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Virginia is a National Leader in Computer Science Education

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.

Viking: 40th Anniversary of First Landing on Mars

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?

Gamification of Quantum Physics

Janet Rafner, a 2015 University of Virginia graduate in Physics and Studio Art, is currently in Denmark on a Fulbright scholarship. She is there to research new ways to create visualizations of complex phenomena in quantum physics. Did you get that? Her job is to figure out visually interesting ways to explain quantum physics to the rest of us. That is no small order, but Janet is doing just that.

Question Your World: Can the Ocean Power Our Houses?

While our global population continues to grow, the science community is constantly looking for new ways to meet the energy needs of our booming species. Electric cars, solar plants, nuclear, coal, biomass, and various other options are all important aspects of energy dialogue happening across the globe. We’ve used the sun, the wind, and fossil fuels, but how about the ocean?

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