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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 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?'

  • Question Your World: Can mushrooms make eco-friendly bricks?

    When covering science stories, we try our hardest to find good material. Well, sometimes we end up finding great material…and sometimes it happens to be eco-friendly, waste reducing, and life enhancing! For this week's article, let''s check out some big stuff that''s happening in the world of new eco-friendly materials - made with fungus! Can mushrooms make eco-friendly bricks?'

  • Question Your World: Are summers getting hotter?

    The dog days of summer are here, folks, and you know what that means: those sultry, hot, sticky days that make you feel like you’re inside someone’s mouth. From now ‘til about October, we’ll run into people who mention the heat. We get it, it’s hot! Does it feel like it’s happening now more than ever? Are summers getting hotter?