Been kind of rough for me the last several days. It’s been rough for a lot of people these days. But that is not what this post is going to be about. We all need a little cheering up. For all my friends and family who keep posting good news about what else is going on around us, I thank you. For my eccentric friends who post on science and technology, you have my thanks. I saw in my newsfeed this afternoon a scientist in California is thinking about running for the U.S. Senate in 2018. To which I say good. We need more leaders who understand the positives and potential drawbacks to our rapidly advancing technology and science. I see that just in the first month of 2017 alone, scientists have figured out how to use cultured stem cells to treat leukemia in babies. I have seen that real life Iron Man Elon Musk is attempting to build his Hyperloop transport systems. I have seen that scientists at Kansas State University have figured out how to mass produce graphene, which is much stronger, lighter, and more flexible than steel. If this does pan out, graphene will prove to be to steel what steel was to iron or bronze was to stone tools.
I once wrote that regardless of who gets elected to public offices, science and tech advances won’t stop. Science and tech keeps advancing, even if not as much in your home country as other places. I should learn to relax. We all should learn to relax. We have violence and protesters now, we had violence and protesters back in the 1960s and even 1860s. We got out of those messes. We will get out our current mess. It was said by a man much wiser than I am, “men go mad in mass but only come to their senses individually.” People will come to their senses, maybe not as fast I would prefer. But they will. Relax. The lights are still on, the water is still available, the internet is still up, and scientists and engineers are always solving problems.
This is one of my favorite blogs you’ve written, Zach! It’s to the point , well stated and simple! Yes, the lights are still on and relaxation is great medicine. So, I’m off to fill the bird feeders and scatter peanuts for the jays and squirrels. Then I’ll have hot tea and listen to Motown tunes and read a book.