Remember dial-up internet? Those soothing sounds of modems humming and buzzing into the night were many people’s first memories of internet access. A lot has changed since then and like any other technology it will continue to evolve. From slow dial up speeds to the current mobile access devices the internet speeds have been enhanced quite a bit in the past few decades, but can we pick up the pace even more? How can the internet be faster?
Welcome to Week Two of our series celebrating black scientists and inventors. In this installment we’ll be looking at someone who is currently researching the atmosphere and the effects of aerosol, Akua Asa-Awuku. Akua Asa-Awuku is working hard to make sure climate change doesn’t progress any farther on account of aerosols!
On a summer’s night, there’s nothing more magic than watching the soft glow of fireflies switching on and off. Fireflies seem special because so few other life forms on land can light up the night.
But in the dark depths of the oceans, it’s a different story: nearly 90% of all species shine from within. Whether it’s to scare off predators, fish for prey or lure a mate, the language of light is everywhere in the ocean depths, and scientists are finally starting to decode it.
Snowstorms are pretty fun except for the occasional bouts of extreme cabin fever and dealing with the frozen roads the next morning. Scientists are working one a cure for at least one of those issues. Today’s big question is about post storm roadway safety. How could we be dealing with icy roads? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.
Western Carolina University Professor Mary Anna LaFratta recently challenged her motion graphics students to create short animations about something so small you can’t see it – even with a conventional microscope. They needed to illustrate nanotechnology: science, engineering, and technology at the nanoscale—from one to one hundred nanometers. Nano means “billionth” and a nanometer is a billionth of a meter.