• Question: If you wrote a book on science what would be the subject in science about

    Asked by Ellahorsegirl to Sebastian on 8 Nov 2016.
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      Sebastian Gornik answered on 8 Nov 2016:


      I would like to write a book about evolution, but from the standpoint of small single celled organisms, not the big animals we usually talk about. The small organisms are often forgotten, but they are actually the most abundant life on the planet and deserve a grander place in our understanding :-). They often run the environment and make it the way it is. For example, a group of marine single celled alga called diatoms releases a chemical called dimethylsulphide (DMS) that in turn leads to cloud formation and eventually rain. This is pretty amazing, dont you think!? Also, the distinct ocean smell you can smell is coming from the very same chemical that makes clouds form.

      Interesting, isn’t it?

      That would make a good book I think!? Do you agree?