While distant glaciers melting and homeless polar bears have been a major focus of the of the mainstream climate change dialogue, our home here in Virginia has not quite made it onto big lists and front page articles, until now.
Question Your World
In 1879 Thomas Edison unveiled the light bulb at a dramatic ceremony in Times Square. Since then humanity has been obsessed with our 24 hour access to light. We’ve filled our homes, cars, streets, highways, and parking lots with an abundance of lights. While controlled light has been very handy in keeping us safe and entertained at night, there have been some pretty big issues as well.
As summer temperatures begin to rise we turn to our old friend air conditioning, but what about all those people around the world without electricity? Extreme heat causes many problems and impacts millions of people around the world. A new idea was recently proposed to cool off homes without electricity and clean up trash at the same time.
Disney’s “Finding Dory” is about to make quite the splash at the box office. The film franchise started in 2003 with “Finding Nemo” and has made a pretty big impact in the worlds of family entertainment and marine ecosystems. Will "“Finding Dory” impact marine life? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.
Coffee and humanity have a pretty close relationship. Currently, it’s the second most traded good around the globe next to petroleum. Here in the United States we consume a little over 400 million cups a day. Most people start their day with that first cup and then head to work. More often than not the commute to work will involve a paved road. This is a pretty remarkable story of how coffee is getting involved with making our road ways more eco-friendly.
In an ever changing world of newer and newer technology, the past sometimes seems very irrelevant. However, sometimes things that took place in the past serve as an amazing resource to help tackle tomorrow’s concerns. What can scientists learn from ancient history? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.
The global energy dialogue is very important. There are many variables that factor in to the future of how our planet can sustainably provide power to an ever growing population. Different environments will provide different opportunities for new ideas based on history, culture, and resources. Scientists in Indonesia have been looking at fuel alternatives including the use of tofu.
Did everyone have a good night's sleep? We all know that sleep is super important for basic physical and mental functions, but are humans getting enough sleep everywhere? Creating a survey that includes populations from all over the planet would be an enormous amount of work, but thanks to app technology the job has been made a little easier.
Election debates, the olympics, lunar landings, and many other historic cultural events have been shared around the world thanks to live broadcasts. Broadcast technology has developed quite a bit in the last three decades and now includes live streams happening all the time from all around the world. Well, some scientists have recently started another live broadcast and this one is totally mind blowing.
Our technological world keeps growing at an exponential rate thus digital security becomes a huge issue. Identity theft is one of the biggest concerns to high security locations. However new ideas are being used all the time to ensure advances in keeping secured places safe. Move over fingerprints, it's time to move the security industry ahead, literally a head, by using our skulls!