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NOVA: Making Stuff Stronger, Smaller

Fri, 09/14/2012 - 10:02am -- WCVE

What is the strongest material in the world? Is it steel, Kevlar, carbon nanotubes, or something entirely new? NOVA kicks off the four-part series “Making Stuff” with a quest for the world’s strongest substances. Host David Pogue takes a look at what defines strength, examining everything from steel cables to mollusk shells to a toucan’s beak. Pogue travels from the deck of a U.S.

Virginia Tech Students’ Experiments On Board Rocket Launch

Wed, 08/22/2012 - 12:37pm -- WCVE

A team from Virginia Tech is at Wallops Island tomorrow morning (Thursday, August 23), for the launch of a suborbital rocket, carrying with it their experiments--and their hopes for a future in space exploration.

WCVE Public Radio’s Charles Fishburne has more in this Science Matters report. Video segment courtesy of the University of Colorado.

Powering the Planet

Fri, 08/10/2012 - 4:17pm -- WCVE

Take an eye-opening look at some of the world’s most important case studies in energy policy. Learn how great nations and small communities are finding sustainable solutions that provide for people and protect the planet.

Geologist Richard Alley examines countries that are moving toward renewable energy sources. In Spain and Morocco, large-scale solar farms and individual photovoltaic panels atop tents in the Sahara are beginning to bring the vast potential of the sun down to Earth.

NASA’s Langley Research Center: Contributions to the Curiosity Rover Mission Part 1

Wed, 08/08/2012 - 3:53pm -- WCVE

The recent success of NASA’s Mars Scientific Laboratory mission to deliver the Curiosity rover safely to Mars was due in part to the research conducted at Hampton, Virginia’s NASA Langley Research Center, which goes back decades.

The NASA Langley Research Center has been involved in the historic Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity rover mission with contributions including:

Big Picture Science Joins Saturday Lineup On WCVE 88.9 HD2

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 1:24pm -- WCVE

The world has changed since enterprising hominids chipped stones to use as tools. Today’s scientific and technological development moves faster than a speeding maglev train. If you’re curious about where innovation is headed and delight in the wonders of scientific discovery, tune your ears to Big Picture Science. Science radio doesn’t have to be dull.

NASA Hypersonic Inflatable Tech Test Set for Virginia Launch July 21

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 10:42am -- WCVE

Wallops Island, Va. -- Researchers from NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia will launch and deploy a large inflatable heat shield aboard a rocket traveling at hypersonic speeds this weekend during a technology demonstration test from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia.

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