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Hot Jobs: Advanced Manufacturing's High Tech Career Paths

What do you think of when you think of a factory? Some loud, dirty place where thousands of workers assemble the same parts over and over for 8 hours a day? Well guess what? We're not talking about your Grandfather’s factory anymore! Thanks to Advanced Manufacturing – the making of products using cutting edge technology- factories in Virginia and all over the US are undergoing some exciting changes. Today's high tech work environments are bright, relatively quiet factories that are almost as sterile as a medical lab.

Question Your World: How Do Languages Impact Infants?

One of humanity’s most unique traits is verbal language. All over the world people wake up every morning and greet each other in a myriad of different languages. Our languages determine cultural understanding, education, and many more aspects of life including growth and development. So, how do languages impact infants? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.

Question Your World: Can Genetic Mutations Really Happen?

From radioactive bug bites to strange evolutionary adaptations, the concept of mutations has been a part of science fiction for a long time. Growing blue fur, healing super quickly, or flying are just a few examples of results of genetic mutations, but can these genetic mutations really happen? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Geocaching in the Woods and the City

Think of geocaching as a high tech scavenger hunt that can be played virtually anywhere, anytime, with any number of people. It's a world wide phenomenon that involves satellite science to hide and search for containers that contain a log and other trinkets called hitch hikers. Jared Ress, an interpreter at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield County, says geocaching is being done all over the world.

Footprints on the James

Students all over central Virginia learn about the James River Watershed every year in their science and history classes. The James has played an integral part in Virginia’s human and natural history. But how often do students get to take an up close look at the systems that make up the biology of the river, or learn the history of transporting cargo on a batteau while crewing one down the river?

Question Your World: Can Stress Be Good for You?

Seems like more often than not when stress comes up it’s followed with advice on how to avoid or get rid of it from our lives. While stress does have many negative aspects, there are a few things that you actually need stress for. In that case, can stress be good for you? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Question Your World: What's the Future of Vision Correction?

A long time ago our natural limitations were addressed by using technology.  Stone weapons and fire revolutionized the way we live regardless of our natural limitations. Since then science has advanced a lot more and evolved our lives in the process. How about vision? What's the next step in correcting our visual limitations? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.

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