As culture and technology progress, we learn more and more about the natural world that surrounds us. From the obvious to the abstract, science has brought us a deeper understanding of everything from the daily sunlight that hits the Earth to the most distant places in the known universe. Our solar system is one of the biggest mysteries to humanity and we strive to know more and more about our own back yard. We’ve studied closer objects more, but what about those distant places? What do we really know about Pluto?
Our built world is a pretty remarkable byproduct of humanity. From door wedges to the International Space Station, we’ve become pretty good at making stuff. More recently the maker culture has exploded into many niche categories around the world, everything from custom made knives to walls that display vital health stats. Where did all this begin? What was the first thing that got the world of making going? Perhaps more importantly, who was the first maker?
For nearly 400 million years our planet has been home to spiders. In their time on Earth they have become vital parts of ecosystems, some of nature’s coolest architects, and they’ve even fallen down as rain from time to time. Can it really rain spiders? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.
Each year, three million Americans have cataract surgery to improve their vision. Recently, Charles Fishburne of 88.9 WCVE, was one of them and he shared his experience in this Science Matters report.
It is 2:10 p.m. Tuesday. I am in the pre-op room of Virginia Eye Institute’s Surgical Center. They are making me comfortable, attaching an IV and heart monitor and going through a checklist.