Coffee and humanity have a pretty close relationship. Currently, it’s the second most traded good around the globe next to petroleum. Here in the United States we consume a little over 400 million cups a day. Most people start their day with that first cup and then head to work. More often than not the commute to work will involve a paved road. This is a pretty remarkable story of how coffee is getting involved with making our road ways more eco-friendly.
In an ever changing world of newer and newer technology, the past sometimes seems very irrelevant. However, sometimes things that took place in the past serve as an amazing resource to help tackle tomorrow’s concerns. What can scientists learn from ancient history? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.
Janet Rafner, a 2015 University of Virginia graduate in Physics and Studio Art, is currently in Denmark on a Fulbright scholarship. She is there to research new ways to create visualizations of complex phenomena in quantum physics. Did you get that? Her job is to figure out visually interesting ways to explain quantum physics to the rest of us. That is no small order, but Janet is doing just that.
The global energy dialogue is very important. There are many variables that factor in to the future of how our planet can sustainably provide power to an ever growing population. Different environments will provide different opportunities for new ideas based on history, culture, and resources. Scientists in Indonesia have been looking at fuel alternatives including the use of tofu.