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Science Shorts

Browse the short examples below to see how the same aspects of the nature and process of science play out in different scientific research projects, or search for the topics that interest you.

What is Science?

Scientific knowledge is open to question and revision as new ideas surface and new evidence is discovered.

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Science is ongoing; answering one scientific question frequently leads to additional questions to be investigated. 

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The social side of science

Scientists usually work collaboratively.

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The scientific community is global and diverse. 

Scientists are influenced by their personal experiences and cultures.

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How science works

Scientists test their ideas (hypotheses and theories) by figuring out what expectations are generated by an idea and making observations to find out whether those expectations are borne out.

All scientific tests involve making assumptions, but these assumptions can be independently tested, increasing our confidence in our test results.

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What has science done for you lately?

Scientific knowledge informs public policies and regulations that promote our health, safety, and environmental stewardship.

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