Many of us worry about things that we can’t see with the naked eye because they seem so abstract that they are hard to comprehend. Thinking about these 10 random topics at different powers of 10 helps give one a starting point.
- cloning using DNA (10-9) of sheep (100), flowers (10-2), or ants (10-3)
- national debt now measured in the trillions of dollars (10+12)
- search for UFOs and aliens (10+18) and looking at images from the Hubble Telescope (10+23)
- how germs (10-6) like bacteria, viruses, mold can impact a person (100) vs. a whole region (10+5)
- clean water – (10-8) h2o molecule, (100) glass of water, (10+3) river, (10+4) lake, (10+6) ocean
- global warming – (10-12) Carbon atom, (10+12) sun, (10+9) billions of carbons atoms, (10+7) earth (Note: At what point, does the carbon molecule reach the tipping point and become something to be concerned about?)
- migration of a (10-1) butterfly to (10+5) seasonal migration across a region
- planetary travel (10+9) to (10+15) in the solar system
- nanotechnology (10-4) very tiny mechanical devices which are getting smaller
- weather patterns (10+3) in the neighborhood to (10+7) all over the world
What tools would you need to study these subjects? Telescope, binoculars, microscope, magnifying glass, Hubble telescope, reading glasses, electron microscope, x-rays? Rulers, measuring tapes? Clocks? Calendars? Cameras?
Once you can see it, then you can study it and then you can solve it.