For scientists, the scope of discovery can range anywhere from the totally straight forward to the totally weird. And if we’re exploring the world of the weird, one animal seems to come up quite a bit, the duck billed platypus.
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As the global climate changes scientists become more and more interested in how this will impact our day to day lives. Food, health, transportation, economics, and many other daily needs factor into this conversation. We’ve heard about the distant polar bears and ice sheets, but what about right here at home? Climate scientists just had a pretty big study that involved Richmond, VA. Is Richmond getting warmer? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.
With humor and insight, Neuroscientist Dr. Stuart Firestein gave a short talk in Richmond, Virginia on ignorance and uncertainty. He explored the essential role doubt has in the pursuit of knowledge. He examined how failure refines questions, creates paths forward, and that scientists’ communication of them would contribute to improving the public’s understanding of the scientific process which is less “scientific process” more like “farting around in the dark”.
Science is always working on new ways to make our world a little better to live in. We’ve made huge strides in how we resource and use materials to allow a world full of buildings, iPhones, cars, toys, and all the other stuff that we use in our lifetimes. The pursuit for better materials is something that many scientists take quiet seriously. Recently some researchers found a way to make something smaller while making it much stronger. How do scientists make stronger materials?