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VCU Professor Awarded National Science Foundation Grant to Build a Better Battery

Arun Subramanian, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University has just been awarded a half-a-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation, to build a better battery to help your smart phone work better and even power your car.

Question Your World: Who's Virginia's Shark Expert?

2015 represents the 30th Year that Outstanding Scientists in Virginia have been recognized by the Governor and the Science Museum. During this period, world renowned men and women have improved our quality of life through their research efforts in biology, engineering, physics, chemistry and even sharks. That’s right, sharks. So, who’s Virginia’s shark expert?

African-American Scientists and Inventors Series: Madam Walker- Innovative Hair Care and Self-made Millionaire

In today’s trip through time, let’s talk hair. Let’s talk not only about hair and hair care innovation, but about dollars--millions of them. Meet Sarah Breedlove McWilliams Walker, known widely as Madam C.J. Walker.

Question Your World: What is a Hedonometer?

There are many tools used to measure many different types of data sets. Thermometers give us various temperatures, odometers measure distance, and so on. Every now and then a new tool has to be created to gauge a new set of data. That is exactly what has just recently happened. So, what is a hedonometer? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

African-American Scientists and Inventors Series: James West-Can You Hear Me Now?

In this second installment of our Black History Month series honoring black scientists and inventors, we’d like to bring it home to our own state of Virginia. We have James Edward Maceo West to thank for the mechanics used in more than 90 percent of modern microphones.

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