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.
Roses are red, violets are blue, and flowers grown in space are worth thinking about too. The astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) have sent down a photo of a blooming flower in space which prompts today’s big question, can we grow food in space? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.
How do you track a disease? How do you determine if a blood sample contains a virus or a bacteria that could make millions of people sick? What type of information would you need to know to stop a disease from spreading? If you are interested in these questions then being an “Illness investigator” or a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) might be the right career path for you.
To better understand our origins we send robots to study parts of the solar system, but occasionally parts of the solar system come to us. Recently a meteorite was discovered that pre-dates the Earth itself! How old is our solar system? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.
Happy New Year! As the world enters a new year many people are looking at new calendars. Some scientists have recently been looking at a very old calendar and have arrived at a pretty amazing discovery. History and science come together to answer today’s big question, what did the ancient Egyptians really worship? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.
Aside from light sabers, controversial striped dresses, and Miss Universe mishaps there were lots of big science related headlines this year as well. 2015 was a really busy year for the science community and we could not close out the year without sharing some of our favorite science moments. Let’s look at what happened in science this year!