Science Sees Further: How Science Will Answer Some of the World’s Biggest Questions

November 30, 2010

LONDON, November 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Are we alone in the universe?
Can we save the lives of millions with new vaccines? How can we manage the
increasing demands on our planet’s resources? These questions and many of the
other most challenging issues for the world today will be answered by the
scientific advances described in the Royal Society’s new report, Science sees
further, launched today (30th November 2010) to celebrate its founding 350
years ago.

Outgoing President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees, said: “In 1660,
when the Royal Society was founded, science was in its infancy. Our lives
today differ from those of our ancestors largely because of the scientific
advances made in the subsequent 350 years. There may well be 9 billion people
on Earth by mid-century, each having rising expectations, and the consequent
pressures on the environment will be hard to manage. However, the answer will
lie in new science, and in better application of what we already know.
Science is an unending quest for understanding: as old questions are settled,
new ones come into sharper focus. There can be no better way to celebrate the
Royal Society’s 350th anniversary than to look to the future of science,
built on the foundations of today’s cutting-edge research.”

Science sees further will describe how science will address some of the
biggest issues the world currently faces, each one explored by an eminent
scientist or scientists in the relevant field. The document will focus on
twelve key areas of scientific endeavour, covering subjects such as health,
the environment, technology and the universe. Issues that the document will
address include:

    Are we alone in the universe?
    How can we stay young?
    How is the World Wide Web changing the world?
    How will stem cell technology revolutionise medicine?

Science sees further and associated interactive audio and video material
can be found on a dedicated part of the Royal Society website at

Notes for Editors

The Royal Society is an independent academy promoting the natural and
applied sciences. Founded in 1660, the Society has three roles, as the UK
academy of science, as a learned Society, and as a funding agency.

For more information and/or interview requests please contact:

Alice Henchley: alice.henchley@royalsociety.org

Andrew Swailes: andrew.swailes@royalsociety.org

SOURCE Royal Society(UK academy of science)

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