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Creatures of Light

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:02pm -- WCVE

On a summer’s night, there’s nothing more magic than watching the soft glow of fireflies switching on and off. Fireflies seem special because so few other life forms on land can light up the night.

But in the dark depths of the oceans, it’s a different story: nearly 90% of all species shine from within. Whether it’s to scare off predators, fish for prey or lure a mate, the language of light is everywhere in the ocean depths, and scientists are finally starting to decode it.

Question Your World: How Could We Be Dealing With Icy Roads?

Snowstorms are pretty fun except for the occasional bouts of extreme cabin fever and dealing with the frozen roads the next morning. Scientists are working one a cure for at least one of those issues. Today’s big question is about post storm roadway safety. How could we be dealing with icy roads? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.

What Can Nanotechnology Do For You?

Western Carolina University Professor Mary Anna LaFratta recently challenged her motion graphics students to create short animations about something so small you can’t see it – even with a conventional microscope. They needed to illustrate nanotechnology: science, engineering, and technology at the nanoscale—from one to one hundred nanometers. Nano means “billionth” and a nanometer is a billionth of a meter.

Question Your World: Can We Grow Food in Space?

Roses are red, violets are blue, and flowers grown in space are worth thinking about too. The astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) have sent down a photo of a blooming flower in space which prompts today’s big question, can we grow food in space? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.

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