Collecting data on big problems helps us approach some big decisions, but the seemingly small stuff is important too. This time of year a lot of people experience great discomfort from seasonal allergies. Having a way to know when allergy seasons peak could help many people prepare for pending sniffles and runny noses. When does the ragweed pollen count peak? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.
Almost everything we know today about the beautiful giant ringed planet comes from Cassini, the NASA mission that launched in 1997 and arrived at Saturn in 2004. Since then, the spacecraft has been beaming home miraculous images and scientific data, revealing countless wonders about the planet, its rings, and 62 moons—including some that could harbor life.
“Silver bullets only work on vampires.” That’s why there is no easy cure for patients, including Vietnam veterans, with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to Dr. David Cifu.
There are many important names in the world of space exploration. Aldrin, Armstrong, and Gagarin are pillars in that world, but new achievements are being reached all the time. Now more than ever, women are getting a chance to break these records and doing some pretty remarkable things for space exploration. Which American has been in space the longest? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginiato find out.
When Richmond native Bill Harrison was issued a new flight suit in Vietnam he didn't realize that the fire-retardant fiber in the clothing was made by the company that would become his future employer. “It felt strange, not like the nylon that other flight suits were made of,” said the tall, lanky sergeant who served in the central highlands of Vietnam near the Cambodian and Laotian borders. “I saw a label in it that said Nomex, but I didn’t know what that was.”
Scientists can study the Earth’s current ongoings by observing how things are going right now. However, to study the past requires different approaches. Similar to tree rings or sediment layers, ice holds a lot of interesting information. Climate scientists that are attempting to better understand Earth’s climate history often find themselves looking for clues buried deep down. Why are scientists digging up old ice? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.