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Question Your World: Why Are You Tired Even After Sleeping?

Waking up can be a little slow going to say the least, right? Well, let’s talk about why we feel tired even when we get enough sleep. Some people, even after the suggested 7 to 8 hours of sleep, will still feel tired throughout the day. Sleep researchers have been looking into this and have a few thoughts on the world of sleep. Let's dig into today's big question: Why are you tired even after sleeping? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Question Your World: How Many Species Are On Earth Right Now?

New species are discovered all the time. In fact one hundred and thirty three new species were identified last year alone. So, while all these new species are being discovered rather frequently, let’s ask today’s big question: How many species are on Earth right now? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Question Your World: What Is A Heat Island?

Did you know that 80% of Americans live on islands? These may not be the islands surrounded by sand and water, but instead these are urban heat islands. As the human impact on the environment continues these islands become more and more important to us. First let’s dig into the basics though and start by asking today’s big question, what is a heat island? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Question Your World: What is the Latest Dino-discovery?

By now we’re all aware that the dinosaurs were the gigantic rulers of Earth for about 200 million years and in that time frame they evolved in many shapes and sizes. Thanks to this long residency as a species on Earth it’s no wonder that we’re still finding new dino-evidence. So, what is the latest dino-discovery? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Question Your World: Why Are Scientists Using Fit Bits On Elephants?

There are still many mysteries left to solve in the world of science. Occasionally we get to see consumer technology help answer some big questions. This occurrence is a great opportunity to see how some common day to day items are helping sharpen our knowledge about our world. For example, recently scientists have been studying elephants using fit bits. This naturally brings up the first obvious question, why are scientists using fit bits on elephants?

Question Your World: Who was the First to Know about Pain Relief?

While we can claim some pretty remarkable advances in human health, a whole different species is now getting credit for the earliest use of medicine. Scientists just found proof of prehistoric medical knowledge that pushes the world of medicine back nearly 40,000 years! Who was the first to know about pain relief? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Question Your World: How Are We Impacted By Tropical Nights?

The day and night cycle on Earth helps bring us different temperatures. Obviously the day time is when things warm up and our nights get colder as we face away from the sun. Recently scientists have been noticing how our nights are increasing in temperature and causing us to experience more tropical nights. This leads to today’s big question, how are we impacted by Tropical Nights?

Question Your World: Is Space Tourism Possible in the Near Future?

As technology advances so do our options on travel. Not only do our options for how we travel change, but so do the options for where we travel. Aerospace manufacturer, SpaceX, has just announced that it will be sending two individuals to orbit the moon in 2018. Is space tourism possible in the near future? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

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