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What Did Astronomers Work on in 2017?

2017 was a huge year for news here on Earth, but astronomers spent the better portion of the year getting pumped about some astronomical firsts that happened in space! As the year comes to a close let’s explore some of the big astronomical firsts in 2017 by asking today’s big question: What did astronomers work on in 2017? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.

How Big Can Facebook Get?

In the last decade we’ve seen something grow from a seemingly passing trend for college students to something that now seems like a daily or sometimes hourly necessity, social media. As the years continue we see more and more use of social media across the planet. Facebook currently leads the world in social media audience and is still growing.

The Diversity Problem in Science

Why is it we know so little about the lived experiences of scientists of color and their responses to the claims made about them in the name of science? Dr. Evelyn Hammonds, a historian of science at Harvard University, uses W. E. B. DuBois' 1939 essay, “The Negro Scientist,” to address the question of the persistent under-representation of native-born U.S. African –Americans, Native Americans and Latino Americans in the U.S. scientific and technical workforce from the early 20th century to the present.


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