Ever since humans first started to open their eyes some 200,000 years ago, we've looked up at the night sky and wondered what all was out there? As science and technology progressed we were able to learn more and more about the natural world beyond the Earth. So, the big question currently is how many habitable planets are out there? Find out in this week's Question Your World Radio Report by the Science Museum of Virginia.
Articles by Debbie Mickle
Is truth sometimes stranger than science fiction? If so, how is that possible? Material science is the study of stuff -- what it’s made of, how it works, and what we can do with it. Advances in material science continue to push us into territory where it seems we are “making fiction possible”. Join us at the next Science Pub RVA event on November 12th here at the Community Idea Stations, 23 Sesame Street, Richmond, VA.
Albert Einstein once said, “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.” This is still true for us today as it is increasingly more important for our children to learn to be creative thinkers and problem solvers. For us to compete globally, we need to teach our kids to be flexible thinkers who can develop solutions, not just memorize facts for the next test.
“All right, let’s move.” The command breaks the silence, and the novice sculptors wheel their chest-high tripods counter-clockwise, circling the model posed on the stand. The instruction comes from Morgan Yacoe, a 2011 graduate of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts’ nationally ranked sculpture program.
Two Richmond girls joined more than 150 children ages 4 to 17 on a critical mission to Washington D.C. this summer. Representing the JDRF Central Virginia Chapter, Bridgette Schutt, 6, and Kamryn Anderson, 12, traveled to our nation’s capital as delegates to the biennial JDRF Children’s Congress to personally urge their lawmakers to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D).
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.
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.