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.”
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!
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?
The observational honeybee hive in our EcoLab is un-BEE-lievably sweet, but recently the Museum added a new spot for the native bee pollinators that’s creating a lot of buzz!
Climate scientists around the world actively prepare for this time of year - hurricane season! While hurricanes are dangerous and can cause lots of damage, studying them allows us to better prepare for the future. There are some big changes happening to our hurricanes - they’re slowing down. This raises a lot of questions, so let’s dig into the big topic. Why are hurricanes slowing down?