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10 Science Principles You See in Action Every Day

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by: Sarah Grace McCandless
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This rainbow over an acacia tree on a Kenyan savannah demonstrates refraction, one of our 10 everyday science principles.
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As noted astronomer Carl Sagan once said, "We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology." If you take a quick glance at the world around you, you'll find yourself surrounded by truths that support his statement. From static shock and magnetism to the conversion of matter and gravitational pull, we are constantly bearing witness to demonstrations of science principles, whether we realize it or not.

The word "science" stems from the Latin "scientia" meaning "knowledge," and it's a root that makes perfect sense, as the practice heavily relies on the study of the natural world, be it physical, chemical, biological, or geological. Aspects of science generally start out as a hypothesis that's put to the test to see whether or not it holds true. Once these theories are proven, many become a part of day-to-day actions and world. Let's take a look at some of the more common science principles that take place right before your eyes -- no lab required.

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