You’ve probably heard by now that the Norfolk, Hampton, and Virginia Beach areas are experiencing the fastest sea level rise on the East Coast. How could this be happening? Like many other complex issues, there are a few variables at play. We discussed some of the global reasons for sea level rise, but what about our costal areas right here in Virginia? Are the rumors true? Are our coastal areas sinking?
Question Your World
For 250,000 years humanity has looked up at the vastness of the night sky and wondered about what else could possibly be out there. Over the years our search has become a bit more fine tuned, but we still wonder that big question if we’re alone in the universe or if there’s possibly a place that could hold life. Right now astronomers are thrilled to hear rumors about a big announcement that the European Southern Observatory will make in a few weeks.
While the whole world is fixated on the summer games in Rio let’s use this as an opportunity to dig into some climate science. Athletes and sports fans from around the world have gathered in Rio to observe this awesome pageantry of human potential. Anyone that’s ever planned a party before knows how difficult it is to get a group of people on the same page. So, imagine how incredible it is to bring the world together for a few weeks.
In July of 2016 a huge energy milestone was accomplished when the Solar Impulse 2 plane successfully ended its around the world trip without using a single drop of fossil fuel. While this is journey being celebrated around the world it’s also raising a lot of questions. So today let’s ask the big question that could one day impact how we visit relatives, make work trips, and plan our vacations.
As the global population grows we’ll need more and more food to keep everyone healthy and nourished. Developing nations face this challenge more than other countries, but scientists are working on many interesting ways to keep humanity provided with proper nutrition, including using a very special kind of cockroach.
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.
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.