Neuroscientists are creating a connectivity map of the brain to understand where neurons project and which neurons they’re talking to. But, just as it would be hard to find your way in a strange city without street signs, it’s difficult for scientists to map the brain when they can’t tell one neuron apart from its neighbors.
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The remarkable remains of the beginnings of “America’s Industrial Might” still stand tall, deep in the woods in Chesterfield County. Chesterfield County was the coal capitol of the country, shipping coal all over the colonies from mine shafts sometimes 700 feet deep like this one - the Mid-Lothian Mine. One of the first major industrial sites in the United States became a 44-acre preserve when Mid-Lothian Mines Park opened in 2004.
This groundbreaking musical redefined entertainment and changed the face of American theater. Spanning the years from 1880 to 1927, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s lyrical masterpiece concerns the lives, loves and heartbreaks of three generations of show folk on the Mississippi River, in Chicago and on Broadway. The musical’s impact remains unparalleled, addressing racial prejudice, and introduced a bi-racial cast to Broadway at its premiere while also pointing the way toward a new synthesis between music and spectacle.
Researchers at the University of Virginia are participating in a massive, international experiment, to study the origins of the universe. Neutrinos, subatomic remnants of the early universe, are high-energy particles that pass at nearly the speed of light through everything- our planet and our bodies. These ghostly particles are of intense interest to physicists because they may be a key player in how the universe came to be.
Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and 88.9 WCVE producer Steve Clark talk about velvet ants, their defensive strategies, and a recent study detailing their mimicry complexes in North America.
We have a desire to go into space to find out what’s on other worlds and to learn more about dangers such as Cosmic radiation. Nine University of Virginia students have teamed up with NASA to send a cosmic ray experiment 23 miles into space on a giant high-altitude balloon to determine how much radiation is too much. The students have been working on the project for 2 years and the NASA balloon with payload will launch any day now.
Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the human brain in an epic new PBS series beginning October 14th at 10:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS / WHTJ PBS. The six part series, The Brain with David Eagleman, tells the story of the inner workings of the brain and takes us on a visually spectacular journey into why we feel and think the things we do.
As we approach elections and another Virginia General Assembly session, you are invited to join The Community Idea Stations, as part of the studio audience, for the first annual WCVE News Virginia Political Preview.
Host Amy Williams travels to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to talk with Peggy Cornett about late-blooming annuals. John Wise from Reynolds Community College presents the Plant of the Month: Cryptomeria japonica. Co-host Peggy Singlemann visits a private butterfly garden and nursery cultivated by Master Naturalist Linda McBride.