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NOVA: Iceman Reborn

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 9:35am -- WCVE

He was stalked, attacked and left to die alone. Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is Europe’s oldest known natural mummy. Miraculously preserved in glacial ice, his remarkably intact remains continue to provide scientists, historians, and archeologists with groundbreaking discoveries about a crucial time in human history. But in order to protect him from contamination, this extraordinary body has been locked away, out of reach, in a frozen crypt – until now.

Question Your World: How Can We Make Virginia More Resilient?

The Norfolk area of Virginia has been in the spotlight for some time now. Our coastal areas have been making news because they are experiencing the fastest sea level rise on the East coast. These issues may seem small now, but they hold very serious consequences in the near future. We can’t quite reverse the trend in our neck oft he woods, but we can prepare and make proper plans for the future of our state based on the data provided by climate experts.

Question Your World: How Many Species Of Giraffes Are There?

Sometimes we hear big news when things change. For example a sports team may get a new coach or a spacecraft may complete its mission. Sometimes things stay the same, but our understanding of them changes. Pluto has not changed any, but our understanding of it sure has. Similarly our understanding of something here on Earth recently changed, giraffes.

The ABCs of Winemaking

Winemaking requires a delicate balance of agriculture, biology and chemistry. Physics and engineering also have roles in producing good bottles of wine.

Wine is the fermented juice of grapes or other fruits. Grapes contain two types of sugar, glucose and fructose, and other chemicals like tartaric acid, malic acid and amino acids. This gives grapes the right balance of chemicals to help preserve the wine and make it taste good.

NOVA: School of the Future

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 10:33am -- WCVE

Once the envy of the world, American schools are now in trouble. Test scores show our kids lag far behind their peers in other industrialized countries. In a new age of information, rapid innovation, and globalization, how can we prepare our children to compete? As the divide between rich and poor grows wider, how can schools today help students of all backgrounds meet the challenges of tomorrow?

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