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Question Your World: Why Did We Add An Extra Second This Year?

College students, high level business execs, parents, and just about anyone that does anything are always wishing they had more time. Lucky for us, our wishes have been granted in 2015. This year will officially be one second longer. Why did we add an extra second this year? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Male Contraceptive Pill in the Works at UVA

Why isn’t there a male contraceptive pill? Researchers at the University of Virginia are making progress in developing an effective male “contraceptive pill” that has eluded scientists for years. Charles Fishburne of 88.9 WCVE has more in this Science Matters report.

Charles Fishburne: The Pill for women has been around for 50 years. A male equivalent is much more difficult to produce.

Dr. Herr: And really the main reason is that most women ovulate only 1 egg each month.

Question Your World: What Moves the World's Biggest Mountain?

The roof of our planet is located in Nepal. Mt. Everest is the world’s largest mountain clocking in at nearly 29,000 feet (5.5 miles high). Clearly moving something as massive as this giant hunk of rock would require something much greater than any human invention ever created. Recently Mt. Everest has moved an inch to the southwest. What moves the world’s biggest mountain? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.

NASA Reaching Out To Middle School Girls and Boys For Free Summer Mentoring Program

NASA is recruiting middle school girls and boys for an on-line summer mentorship program beginning next month that offers a rare opportunity to get a taste of technology, science and space. And as Charles Fishburne of 88.9 WCVE tells us in this Science Matters report, it has generated quite a bit of excitement. Click to download an information flyer (PDF).

Growing Up Wild: Connecting Kids To Nature Has Powerful Impact

For Alex Wilke, a Virginia mom who is also a staff member at The Nature Conservancy, nature isn’t just a profession; it’s a passion that she wants to share with her children. Wilkes hopes that by giving her kids as many opportunities as possible to “grow up wild” and experience the outdoors, she can teach them to be responsible, observant and appreciative stewards of the environment.

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