In July of 2016 a huge energy milestone was accomplished when the Solar Impulse 2 plane successfully ended its around the world trip without using a single drop of fossil fuel. While this is journey being celebrated around the world it’s also raising a lot of questions. So today let’s ask the big question that could one day impact how we visit relatives, make work trips, and plan our vacations.
Technology allows people who are blind to do just about anything they want, according to Peggy Fields, Ph.D., Program Director for Rehabilitation Technology Services with the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI).
“I would have trouble imagining many jobs that a blind person, given the right technology and training, couldn’t do,” she said. What about driving a truck, she was asked? “Well, they’'re already testing self-driving cars.”
Toads make good neighbors. They eat lots of bugs, worms, spiders and slugs and keep our gardens healthy. The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists (VMN) taught us how to make Toad Houses at Explore the Outdoors this year. Watch this Science Matters video to learn how to make your own Toad House and how to protect toads in your yard.
As the global population grows we’ll need more and more food to keep everyone healthy and nourished. Developing nations face this challenge more than other countries, but scientists are working on many interesting ways to keep humanity provided with proper nutrition, including using a very special kind of cockroach.
Patients from across the country and surgeons from around the world come to benefit from the practice and pioneering work of VCU Health’s Dr. Kathryn Holloway, who has been listed among the most active in the world in deep brain stimulation. Dr. Holloway relieves the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, dystonia and essential tremor, by inserting a probe deep into the brain.
As summer vacation planning continues, more and more of us look to our beaches and shorelines for quick getaways. Well, we’re not the only ones thinking about our shorelines. Climate scientists have been studying our coastline for some time now. They are focused on the shore to better understand climate change and to further answer today’s big question: what causes sea levels to rise? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.