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Question Your World: How Can We Make a Better Rocket?

From GPS units to TV broadcasts to exploring the furthest reaches of space, rockets become very important parts of those projects. We use rockets to escape the bounds of gravity in hopes of providing humanity with a better understanding of the natural world while also putting satellites in orbit for our day to day uses. Launches happen all the time, but they remain a very costly venture. Currently it’s approximately $10,000 to put one pound in orbit. Many of these costs are due to the expense of the rocket that takes the payload off the ground.

Question Your World: Can Music Impact Your Brain?

From ancient tribes beating on drums to Zayn Malik’s upcoming solo project, music has been a vital part of the human experience. The study of music usually refers to mastering composition or a specific instrument, but recently scientists have been studying the brain for a totally different reason. The question they’re asking is can music impact your brain? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.

Earth Day Extravaganza: Options Galore

Earth Day will take the River City by storm this April 18. Not one, but three festivals will celebrate and encourage our commitment to environmental stewardship with awesome activities, entertainment and educational opportunities. Sprawling across the city and even into the surrounding counties, you have more options than you can shake a kale smoothie at. Join Enrichmond, Style Weekly, or John Tyler Community College (or all three) for some of the best Earth Day fun to be had.

Question Your World: How Far Are We From Creating Robots That Can Learn?

Artificial intelligence has been appearing in science fiction for a long time. The concept of machines gaining consciousness and acting on their own still seems far fetched, but there are big strides being made quite often. So, how far are we from robots that can learn? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Question Your World: Who Is One of Virginia's Brain Experts?

2015 represents the 30th Year that Outstanding Scientists in Virginia have been recognized by the Governor and the Science Museum. During this period, world renowned men and women have changed the world through their research efforts exploring technology, nature, the vastness of the universe, and some have taken a closer look at the world within us.

VTIP: Your Top Tip for Summer Tech Internships

Are you a high school junior or senior? Planning on a career in tech? In need of a summer opportunity to jazz up your skill set? The Virginia Technology Internship Program (VTIP) is the answer! Apply by April 3rd to be considered for this top-notch internship matching program. VTIP will connect the best and brightest high school interns with local technology leaders for a minimum of 8 weeks for 20 hours per week at $10/hr. Sweet deal, right?

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