Happy holidays, science fans! As you know between now and the end of the year we Americans will be doing a lot of festive feasting. From holiday parties to dinner outings with old friends or eating those traditional family meals, we’ll be doing a lot of consuming. Similar to literally everything else in the universe, traditional meals are subject to change as well.
Question Your World
Every November our nation takes an evening off from the regular run of things to gather with friends, family, and loved ones to reflect on all the things that we are thankful for. Thanksgiving is one of the largest holidays in the United States of America and like everything else it too can be viewed through the lens of science. Let’s take a moment to dig into the numbers behind this autumnal holiday. Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.
The challenge of providing energy for a growing population while simultaneously not contributing to human caused climate change can seem like a tricky proposition. Clean energy traditionally has been associated with solar, wind, hydro, and other such green energy methods. As the planet’s energy needs grow we’ll need more creative approaches to meeting our energy needs. Some scientists have been thinking outside the box by using human commuter’s feet to generate power that is not only renewable, but does not rely on external variables like sunlight, wind, or water.
On Dec 7, 1972 Apollo 17 astronauts took a photo of the Earth that would go on to be known as the Blue Marble. This was one of the most famous photos taken of the entire planet from space. Soon after this photo was released the conservation movement took off at top speed. We were finally given a visual of the home that all humans, regardless of nationality or political affiliation, commonly share.
Nearly 8 million people take flights every single day here on Earth. This works out to be billions of people that use planes annually. These trips may be for business, family vacation, or a new start in life. Regardless, if people travel across a few time zones they’re all susceptible to the yawning grip of jet lag. As we all know, science is used to better understand the natural world and to make our lives easier. So, can science help with the billions of people world wide that suffer from jet lag?