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Question Your World: Can Living Things Provide Energy for Our World?

The energy conversation here on Earth is very important because it has applications in nearly every aspect of our lives. Everything from the medical industry to waste management to technology and even entertainment are all subject to greater energy demands. Plants have created a way of fueling their lives by the things in their surroundings, sunlight, atmosphere, and the soil. Could we use nature as an inspiration?

Question Your World: Why Should We Make a Lunar Elevator?

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.

Question Your World: What is the Polar Vortex?

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.

Teams Advance at FIRST State Robotics Championship

With team names like “The Loose Screws,” “Robo Warriors” and “Geeks in Just Their Underpants,” it was a safe bet the FIRST Tech Challenge Virginia Championship would not be your average scholastic event. True to form, the daylong robotics tournament in Richmond March 1st mixed equal parts technical ingenuity, competitive spirit and uncanny humor.

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