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Question Your World: Why Are Bees An Endangered Species?

For the last few years, we’ve been hearing about the decline of the bees. Now, in the first week of 2017, the rusty patched bumble bee has officially been designated as an endangered species. To dig in a little deeper, let’s see what’s putting the sting on our bees. Why are bees an endangered species?Listen to this Question Your Worldradio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Question Your World: How Does The Way You Breathe Impact Your Brain?

Science has solved a lot of the mysteries of the universe, but there are still many things that we know very little about, like our brain. The brain is our cerebral powerhouse and we humans have a pretty unique one compared to all the species that live here on Earth. Recently scientists did an experiment to answer a very big question: How does the way you breathe impact your brain? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Question Your World: What Science Milestones Took Place In 2016?

As the year comes to a close we tend to look back at all the amazing things that took place in the year. 2016 is no exception to that rule. There were a myriad of awesome moments this year for the world of science. Let’s close out this year by asking the big wrap-up question: What science milestones took place in 2016? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.

Question Your World: How Does Running Impact the Brain?

As we begin to wrap up the year a lot of people start making resolutions for the upcoming new year. One of the most popular new year’s resolutions is to get in shape by running more. We already know that running has noticeable impacts on the cardio and muscular functions of our body, but how does running impact the brain? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.

Question Your World: Can the Duck-Billed Platypus Help Fight Diabetes?

Occasionally science gets to experience some pretty bizarre discoveries. In the past we’ve made strange discoveries in medicine like finding penicillin in caves, for example. Similarly, medical scientists recently found a very interesting new lead on fighting type 2 diabetes from the land down under. No, it does not involve a cave this time, but instead an animal.

Question Your World: How Are We Changing How We Eat?

Happy holidays, science fans! As you know between now and the end of the year we Americans will be doing a lot of festive feasting. From holiday parties to dinner outings with old friends or eating those traditional family meals, we’ll be doing a lot of consuming. Similar to literally everything else in the universe, traditional meals are subject to change as well.

Question Your World: Digging Into The Numbers Behind Thanksgiving

Every November our nation takes an evening off from the regular run of things to gather with friends, family, and loved ones to reflect on all the things that we are thankful for. Thanksgiving is one of the largest holidays in the United States of America and like everything else it too can be viewed through the lens of science. Let’s take a moment to dig into the numbers behind this autumnal holiday. Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.

Question Your World: Can We Power The World By Using Our Feet?

The challenge of providing energy for a growing population while simultaneously not contributing to human caused climate change can seem like a tricky proposition. Clean energy traditionally has been associated with solar, wind, hydro, and other such green energy methods. As the planet’s energy needs grow we’ll need more creative approaches to meeting our energy needs. Some scientists have been thinking outside the box by using human commuter’s feet to generate power that is not only renewable, but does not rely on external variables like sunlight, wind, or water.

Question Your World: How Can We See Just The Human Impact On Our Atmosphere?

On Dec 7, 1972 Apollo 17 astronauts took a photo of the Earth that would go on to be known as the Blue Marble. This was one of the most famous photos taken of the entire planet from space. Soon after this photo was released the conservation movement took off at top speed. We were finally given a visual of the home that all humans, regardless of nationality or political affiliation, commonly share.

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