Fear is a common reaction and may have a simple explanation. But some fears -- especially in children -- are complex, and the reasons are not always obvious. Children often fear dogs, the dark, school and costumed characters such as clowns or Santa Claus or even Mr. Peanut. Halloween can be a particularly frightening time for some children. “Children think that if it can happen, it will,” according to Joseph Crowley, Ph. D., a clinical child psychologist in Richmond. “They think differently than adults so they react differently.”
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Nearly 8 million people take flights every single day here on Earth. This works out to be billions of people that use planes annually. These trips may be for business, family vacation, or a new start in life. Regardless, if people travel across a few time zones they’re all susceptible to the yawning grip of jet lag. As we all know, science is used to better understand the natural world and to make our lives easier. So, can science help with the billions of people world wide that suffer from jet lag?
Pumpkin pies have become quite an important part of American tradition and history. In fact, every a few hundred million pies are made in the United States. This autumnal treat has a wonderful history, but what about it's future? Will climate change impact our pumpkins? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.