For a long time humanity has relied on technology to help us understand more about the natural world. For example, we can look up at the moon all we want, but without technology we would never see the detailed ridges on its surface or know what its dust is like. Observations and collecting data are just two of the many ways that technology can play a role in celestial happenings. So, how did technology play a role in the recent episode with Comet ISON?
Our collective knowledge is constantly evolving – from new discoveries on distant planets to inventions for the smallest cells in our bodies. Here at the Science Museum of Virginia, we have been busy questioning our world and keeping you up-to-date with the most current science stories throughout the year!
From laptops to mobile devices to smoke detectors and beyond, batteries play a very important role in our lives. They've become stronger and longer lasting throughout the years. The question now is how do we make batteries even more efficient?
The race for the most efficient way to power our planet is happening right now. There are many options ranging from wind to nuclear to hydro power. Sometimes science has to turn to nature for inspiration, after all trees have been using solar energy to survive for millions upon millions of years. Could humans use photosynthesis to power our lives?