As summer vacation planning continues, more and more of us look to our beaches and shorelines for quick getaways. Well, we’re not the only ones thinking about our shorelines. Climate scientists have been studying our coastline for some time now. They are focused on the shore to better understand climate change and to further answer today’s big question: what causes sea levels to rise? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.
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Pokemon debuted in 1996 and since then has become a main stay in the world of cartoons, comics, and video games. Despite the fact that it’s two decades old, the newly released smartphone game (Pokemon Go) is proof that the franchise is doing better than ever. How will this game and its augmented reality technology impact the future? Let’s dig in to see how it’ll impact our actual reality.
NASA’s JUNO spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit on July 4, 2016. Here in the United States we were celebrating a historic event when we left the king, but over 500 million miles away JUNO was just arriving at the king of the planets. It makes for some pretty interesting perspective for Independence Day! Regardless, this story made headlines all over the planet.
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.
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.