When you think “biodiversity,” what do you picture? Was it the Amazon rainforest, a U.S. National Park like Yellowstone, or the Great Barrier Reef? These are definitely areas chock-full of interesting and dynamic plants and animals. But biodiversity and its importance aren't reserved to these hotspots. New discoveries and a growing understanding of biodiversity are changing our thinking and could lead to shifts in conservation approaches.
Articles by Debbie Mickle
There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists.
What is the biological basis of morality? Scientists are just beginning to understand how our brain works when we feel compassion or loyalty, or other moral emotions. Join RVA’s curious minds on Tuesday, October 1st for the next Science Pub RVA event featuring Dr. Mark Reimers of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics. This Science Pub RVA talk will be held at Capital Ale House, doors open at 5:30 p.m.
We have a lot to be proud of here in Virginia. And we are very proud of our Rising Stars! Virginia students who are working hard to improve our nation's standing in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Each year, thousands of students in Virginia conduct scientific research, develop innovative solutions to world problems, and compete in statewide and national STEM competitions.
They’ve bought the Farm. Now, imagine being able to take your family to this 30 acre organic farm just outside downtown Richmond. A local company, Backyard Farmer is making this a possibility with their newest endeavor, the Backyard Farm.
Here's a cool opportunity to see and learn about the amazing Atlantic Sturgeon in the James River! On the evenings of September 4 and September 16, join Dr. Matt Balazik, Sturgeon Biologist with the VCU Rice Center for the Sturgeon of the James River Tour.