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Newsflash: Rowing Isn't About the Arms

Science Matters takes you inside the Physics of Crew. Since making an appearance in the first modern Olympic games in 1896, the sport of rowing has been notorious for its difficulty, competitiveness, and high level of precision. Also known as Crew, this sport has high school, college, adult, as well as national level teams that compete in races called regattas all over the world. Boats race side by side for a short 2000 meter distance or a longer 5000 meter distance as a time trial at speeds reaching 15 miles per hour.

Question Your World: What Came First the Chicken or the Egg?

It’s nearly impossible to go anywhere in the continental United States and not have access to chicken as a meal option. Chicken meat and eggs have been a standard here for what seems like forever, but it had to start somewhere. So, who brought chickens to the Americas? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.

March Citizen Science Opportunity: FrogWatch USA

Looking for another great way to become a Citizen Scientist? How about joining FrogWatch USA™ to monitor frogs and toads and collect data on local species? As a flagship citizen science program, FrogWatch USA™ gives volunteers across the country opportunities to gather information that will give scientists data in the battle to stop amphibian decline.

Question Your World: Can Living Things Provide Energy for Our World?

The energy conversation here on Earth is very important because it has applications in nearly every aspect of our lives. Everything from the medical industry to waste management to technology and even entertainment are all subject to greater energy demands. Plants have created a way of fueling their lives by the things in their surroundings, sunlight, atmosphere, and the soil. Could we use nature as an inspiration?

Question Your World: Why Should We Make a Lunar Elevator?

Living on the top floor of a building gives one the opportunity to truly appreciate the modern wonders of science, specifically the elevator. This transportation lift makes it a lot easier to reach higher and taller destinations. Scientists have recently been considering putting the same thinking towards our closest celestial neighbor. So, why should we make a lunar elevator? Find out in this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia.

Question Your World: What is the Polar Vortex?

People all over the world, regardless of race, age, location, or culture all have one thing they can always talk about, the weather. Our day to day world is always subject to changes in the weather. Sometimes weather produces violent storms, catastrophic gusts of winds, or sudden extreme changes. For example, recently the United States seems to have experienced an extreme bout of arctic cold.

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