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Gamification of Quantum Physics

Janet Rafner, a 2015 University of Virginia graduate in Physics and Studio Art, is currently in Denmark on a Fulbright scholarship. She is there to research new ways to create visualizations of complex phenomena in quantum physics. Did you get that? Her job is to figure out visually interesting ways to explain quantum physics to the rest of us. That is no small order, but Janet is doing just that.

Question Your World: Can the Ocean Power Our Houses?

While our global population continues to grow, the science community is constantly looking for new ways to meet the energy needs of our booming species. Electric cars, solar plants, nuclear, coal, biomass, and various other options are all important aspects of energy dialogue happening across the globe. We’ve used the sun, the wind, and fossil fuels, but how about the ocean?

Richmond Ambulance Authority Wins Award for Use of Solar Panels

Dan Fellows, fleet manager of the Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA), has won the national EMS10 Award for his innovative approach to using solar energy to supplement the electrical needs of ambulances. This award, presented at the 2016 EMS Today Conference by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS), recognizes 10 individuals who have contributed to EMS in an exceptional and innovative way.

Question Your World: Who Wants to Go to Space?

Once you’ve bought everything you ever wanted from IKEA and watched everything on Netflix, what else is there possibly left to do? Well, you could go to space. NASA just put out a call for astronauts and were blown away by the results. Let’s tackle this news story with today’s big question: Who wants to go to space? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Emmett Chappelle: Breathing in Space and Life on Mars

Welcome to week three of our ongoing series showcasing black scientists and inventors. This week we will be highlighting Emmett Chappelle who worked with NASA to develop the first breathing apparatuses for space and a method to detect life on Mars. Chappelle has been honored as one of the 100 most distinguished African American scientists of the 20th Century.