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.
Question Your World
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.
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.