We should put greater emphasis on not just scientific education, but scientific thinking
Congratulations to Bangladeshi scientist Dr Abidur Rahman, for successfully leading the research on remedying soil pollution caused by pollutants accumulated from nuclear accidents. The research team -- which is based in Japan -- also consisted of researchers from the University of Tokyo, Shimane University, and Iwate University; our congratulations go out to them all.
This research is especially important for places that are experiencing the aftermath of nuclear disasters.
The presence of radioactive cesium in soil not only turns it infertile and incapable of growing plants, but ultimately also makes its way into our food cycles and eco-systems. Now, the research team led by Dr Rahman has shown that a method called phytoremediation can be used to decontaminate polluted soil. As such, these findings will be greatly beneficial for countries still struggling with the aftereffects of nuclear pollution.
Dr Abidur’s research and discovery only serves as further proof of the benefits of investing in and believing in science. We are living in difficult times when populist rhetoric and fear mongering has often resulted in public distrust of science as a whole. The coronavirus pandemic especially showed us the extent and consequent dangers of misinformation and scientific ignorance.
News such as this serves as an affirmation of the capabilities of science and its potential for greatly furthering the development and quality of human life. Here at home, we should put greater emphasis on not just scientific education, but scientific thinking, free from politics or dogma. With the right investments, science will give us the solutions we need