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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: Is Pollen Season Happening Earlier?

    Seasonal change is a big deal for life on Earth. Take us humans, for example. As we go from winter to spring, we bid adieu to flu season and, in turn, say hello to allergy season! Turns out that allergy seasons are getting worse here in Richmond, VA. No surprise – it involves our changing local climate. So, is pollen season happening earlier?

  • Question Your World: What happens when you don’t get enough sleep?

    Good morning science fans! How’d you sleep last night? While a good night of sleep can do wonders for your mental and physical health, the opposite of that, being sleep deprived, has some serious consequences. Scientists have been putting together a lot of information over the years on a big question for us humans: What happens when you don’t get enough sleep?

  • Question Your World: How is Virginia's coastal report card looking?

    Remember anxiously awaiting report cards to see how your academic journey was going? Bad grades mean less fun on the weekends, while good grades result in the greatest reward a human can ever receive - pizza for dinner! Recently, researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science issued “Sea Level Report Cards” for 32 cities along the U.S. coast. So, how is Virginia's coastal report card looking?

  • Question Your World: Can the platypus help save lives?

    For scientists, the scope of discovery can range anywhere from the totally straightforward to the totally weird. And if we're exploring the world of the weird, one animal seems to come up quite a bit, the duck-billed platypus. A recent study from the land down under has medical researchers asking a pretty big question - can the platypus help save lives?

  • Meteorites: It’s About the Journey, Not the Destination

    Hi, everyone! It's Justin Bartel. There's been some talk about meteorites recently so as the Museum astronomer, I thought I'd explain a little about them. A meteorite is a traveler by nature. Its arrival on Earth is one of the final steps in a journey that spans billions of years and trillions of miles.