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25 Major Scientific Achievements of the 1950s: Can We Top Them?


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The new Science race is on — just like the 1950s — but this time, the prize is not to conquer space, but to conquer pollution, carbon emissions, drought and the rapid extinction of many of life's animal species. Every time we see more wild fires spreading across the world; every time another glacier melts, we are hearing a drum beating. There are still far too many people for whom this drum beat is inaudible. We must radically change our priorities and literally yell and stomp our feet, demanding more funding for scientific research. Time is of the essence.

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