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Question Your World: Can We Have Good Coffee In Space?

Coffee is one of the most traded goods on this planet and regardless of location or language it continues to be a part of humanity's morning traditions. As we have explored various aspects of our natural world, coffee has followed us along. But what about space? Can we have good coffee in space? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Techsters: Inspiring Girls to Code

About half of all of the people in the world are women. Women, however, are grossly underrepresented when it comes to our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workforce. That starts in our education system. According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, while girls at the K-12 level take STEM classes at about the same rate as boys, when they get to college, their interest drops exponentially.

Question Your World: Can Other Animals Outdo Our Mental Abilities?

Ah yes, humanity. The crowning evolutionary achievement thus far here on planet Earth. Everything from small microbes to massive dinosaurs have had their time on this planet to evolve and develop into their full cerebral capabilities. Out of all those billions upon billions of organisms that have been here, we seem to be the only ones to develop the mental capabilities that allow for language, advanced technology, and attempt to quench the curiosity about the natural world both within and light years away. All thanks to our big brains, but can any other animals outdo our mental abilities?

Green Roofs

The summer sizzle is once again raising awareness of a naturally, environmentally-friendly way to help keep cool and avoid major runoffs from drenching rains. Nestled into the riverbank along the James, is the VCU Rice Rivers Center, the state’s first Platinum-rated LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building, whose crowning glory is a green roof.

Question Your World: Can We Have Internet Everywhere?

In the 1990's the computer market in America started to bloom. This was the era of dial up modems which connected machines to the internet via telephone cables. Soon after we started to see things go wireless and the internet became more accessible in various parts of the house or office building. Then we entered the world of mobile devices with internet access, now you can log on from the grocery store  or driving range. So, what's next? Can we have internet literally everywhere?

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