For centuries, the Lithuanian city of Vilnius was one of the most important Jewish centers in the world, earning the title “Jerusalem of the North,” until the Nazis destroyed it. About 95% of its Jewish population of Vilna, its name in Hebrew and Yiddish, was murdered and its synagogues and institutions were reduced to ruins. The Soviets finished the job, paving over the remnants of Vilna’s famous Great Synagogue, for example, so thoroughly that few today know it ever existed.
Did you know that 80% of Americans live on islands? These may not be the islands surrounded by sand and water, but instead these are urban heat islands. As the human impact on the environment continues these islands become more and more important to us. First let’s dig into the basics though and start by asking today’s big question, what is a heat island? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.
By now we’re all aware that the dinosaurs were the gigantic rulers of Earth for about 200 million years and in that time frame they evolved in many shapes and sizes. Thanks to this long residency as a species on Earth it’s no wonder that we’re still finding new dino-evidence. So, what is the latest dino-discovery? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.
There are still many mysteries left to solve in the world of science. Occasionally we get to see consumer technology help answer some big questions. This occurrence is a great opportunity to see how some common day to day items are helping sharpen our knowledge about our world. For example, recently scientists have been studying elephants using fit bits. This naturally brings up the first obvious question, why are scientists using fit bits on elephants?