What You Need to Know About the World Around You
Given the complexity and scope of challenges we face related to science, engineering, and medicine, it can be difficult at times to separate fact from opinion. The âWhat You Need to Knowâ websites are primers on topics of social and scientific interest. By providing basic, objective information about issues that affect us as individuals and as a nation, they aim to help people make better decisions, informed by science.
American society, with a standard of living unprecedented in human history, can attribute a large measure of its success to increasingly sophisticated uses of energy. But that condition has come at a costâto irreplaceable resources, to the environment, and to our national independence. Discover how we produce and utilize energy today and how that might change in the future.
Learn about energy loss and how our choices can minimize it.2044431207
Our Energy System
Where does our energy come from? Whereâs it going? Find out.6012228428
Exploring Emerging Technologies
An increasing share of future needs will be met by technologies now in the research or development stage.Read More
Consider Environmental Impact
Many of the worldâs poorest people, who lack the resources to respond to the impacts of climate change, are likely to suffer the most.6823344155
Most of our body weight is made up of microbes. They live on our skin, in our gut, and throughout our bodies. Most donât do us any harmâin fact, many help us survive. But there are certain bacteria, viruses, and other microbial life forms that can cause illness, or even death. Learn the basics about microbes and the fascinating relationship we have with them.