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Experimental Musings

​We are more than a museum. We’re a bunch of passionate, inquisitive, world-questioning folks who are awestruck at the amazing wonder that is our world. Join us as we muse about science, technology, engineering and math. Learn something new. Ponder a different theory. Pick up some facts for trivia night. And if we may be so bold – enrich your appreciation of science.

  • Question Your World: How does climate change impact chocolate?

    Ah yes, Valentine's Day...when love is in the air. Well, love is not the only thing in the air. Scientists have been studying the amount of heat trapping gases in the air and asking how this will impact the production of a very special Valentine's Day item, chocolate! Let's dig into this sweet topic for today's big question: How does climate change impact chocolate?

  • Question Your World: How Many Mega Cities Are on Earth Now?

    We now have seven and a half billion people on Earth and counting! A little over half of those folks live in urban areas, some of them in mega cities. As the number of people grows across the globe, so will the number of mega cities. Let's explore this topic by asking today's big question: How many mega cities are on Earth now? 

  • 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?

  • Super Blue Blood Lunacy: Hyping the Moon

    Hi, everyone. It’s Justin Bartel. As the Science Museum of Virginia’s resident astronomer, it’s interesting to hear guests, the media and friends on social media talk about the supposed super blue blood moon happening this week. A full moon is always a wonderful sight, and you can count on seeing one every 29 or 30 days, but on January 31, 2018, three lunar events are overlapping. On the face of it, the resulting “super blue blood moon” sounds pretty spectacular! But let’s look past the hype: what can we really expect to see?

  • Question Your World: Can Drones Save Lives?

    There are a lot of concerns over technology taking human jobs, but in many cases, technology can actually help humans be better at their jobs. One quick example is drone technology used for disaster and emergency rescues. This technology has already been used to help find earthquake and hurricane survivors that are trapped or isolated in places that we can’t easily see, but now drones are also being used to save lives at the beach!