Anyone can take part in a citizen science project that will contribute to our knowledge of periodical cicadas by submitting observations of cicada sightings to the Magicicada Mapping Project, sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Equipped with accurate maps of periodical cicada emergences, scientists are better able to unlock the mysteries of the cicada.
The Apollo 11 mission in 1969 was one of the most sophisticated scientific experiments of all time. This trip involved over 5 million lbs. of fuel for the round trip to our closest celestial neighbor.
Though much of the natural world is discovered and understood, a few great mysteries remain. Consider the eel — snakelike and slimy, with a row of jagged teeth. Yet aside from these fearsome qualities, we know little about its life. Where it goes, what it does and how it dies, nobody knows.
The weather is finally fantastic and it’s time to Explore the Outdoors! Did you know that if you travel only twenty miles from downtown Richmond you can hike the trails and explore the lakes of beautiful Pocahontas State Park?