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Articles under the tag 'science'

  • Question Your World: How can we make crops more resilient?

    As our environmental conditions change, so must the way we approach certain aspects of life. Agriculture and its annual yield have a lot to do with the weather. As the climate changes, these impacts can be felt by everyone in the region from the farmers themselves to what we're seeing on grocery store shelves. How can we make crops more resilient?

  • Question Your World: What new organ did scientists just discover?

    In science, sometimes big discoveries are sitting there right in front of us just waiting to be found. This has caused some strange discoveries in our timeline of exploration and understanding. For example, as weird as it may seem, the planet Uranus was discovered long before Antarctica, even though the Antarctic continent has been right here on Earth this whole time. With that said, scientists have just made another interesting discovery. They’ve found a new organ in our body. No, it’s not little and tucked away in one specific place, it’s actually everywhere within us. What new organ did scientists just discover?

  • Question Your World: What's the next big transportation upgrade?

    Billions of people get around every single day using all kinds of transportation. To move the most people at once, we still rely on the conventional trains, planes, and automobiles, but all that could change, thanks to new innovations in the transportation technology industry. Every day researchers and scientists are looking for ways to develop new 21st century options for how we move around. A lot of people working in this field are always asking themselves one big question: What's the next big transportation upgrade?

  • Question Your World: Is Pollen Season Happening Earlier?

    Seasonal change is a big deal for life on Earth. Take us humans, for example. As we go from winter to spring, we bid adieu to flu season and, in turn, say hello to allergy season! Turns out that allergy seasons are getting worse here in Richmond, VA. No surprise – it involves our changing local climate. So, is pollen season happening earlier?

  • Question Your World: What happens when you don’t get enough sleep?

    Good morning science fans! How’d you sleep last night? While a good night of sleep can do wonders for your mental and physical health, the opposite of that, being sleep deprived, has some serious consequences. Scientists have been putting together a lot of information over the years on a big question for us humans: What happens when you don’t get enough sleep?

  • 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?

  • Question Your World: Can the platypus help save lives?

    For scientists, the scope of discovery can range anywhere from the totally straightforward 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. A recent study from the land down under has medical researchers asking a pretty big question - can the platypus help save lives?

  • 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: Is Richmond Getting Warmer?

    As the global climate changes, scientists are becoming more and more interested in how this will impact our day-to-day lives. We've heard about the distant polar bears and ice sheets, but what about right here at home? Climate scientists just completed a pretty big study that involved Richmond, VA. Is Richmond getting warmer? 

  • Question Your World: Can Wood Be Stronger?

    Science is always working on new ways to make our world a better place to live. The pursuit for better materials is something that many scientists take quite seriously. Recently, some researchers found a way to make something smaller while making it much stronger. How do scientists make stronger materials?