24 Scientific Reasons To Be Glad You're Alive Right Now
When you look at it like this, now is a very good time to be alive.
Life expectancy has doubled over the last 150 years.
And it probably would have been of something horrible, like consumption (tuberculosis), or cholera, or whooping cough.
A few decades ago, HIV would have been a death sentence. Now, people with HIV can live almost as long as they would have without it.
Widespread vaccination programs have all but wiped out several diseases that used to be common.
And scientists are hopeful that we'll soon have vaccines for other diseases, like malaria.
With the extended lifespans given to us by medical science, humans have done some pretty fantastic things.
We've also put several robots on Mars.
And put one in orbit around Saturn and its moons.
Giving us amazing photos of the solar system, like this on of a storm on Saturn.
And this one of Saturn's second largest moon, Rhea, in front of the planet and its rings.
Without science, we wouldn't have seen our home from billions of miles away.
We’ve found over a thousand planets outside our solar system just in the last 20 years.
We're even starting to work out what the conditions are like on these planets. There's one with sideways glass rain, for starters.
But it's not just the big questions. If it wasn't for science, we wouldn't know the best way to pee into a urinal to prevent splashback.
Or how an orgasm can clear your sinuses.
Or that red-footed tortoises are not susceptible to contagious yawning.
Made things levitate.
So when you think about it, now is a pretty good time to be alive.
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