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Debbie Mickle

Articles by Debbie Mickle

Guitars and Science Rock

If you love guitars - either as a musician or a listener - you have to go to the Science Museum of Virginia between October 13 and January 6th to see the new exhibition opening this weekend, “Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World.” This exhibition is your opportunity to learn all about the history and evolution of the instrument and explore science - that of the acoustic and electric guitars and delve into the science of s

Draconid Meteor Shower Peaks October 7th

This weekend I'm hoping for clear skies and an amazing light show delivered by Draco the Dragon - the Draconid Meteor Shower.  Grab your lawn chair and start watching for shooting stars especially at nightfall on Sunday, October 7.  The Draconid Meteors are unpredictable in intensity, but last year European observers were treated to somewhere around 600 meteors per hour during the peak. Draconids are among the slowest of all meteors which makes them stunning visually.

Teens Help Harvest 10,000 lbs of Fresh Vegetables for Local Food Bank

I met an incredible group of young people this summer. Area middle and high school students and students from The Faison School for Autism who were toiling in the summer heat at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. They were helping to plant and harvest almost 10,000 lbs of fresh vegetables to feed children and the elderly.

Science Pub RVA and "What Research Reveals About Why We Vote"

Have you ever wondered why people do or don't vote?  A lot of political scientists certainly have.  And what is even more intriguing are the methods they use to uncover the answers to the question.  Join other curious minds at Science Pub RVA on October 2nd to discuss the topic of voting and explore your own motivations.

New Era Begins for Virginia’s Commercial Aerospace Industry

The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority and a Northern Virginia company have finalized a plan to launch rockets from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS). Governor Bob McDonnell recently announced the agreement with Dulles-based Orbital Sciences Corporation regarding the launch site on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

“Slip-sticks” Once Ruled the Math/Science World (and did One go to the Moon?)

Their formal names were slide rules, and folks called them “slip-sticks.” They were literally analog computers. Many years ago, slide rules were de rigeur for engineers and scientists, and especially several generations of high school and college students.

Not only that, but Neil Armstrong used one, according to a recent Wall Street Journal blog.

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