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Destination Mars

Barring some unforeseen circumstance it appears as though the next planned destination for humanity is going to be the planet next door, about 9 months of travel time away, Mars. Our understanding of the red planet has changed quite a bit since the earliest recordings and observations which deemed it a warrior trapped in the night sky.

Science Pub RVA: Science Fiction or Science Fact

Is truth sometimes stranger than science fiction? If so, how is that possible? Material science is the study of stuff -- what it’s made of, how it works, and what we can do with it. Advances in material science continue to push us into territory where it seems we are “making fiction possible”. Join us at the next Science Pub RVA event on November 12th here at the Community Idea Stations, 23 Sesame Street, Richmond, VA.

Gravity - Heavy Stuff - and the Science Behind the Movie

Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney has been smashing box office records and people have been getting so excited about reading all the inaccuracies in this movie. However, this is a very welcome surprise for the science community because they’re pumped it’s part of the national discourse for once! Check out the video below that explores the science behind the movie.

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.

Science Pub RVA: Brains, Biology and Morality

What is the biological basis of morality? Scientists are just beginning to understand how our brain works when we feel compassion or loyalty, or other moral emotions. Join RVA’s curious minds on Tuesday, October 1st for the next Science Pub RVA event featuring Dr. Mark Reimers of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics. This Science Pub RVA talk will be held at Capital Ale House, doors open at 5:30 p.m.

NASA + Mattel = Mars Explorer Barbie

NASA has teamed up with a lot of people in the past. So, this new collaborative project should come as no surprise. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has teamed up with the toy maker to bring yet another Barbie into this world. Mars Explorer Barbie is part of the “I Can Be” Barbie doll series by which they hope to inspire young girls to become more interested in science based careers.

Science of Professional Athlete Training

How about a little science mixed into our Washington Redskins training this summer? Learn more about the science of training professional athletes with former Washington Redskins Strength and Conditioning Coach, Tony Spinosa and Jane Jakubczak, former Washington Redskins Dietician on Wednesday, August 14th, 12:00 p.m. at the Science Museum of Virginia. Bring your lunch or buy it at the museum. This “Lunch Break Science” lecture is free.

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