• Question: Has science changed the way you live, if so, how?

    Asked by ellie_eustace to Craig, Marta, Natalie, Nicholas on 15 Mar 2017.
    • Photo: Marta Varela

      Marta Varela answered on 15 Mar 2017:

      Hi Ellie.

      It’s hard to remember how I lived before being very interested in science. If you are thinking in terms of lifestyle (eating healthily, exercising regularly), it surely didn’t. I know the benefits of doing all these things, but in practice science takes so much of my time, that if anything, I do less of that than most people!

    • Photo: Craig O'Hare

      Craig O'Hare answered on 15 Mar 2017:

      Yes, I think science really has changed my life. Science has afforded me the opportunity travel to lots of new places and make new friends.

      During my time at uni I was lucky enough to go to Boston for 4 months to do some research. I also moved over to the UK from Ireland to start my PhD. I think had doing teaching or journalism instead I probably would have never left Dublin.

      Speaking in terms of day to day stuff; my research means I have to be more organised if I want to have any kind of balance between work and social life stuff. It’s very easy to stay late in the lab and have that take over your life. I used to really struggle with that at the start of my PhD. Now I try be more disciplined and give myself some time to go to the gym, watch netflix and read comics too.

    • Photo: Natalie Doig

      Natalie Doig answered on 16 Mar 2017:

      Science has changed the way we all live! Science is everything! Science has given us all some amazing things, such as your mobile phone, commercial flight, better treatment and/or cures to a number of diseases or disorders that were previously life threatening. For example, before antibiotics around 50% of people died from infection! All development can be linked back to advances in science, technology, engineering and mathematics! This computer i’m typing this on now wouldn’t be possible without science.