MadSci Network: General Biology

Re: What does a scientist do?

Date: Wed Jul 28 20:22:29 1999
Posted By: Samuel Conway, Senior Scientist, Message Pharmaceuticals, Aston, PA
Area of science: General Biology
ID: 932181163.Gb

Wow.  That's a sort of big question.  Scientists do a lot of things.

Some scientists try to figure out how things work, like the weather.

Other scientists try to find new or better ways of doing things, like
using wind or water power to make electricity, or how to run our cars
without using gasoline.

Many scientists work closely with doctors to try to discover new 
medicines for illnesses that we do not yet have ways to cure.

For some more examples of what scientists do, you might want to read these 
previous Mad Scientist answers:

How are scientists creative?

Chemistry careers

Organic/Inorganic chemists

Biochemistry jobs

Research scientist jobs

Zoology careers

Astronomy careers

Astronomy/Cosmology careers

No matter what they are working on, though, scientists always try to 
find answers to "WHY?" and "HOW?"

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