Living on the top floor of a building gives one the opportunity to truly appreciate the modern wonders of science, specifically the elevator. This transportation lift makes it a lot easier to reach higher and taller destinations. Scientists have recently been considering putting the same thinking towards our closest celestial neighbor. So, why should we make a lunar elevator? Find out in this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia.
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People all over the world, regardless of race, age, location, or culture all have one thing they can always talk about, the weather. Our day to day world is always subject to changes in the weather. Sometimes weather produces violent storms, catastrophic gusts of winds, or sudden extreme changes. For example, recently the United States seems to have experienced an extreme bout of arctic cold.
Trees are some of the most amazing organisms on our planet. So much of our world is the way it is because of the behind-the-scenes work that they do every single second. Trees put oxygen into our atmosphere, support a myriad of ecosystems, and continue to surprise us with their amazing biological processes that make them thrive all over our planet. They exist standing alone or in vast neighborhoods, but how do trees work together to help their communities?
Way back around the time of dinosaurs the first crocodiles started to appear. After millions of years of evolution they have become the intense hunters and frighteningly large reptiles that we know today. These animals are the alpha predators in some parts of the world, are stealthy hunters, some have the strength to bring down a small elephant, and they just got even scarier! One of the scariest questions in the world just got answered. That question? Can crocodiles climb trees?
For a long time we've been fascinated by dinosaurs. Makes total sense, they're awesome, some were huge, some were tiny, and they certainly rile up the imagination. But, are there still new species being discovered? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.
As we move into the future with more powerful technology and a better understanding of the past we are starting to piece together the past as accurately as possible. Our origins have fascinated us for nearly all of recorded history and continue to do so today. With this better understanding we can finally start to answer some of the big questions about our existence on Earth as the dominant species. So, how did we become who we are?
Humanity has been fascinated by the concept of longevity. In the past 200,000 years of residence on this planet we've implemented a lot of technological changes that impact nearly every aspect of our lives. Our ability to eat food comfortably, stay warm in cold weather, and even transplant vital organs help improve our standards of living for comfort and health.
Knowing something is a pretty relative concept. For a long time we knew that the Earth was the center of the universe, later we learned we were wrong about what we once knew. So, accuracy means a lot when we say we know things. Using technology, we've been able to accurately know a lot of things about our natural world. There are still many things big things left to learn about, such as the size of the known universe. How accurate are our measurements of the universe?
Busted door knobs, broken heels, and cracked glasses are a few things that can be fixed using super glue. The quick bonding adhesive works on nearly everything, perhaps that's why this glue is considered to be super. As amazing as this glue is it still can't be used to help us seal up surgical cuts and incisions due to its toxicity. So, is there a way to make glue that won’t be dangerous for us?
Every event in the universe that we have been able to observe is deeply entangled with time. Time's forward impact has an influence on everything from the forming of distant galaxies to the wear and tear within our cells. The impact time has on us is called aging. This is a constant and forward moving process, but does it have to be? Can we control aging? Learn more in this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia.