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Question Your World: What Were Dinosaurs Really Like?

Paleontology is a great gateway to science because it ties together so many disciplines. Medical, biological, geologic, physical, and atmospheric sciences are just a few of the means by which scientists put together the story of life here on Earth. Dinosaurs ruled this planet for hundreds of millions of years, but the gaps in our knowledge have to be filled by using science. This is how over time we’ve started to see a more clear picture of what dinosaurs were really like.

Dominion Virginia Power Installs State's First Fully Integrated Solar & Battery Storage System

A solar installation at Randolph-Macon College is testing a solution by becoming the state’s first fully integrated solar and battery storage site of its kind, which will help provide a steady delivery of electricity even when the sun is not shining.

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.

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