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Question Your World: Can Tattoos Fight Diseases?

Tattoos are a pretty common form of self adornment. This ritual has been practiced since ancient times to display hierarchy, lineage, and self expression. As technology has progressed the styles and types of tattoos have become more diverse and complex, but can tattoos be more than art on our skin? Can tattoos help fight diseases? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out..

NOVA: Iceman Reborn

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:35am -- WCVE

He was stalked, attacked and left to die alone. Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is Europe’s oldest known natural mummy. Miraculously preserved in glacial ice, his remarkably intact remains continue to provide scientists, historians, and archeologists with groundbreaking discoveries about a crucial time in human history. But in order to protect him from contamination, this extraordinary body has been locked away, out of reach, in a frozen crypt – until now.

Question Your World: How Can We Make Virginia More Resilient?

The Norfolk area of Virginia has been in the spotlight for some time now. Our coastal areas have been making news because they are experiencing the fastest sea level rise on the East coast. These issues may seem small now, but they hold very serious consequences in the near future. We can’t quite reverse the trend in our neck oft he woods, but we can prepare and make proper plans for the future of our state based on the data provided by climate experts.

Question Your World: How Many Species Of Giraffes Are There?

Sometimes we hear big news when things change. For example a sports team may get a new coach or a spacecraft may complete its mission. Sometimes things stay the same, but our understanding of them changes. Pluto has not changed any, but our understanding of it sure has. Similarly our understanding of something here on Earth recently changed, giraffes.

The ABCs of Winemaking

Winemaking requires a delicate balance of agriculture, biology and chemistry. Physics and engineering also have roles in producing good bottles of wine.

Wine is the fermented juice of grapes or other fruits. Grapes contain two types of sugar, glucose and fructose, and other chemicals like tartaric acid, malic acid and amino acids. This gives grapes the right balance of chemicals to help preserve the wine and make it taste good.


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