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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: Can trees migrate?

    Trees are strong and beautiful living things that don’t move, right? An individual tree can’t up and travel, but tree migration is a real thing and scientists just made a huge discovery about how some of Earth’s trees are on the move! Let's sink into today's big question: Can trees migrate?

  • Question Your World: Can hot peppers be used for pest control?

    For those trying to maintain a nice yard, you know pests can totally be an issue, right? Well, the same thing applies for big scale projects, like grassland restoration. Looking for a natural alternative to pest control led scientists to a hot new idea, using peppers! Can hot peppers be used for pest control?

  • Question Your World: Can access to nature improve mental health?

    Many Virginians enjoy the outdoors by breathing in mountain air, hiking our many trails, or hanging out near a favorite water spot. It’s great for our bodies, a perfect opportunity to be reunited with granola snacks, and it’s even good for our mental health. This brings up a few questions. Can nature really improve mental health? And if so, how can we increase the general public’s access to green spaces? All great questions for science to answer!

  • Question Your World: How is climate change impacting sharks?

    It's Shark Week, an entire week devoted to one of Earth's most misunderstood and magnificent animals. There are a lot of documentaries on shark conservation and even some big blockbuster movies that tackle issues like how sharks react to climate change. For Shark Week, let's talk about a much more real way to link sharks and climate change! How is climate change impacting sharks?

  • Question Your World: Are our lights harming insects?

    While both science and Ray Charles have taught us that the nighttime IS the right time to be with the one you love, there’s still something about nighttime that’s bugging scientists. This week's story is pretty fascinating. Driving at night is a lot safer with our streetlights and we seem to love having our well-lit urban cores for last call, but light pollution is starting to concern scientists. Are our lights harming insects?'