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  • Question Your World: How is Virginia's coastal report card looking?

    Remember anxiously awaiting report cards to see how your academic journey was going? Bad grades mean less fun on the weekends, while good grades result in the greatest reward a human can ever receive - pizza for dinner! Recently, researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science issued “Sea Level Report Cards” for 32 cities along the U.S. coast. So, how is Virginia's coastal report card looking?

  • Meteorites: It’s About the Journey, Not the Destination

    Hi, everyone! It's Justin Bartel. There's been some talk about meteorites recently so as the Museum astronomer, I thought I'd explain a little about them. A meteorite is a traveler by nature. Its arrival on Earth is one of the final steps in a journey that spans billions of years and trillions of miles.

  • Question Your World: Can Climate Change Impact Our Flights?

    From work to vacations and beyond, there are a lot of flights required all over our planet every single day. This means there are hundreds of thousands of planes taking to the air at any given time to get us to our vacation destinations, family, meetings, and whatnot. We are all well aware that the Earth's climate is changing, but can that impact airplanes? Let's dig into today's big question: Can climate change impact our flights?

  • Question Your World: How About this Cold Weather?

    In the event you have not stepped outside in the last few weeks, let me tell you, it's been cold! Recently we experienced a 2-week severe cold snap that began during the last week of December and lasted through the first week of January. Real cold stuff, folks - like 20 degrees below normal (that is, usual) winter temperatures in some VA cities!

  • Question Your World: What are the Stranger Things in Science?

    According to the Neilson ratings, in the first three days of November, 15.8 million people watched the first episode of the Netflix original, Stranger Things! Fictional shows are all well and good, but the science world has some pretty strange facts to offer as well. What are the Stranger Things in science?