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.
Question Your World
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?
Pumpkin pies have become quite an important part of American tradition and history. In fact, every a few hundred million pies are made in the United States. This autumnal treat has a wonderful history, but what about it's future? Will climate change impact our pumpkins? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.
Since the late 1920′s television has become a more common part of our lives. Currently there are nearly 2 billion TV sets in use on our planet. From a large cathode ray unit to the slick mounted internet friendly flat screen, the television has undergone some pretty fantastic upgrades. This prompts the next question, what’s the next big television upgrade? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.