They get out of a soft bed--science--when the alarm clock goes off--science.
They flick a switch--science--and electric lights--science--come on.
They turn on the shower and hot, pressured water--science--comes out.
They dry off with an absorbent towel--science.
They put on manufactured clothes--science--many shipped from overseas--science.
They turn on the TV--science--to check the weather forecast--science--and look at the radar map--science.
walk on stain-resistant carpet--science--to the kitchen where they open
a refrigerator--science--, take out some pasteurized milk--science--and
pour it into a plastic bowel--science--with some government-inspected
They brush their teeth with a plastic toothbrush--science--and cavity-fighting toothpaste--science.
put on their glasses--science--and pour purified water--science--into a
glass--science--and take their prescription medicine--science.
turn down the thermostat--science--on the air-conditioning--science,
knowing that the well-built house--science and its
insulation--science--will keep it cool.
They grab a ceramic
cup--science--and warm up yesterday's coffee from the
coffeemaker--science--by putting it in the microwave--science.
open the garage door by toughing a button--science, get in their car
and start the gasoline--science--engine--science--with a key--science.
They put the transmission--science--in reverse, and the
tires--science--roll backward, onto the concrete driveway--science. They
touch a button and the garage door goes down--science.
down the paved street--science--over a bridge that supports the car's
weight--science-- and stop at the red traffic light--science, until it
turns--science. They see a jetliner flying--science--toward the airport.
They turn on the radio--science--and tune into a satellite news
station--science. They hear that 97 percent of climate scientists agree humans are causing world climate change, as reported on a NASA website--science.
They hear about Oklahoma's two senators saying
climate change is a hoax, and Creationists who think the world was created in six days 6,000 years ago getting on the Texas school
textbook board, all claiming you can't trust science.
NASA Web site
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