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  • 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!

  • 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!

  • What Do Women Scientists, Conditioning Techniques and Rats Have In Common?

    Training Norway rats to play basketball is pretty hard. But what might be more difficult is deciding what to name the seven new rat basketball trainees at the Science Museum of Virginia!

  • Question Your World: Happy Locally Sourced Thanksgiving, Virginia!

    On Thursday, millions of Americans will gather around dinner tables for the big Thanksgiving meal. The giant festive feast is the centerpiece of this holiday, so let’s take a look at Thanksgiving foods through the lens of science.

  • 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?

  • Question Your World: What's the first thing to visit us from outside our solar system?

    For a long time now, humanity has looked up at the stars and wondered if we would ever be visited. Well, we just were. What's the first thing to visit us from outside our solar system?