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Prabir Mehta

Articles by Prabir Mehta

Question Your World: Could We Ever Control Our Biological Clocks?

Every living creature on Earth is designed, more or less, by four basic nucleic acids. These acids combined in various sequences and strands form our DNA, which dictates everything about us from our daily physiology to our biological rhythms, commonly referred to as our biological clocks. This clock controls when we’re active, when we eat, how we age, and so on.

Question Your World: What's a Cloaked Nanoparticle?

Everyone’s familiar with the old fable about the wolf in sheep’s clothing. In this story a wolf dresses up like a sheep and sneaks past the farmer to go straight to his fluffy targets. Well, a similar story is currently unfolding in the medical field and it could have a huge impact on cancer patients. Check out the latest Question Your World Radio Report from the Science Museum of Virginia.

Question Your World: How Does Sugar Impact Our Brain?

How does sugar impact our brain? Well, this is a tale of two sugars - glucose and fructose. Both occur naturally, but one of them has a vastly different way of communicating with your brain. In one corner we have glucose, commonly found in pineapples and oranges among others. The consumption of this sugar registers a “full” feeling in the brain.

Question Your World: Why Do We Fall In Love?

Romeo and Juliette and our parents at one point had a surge of emotions that made them want to be with one another. Since love is in the air as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, let's dig into the science of these emotions and ask the big question: WHY do we fall in love? Learn more in this week’s Question Your World Radio report by the Science Museum of Virginia.

Question Your World: Orbiting Refuel and Repair Stations?

Consider yourself lucky if you’ve never run out of gas while driving your car. This small and easily preventable inconvenience can be a real problem for getting to work on time or just looking smooth on a date. The problem becomes way worse when you’re far from the closest gas station. It’s bad enough to be stranded fifty miles away, but imagine being hundreds of miles away from the Earth’s surface and running into the same issue.

Question Your World: What’s the Deal with the Phrase “Sleep on it?”

You don’t have to be Jerry Seinfeld to ask questions about the sleepier parts of your life. The average human spends nearly a third of their life sleeping! While you’re busy catching z’s, your brain is busy working on other tasks! Everything from healing your body to creating your memory structure happens while you’re off in dream land.

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