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Science Pub RVA: Bigger Thinking on Biodiversity

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.

Flora and Fauna of Virginia Environmental Education Conference

Do you know how to make household cleaners? How about solar energy? As an educator, how do you get families involved in learning about the environment? And, as a student, how do you find out about opportunities in the fields related to environmental education? These questions and more will be addressed in an upcoming conference arranged by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The Violinist’s Thumb And Other Lost Tales of the Human Genome

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.

Question Your World: Did an Island Just Pop-up Out of Nowhere?

Sometimes the Earth needs to readjust itself. When this happens we experience some pretty massive geological activity. Recently a large quake happened and changed a part of the Pakistan coastline. So, can an earthquake really just cause an island to pop up out of nowhere? Learn more in this week’s Question Your World Radio Report from the Science Museum of Virginia.

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