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11 Science Instagram Accounts You Should Follow For The Science March

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We could not be more excited heading toward this weekend’s nationwide March for Science, as it combines all the best things: science, social activism, and creative sign art. Whether you’re a scientist yourself or you casually appreciate the art of systematically studying our surroundings, we could all benefit from expanding our perspectives. For most of us, scientific education ends the moment we graduate high school or finish that required lab course in college.


But there’s a lot more to science than measuring mold growth and building model volcanoes. You’d be hard-pressed to find one aspect of your life untouched by science—from the food you eat to the clothes you wear and the car you drive. So as we prepare to spend a full day appreciating and fighting for science, it’d be worthwhile to explore exactly what that entails. The following science-oriented Instagram accounts can help you do just that.

The Cloud Appreciation Society

Did you know how many different types of clouds there are? Neither did we until we stumbled upon this account.

The Mars Curiosity Rover

Ever dream of living on Mars someday? This is the account to follow. When you do, take a moment to let the fact sink in that we have detailed photos of extraterrestrial terrain—photos we can view from our pocket computers.

Science Museum

If you’re the type to always want to visit your local arts and science museum but can’t seem to find the time, this account is the perfect compromise. From facts about historical figures to robot videos and exhibition photos, this account (brought to you by the Science Museum in London) has a little bit of everything.

San Diego Zoo

As one of the most famous zoos in the country, San Diego lives up to its reputation of prioritizing wildlife preservation and protecting endangered species from extinction. With each stunning photo, the zoo posts informational tidbits. For example, did you know brown bears eat a varied diet of roots, tubers, and insects, and only occasionally hunt prey like rodents, deer, and lost hikers?

Science Channel

You no longer need cable to enjoy the best parts of every nerd’s favorite TV network. Beyond the beautiful photos and videos, there are fun explainers for everyday questions, from where the pi symbol comes from to the potential number of habitable planets in our galaxy.

Caltech

As the MIT of the West Coast, Caltech fosters some of the world’s best scientific minds. Through their Instagram, we can all be up to date on their latest research and developments.

Science Alert

If science writing had a baby with a travel blog, this would be it—equal parts beautiful and fascinating.

NOAA Fisheries

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration works to ensure U.S. fisheries are sustainable and studies a variety of marine ecosystems in the process. Luckily for us, they also share incredible photos of their findings, like the glass squid above.

Audubon Society

The National Audubon Society has been protecting birds and their natural habitats since 1905. Now, in the new millennium, they’ve mastered social media. If you’re in the Washington, D.C., area, join them at the Science March this Saturday.

U.S. Department of the Interior

You probably wouldn’t expect a federal agency to have an impressive social media profile, but with 1.3 million followers, they must be doing something right. After scrolling through their feed, the only problem is figuring out which national park you want to visit first.

NASA

This one is a no-brainer for a reason. From glimpses of black holes (as seen above) to rocket launches and bright green auroras seen from space, NASA’s photos give us an astronomical perspective.

Articles

The healthcare systems in the United States and the United Kingdom couldn't be more different.

The UK's National Health Service is the largest government-run healthcare system in the world and the US's is largest private sector system.

Almost all essential health services in the UK are free, whereas in America cost can vary wildly based on insurance, co pays and what the hospitals and physicians choose to charge.

A medical bill in the US

One of the largest differences is cost. The average person in the UK spends £2,989 ($3915) per year on healthcare (most of which is collected through taxes), whereas the average American spends around $10,739 a year.

So Americans should obviously be getting better care, right? Well, the average life expectancy in the UK is higher and infant mortality rate is lower than that in the US.

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Plus, in the U.S., only 84% of people are covered by private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. Sixteen percent of the population are forced to pay out of pocket.

In the UK, everyone is covered unless they are visiting the country or an undocumented resident.

Prescription drugs can cost Americans an arm and a leg, but in the UK, prescriptions or either free or capped at £8.60 ($11.27).

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The one drawback to the NHS system is responsiveness. In the UK people tend to wait longer for inessential surgeries, doctor's appointments, and in emergency rooms. Whereas, the US is ranked as the most responsive country in the world.

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The New York Times printed a fair evaluation of the UK's system:

The service is known for its simplicity: It is free at the point of use to anyone who needs it. Paperwork is minimal, and most patients never see a bill. … No one needs to delay medical treatment until he or she can afford it, and virtually everyone is covered. …

According to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United States spent 17.2 percent of its economic output on health care in 2016, compared with 9.7 percent in Britain. Yet Britain has a higher life expectancy at birth and lower infant mortality.

Citizens in each country have an interesting perspective on each other's healthcare systems. UK citizens think it's inhumane for Americans have to pay through the nose when they're sick or injured. While Americans are skeptical of socialist medicine.

A reporter from Politics Joe hit the streets of London and asked everyday people what they think Americans pay for healthcare and they were completely shocked.

Health

Bans on plastic bags and straws can only go so far. Using disposable products, like grabbing a plastic fork when you're on the go, can be incredibly convenient. But these items also contribute to our growing plastic problem.

Fortunately, you can cut down on the amount of waste you produce by cutting down on disposable products. And even more fortunately, there are sustainable (and cute) replacements that won't damage the environment.

Coconut bowls


Cocostation

Who says sustainable can't also be stylish? These cute coconut bowls were handmade using reclaimed coconuts, making each piece one of a kind. Not only are they organic and biodegradable, but they're also durable, in case your dinner parties tend to get out of hand. The matching ebony wood spoons were polished with the same coconut oil as the bowls.

Cocostation Set of 2 Vietnamese Coconut Bowls and Spoons, $14.99; at Amazon

Solar powered phone charger

Dizaul

Why spend time looking around for an outlet when you can just harness the power of the sun? This solar powered phone charger will make sure your phone never dies as long as you can bask in the sun's rays. As an added bonus, this charger was made using eco-friendly silicone rubber. It's win-win all around.

Dizaul Solar Charger, 5000mAh Portable Solar Power Bank, $19.95; at Amazon, $19.95; at Amazon

Herb garden kit

Planter Pro

Put some green in your life with this herb planter. The kit comes with everything you need to get a garden growing, including a moisture meter that helps you determine if your herbs are getting the right amount of food to flourish. All the seeds included are certified to be non-GMO and non-hybrids, meaning you can have fresh, organic herbs right at your fingertips.

Planter Pro's Herb Garden Cedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazonedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazon

Reusable Keurig cups

K & J

Keurig cups are convenient, but they also create a ton of plastic waste. These Keurig-compatible plastic cups are an easy way to cut down on the amount of trash you create without cutting down on your caffeine. Additionally, you won't have to keep on buying K Cups, which means you'll be saving money and the environment.

K&J Reusable Filter Cups, $8.95 for a set of 4,; at Amazon

Low-flow shower head

Speakman

Low-flow water fixtures can cut down your water consumption, which saves you money while also saving one of the Earth's resources. This shower head was designed with a lighter flow in mind, which means you'll be able to cut down on water usage without feeling like you're cutting down on your shower.

Speakman Low Flow Shower Head, $14.58; at Amazon

Bamboo safety razor

Zomchi

Instead of throwing away a disposable razor every time you shave, invest in an eco-friendly, reusable one. This unisex shaver isn't just sustainable, it's also sharp-looking, which means it would make a great gift for the holidays.

Zomchi Safety Razor, $16.99; at Amazon

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Instagram / Leonardo DiCaprio

This August, the world watched as the Amazon burned. There were 30,901 individual fires that lapped at the largest rainforest in the world. While fires can occur in the dry season due to natural factors, like lightning strikes, it is believed that the widespread fires were started by loggers and farmers to clear land. Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, cites a different cause: the actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

DiCaprio wasn't accused of hanging out in the rainforest with a box of matches, however President Bolsonaro did accuse the actor of funding nonprofit organizations that allegedly set fires to raise donations.

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