Articles by Debbie Mickle
Who doesn’t like the look or feel of a freshly mowed, thick lawn? Some feel that in order to achieve the athletic field look there must be gallons of water, tons of fertilizer and several bottles of pesticide used. In some lawns, the answer is yes, but in most cases no. You can achieve the desired green look by following similar techniques used on college campuses, athletic fields and golf courses without using products in excess. Planning is the key to success in lawn care.
It”s just about official. Summer 2016 is almost over. The Autumnal equinox is coming. Feel that brisk autumn air? Autumn officially begins in the northern hemisphere of this little blue planet on Thursday September 22 at 10:21 a.m. EDT. You (true) southerners will be starting Spring!
The science of sea farming, or aquaculture, is much more than fishing or harvesting aquatic plants and animals. Aquaculture is a way of cultivating food under controlled, sustainable conditions to ensure that food deserts of the sea do not exist and thus we have a steady and sustainable food source, as well as a clean and healthy marine environment.
Talk about the perfect combination for a fantastic STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) educational experience!
It’s been a defining year for Virginia as a national leader in computer science education. At a ceremony in June at Richmond’s Franklin Military Academy, Gov. Terry McAuliffe - with the help of a robot - signed the nation’s first law mandating computer science education as a core academic requirement for all Virginia students beginning in kindergarten and continuing right through graduation.
Toads make good neighbors. They eat lots of bugs, worms, spiders and slugs and keep our gardens healthy. The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists (VMN) taught us how to make Toad Houses at Explore the Outdoors this year. Watch this Science Matters video to learn how to make your own Toad House and how to protect toads in your yard.
What were you doing on July 20, 1976? Maybe you were watching the morning news to see the very first images of the Martian surface. Do you remember being fascinated by the “tantalizingly thin slivers of a picture” described by a NASA commentator at Mission Control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena as he watched the first images slowly coming in from Viking 1?