Sometimes a really small thing can make a very large impact. That's what scientists recently concluded when answering one of the age old questions that humanity has wondered since our earliest days on the plains of Africa, how did zebras get their stripes? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.
Articles by Prabir Mehta
Cases for mobile phones are one of the most common purchases made when getting a new phone. This makes perfect sense because it is very important to protect the phone. After all, it holds a lot of important information and allows the user to do a myriad of things at a moment's notice. Well, similarly our brain is very important and nature's well designed case for it, the skull, plays a very important protective role. The only thing that is unlike the mobile phone case, your brain can't be replaced...or can it?
It’s nearly impossible to go anywhere in the continental United States and not have access to chicken as a meal option. Chicken meat and eggs have been a standard here for what seems like forever, but it had to start somewhere. So, who brought chickens to the Americas? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.
The energy conversation here on Earth is very important because it has applications in nearly every aspect of our lives. Everything from the medical industry to waste management to technology and even entertainment are all subject to greater energy demands. Plants have created a way of fueling their lives by the things in their surroundings, sunlight, atmosphere, and the soil. Could we use nature as an inspiration?
Living on the top floor of a building gives one the opportunity to truly appreciate the modern wonders of science, specifically the elevator. This transportation lift makes it a lot easier to reach higher and taller destinations. Scientists have recently been considering putting the same thinking towards our closest celestial neighbor. So, why should we make a lunar elevator? Find out in this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia.
People all over the world, regardless of race, age, location, or culture all have one thing they can always talk about, the weather. Our day to day world is always subject to changes in the weather. Sometimes weather produces violent storms, catastrophic gusts of winds, or sudden extreme changes. For example, recently the United States seems to have experienced an extreme bout of arctic cold.
Trees are some of the most amazing organisms on our planet. So much of our world is the way it is because of the behind-the-scenes work that they do every single second. Trees put oxygen into our atmosphere, support a myriad of ecosystems, and continue to surprise us with their amazing biological processes that make them thrive all over our planet. They exist standing alone or in vast neighborhoods, but how do trees work together to help their communities?
Way back around the time of dinosaurs the first crocodiles started to appear. After millions of years of evolution they have become the intense hunters and frighteningly large reptiles that we know today. These animals are the alpha predators in some parts of the world, are stealthy hunters, some have the strength to bring down a small elephant, and they just got even scarier! One of the scariest questions in the world just got answered. That question? Can crocodiles climb trees?
For a long time we've been fascinated by dinosaurs. Makes total sense, they're awesome, some were huge, some were tiny, and they certainly rile up the imagination. But, are there still new species being discovered? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.
As we move into the future with more powerful technology and a better understanding of the past we are starting to piece together the past as accurately as possible. Our origins have fascinated us for nearly all of recorded history and continue to do so today. With this better understanding we can finally start to answer some of the big questions about our existence on Earth as the dominant species. So, how did we become who we are?