How’d you sleep last night? We often talk about how important sleep is because there’s always more and more new research to back up that claim! We've seen the lack of sleep cause lots of damage to the human system, but this new discovery is pretty worthy of making a big deal. After all, how often can we talk about brains being zombies?!
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Glacial ice cores are mile-long cylindrical columns of layered ice that are drilled out of the thickest parts of ice sheets from places like Greenland or Antarctica. Glacial ice cores are fascinating feats of human scientific and technologic achievement and they’re highly-detailed collection of environmental information too. A recent study has been able to see the rise and fall of the Roman Empire by studying the ancient climate by studying ice cores. How cool is that? Ice cold, of course.
Let’s talk about the animal kingdom. As of last year nearly 80% of American households have domesticated dogs or cats. These familiar pets are just some examples of the 1.2 million species of living things known by science. This big number accounts for your pets, plants, wild animals, fungi, single celled organisms, and algae-like lifeforms, but more impressive is the number of species that have yet to be discovered by science.
With summertime rapidly approaching, Virginians are bracing for those days of the year that kind of feel like we’re living inside of someone’s mouth, hot, sticky, and socially uncomfortable. So why do muggy days feel the way they do and what can we expect this summer?
Health problems continue to be a major issue for the human species. Every year hundreds of millions of people are diagnosed with conditions that either impact quality of life or lead to more grim situations. Our health is easily the most important aspect of our lives and any new research on this topic is very closely studied, scrutinized, and distributed for public awareness. So, when a remarkable find in the medical community happens, we take it upon ourselves to let you know!
As our environmental conditions change, so must the way we approach certain aspects of life. Agriculture and its annual yield have a lot to do with the weather. As climate changes, these impacts can be felt by everyone in the region, from the farmers themselves to what we're seeing on the shelves at grocery stores. How can we make farms more resilient? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.
For science, sometimes big discoveries are sitting there right in front of us just waiting to be found. This has caused some strange discoveries in our timeline of exploration and understanding. For example as weird as it may seem, the planet Uranus was discovered long before Antarctica, even though Antarctica has been right here on Earth this whole time. It was only a couple of years ago that we understood that four species of giraffes have been walking Africa the whole time we’ve been on Earth.
As the spring makes way for summer there are a few things we can usually look forward to. Spring cleaning chores, pollen, and lots of rain! Spring cleaning is what it is and downsizing is a pretty mentally healthy thing after a long winter spent mostly indoors. Pollen, we happened to have just done a piece on pollen recently, so check that out to lear more on our regional pollen intensity. That leaves, rain!
There are billions of people that get around every single day using all kinds of modes of transportations. For moving the most people at once we still rely on the conventional trains, plans, and automobiles, but all that could change thanks to new innovations in the transportation technology industry. Every day researchers and scientists are looking for ways to develop new 21st century options for how we move around.