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  • What does the “URBAN HEAT ISLAND EFFECT” mean to Richmond?

    Last summer, the Science Museum of Virginia received a grant to work on a unique project to measure the city’s temperature in various places all at once during a heat wave. Our goal was to identify the strength of Richmond’s “urban heat island effect.”

  • Question Your World: What could cities of the future look like?

    Every now and then, it’s nice to look at the world around us and imagine what it could be like in the future! The intersection of science, technology, and urban planning is responsible for many things we take for granted, like highways, power grids, sanitation services and beyond. As our population grows, so will our needs. This is why scientists are spending a lot of time asking today's big question: What could cities of the future look like?

  • 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: When does the brain eat itself?

    How’d you sleep last night? We often talk about how important sleep is because there’s more and more new research to back up that claim! We've seen the lack of sleep can cause lots of damage to the human system, but this new discovery is worthy of making it a big deal. After all, how often can we talk about brains being zombies?! Today''s big question is: When does the brain eat itself?  '

  • Question Your World: Are there health benefits to the hunter-gatherer diet?

    Health continues to be a major issue for the human species. So when a remarkable find in the medical community happens, we take it upon ourselves to let you know! Scientist have been taking a close look at the diet of hunter-gatherer populations in Africa and noticing that they have a significantly healthier gut bacteria landscape, which gives them a huge health advantage over the western world. So, let's dig in by asking today''s big question: Are there health benefits to the hunter-gatherer diet?  '

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