Question Your World

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

If someone had asked me a year ago to describe a "blood chit" or a "short snorter bill", I'm pretty sure that I would have only been able to blink in response. But since I began my position as curator at the Virginia Aviation Museum (a division of the Science Museum of...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

By Meghan West Gallery Educator Science Museum of Virginia   In our “Beach Science: It’s a Shore Thing” exhibit we have a saltwater tank housing some sea creatures that can be found off the coast of Virginia. For those of you who have been to “Beach...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fall foliage season is here! According to the Virginia Department of Forestry, the trees producing this beautiful display are:Ash - yellow, maroon leaves Beech - yellow to orange leaves Dogwood - scarlet to purple leaves Hickory - golden bronze leaves Oak - red, brown or...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What are you afraid of?  Snakes, spiders, heights, loud noises? For me, I am ok with snakes and spiders, although I am not fond enough of either to have one as a pet. One animal that really creeps me out, though - crickets.  Perhaps I had one too...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Suppose you are going on vacation and want to save on your heating bill.  Which will save more - turning off your heat completely (assuming your pipes won't freeze) or just setting the thermostat to a lower temperature? In other words, does it cost more to heat the...
Last week, the Richmond area received about five inches of rain, which helped to reduce the rainfall deficit in our area for the year. For the record, though, we’re still short by 4.9 inches of rainfall for the year. During the weekend before remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole drenched...

Friday, October 8, 2010

So… here’s a good one - two guys used Scotch tape and won a Nobel Prize. Hmmm… Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov won the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for their pioneering work with a revolutionary new material called graphene. Basically a one-atom-thick layer of...

Friday, October 1, 2010

What are you afraid of? Ever wonder what makes us scream, shake, or shout when we get scared? Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear opens tomorrow at the Science Museum of Virginia! So to celebrate, I will pose a question (or maybe 2):   What do women fear most? What do men...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

If you spend much time on the Virginia coast, the high-pitched call of the osprey is a familiar sound. In fact it’s so familiar that it’s often taken for granted …until it’s gone. I love fall with its cool sunny days and blue, blue skies, but I am always a little sad when...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Last Sunday I decided to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and eat my lunch outside. About halfway through my sandwich, I glanced up to see something fuzzy crawling down my bangs onto my nose – UGH! It was a fall webworm – you know, those nasty hairy caterpillars whose giant webs appear...

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