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Virginia Helps Pioneer New Nuclear Reactor Technology

Another major development in the advancement of Virginia as a high-tech state occurred this week. The Babcock & Wilcox Company announced that the production-standard control room prototype for its small modular reactor is now operational. This engineering simulator is a key milestone in the B&W mPower development program. “Our vision is simple and I think it’s bold.

Epigenetics or “Outside Genetics” at Science Pub RVA

Have you ever wondered how your brain cells came into being? Why didn’t those cells develop into muscle cells instead? How we develop and age is a complex process. DNA is not the whole story and nature versus nurture isn’t so clear cut. While every cell in our body contains the same genetic information, it’s epigenetics (or “outside genetics”) that distinguishes our muscle cells from brain cells.  

Bioethics: Should We Strive To Be Better Than Human?

Do you think it is ethical for medical science to do more than simply treat illnesses and try to make us “better than human?” Are the things we are doing today such as cognitive enhancement drugs and genetic modification unprecedented? Join Bioethicist Dr. Allen Buchanan at Chesterfield County Public School’s Visiting Author Program on October 23rd at 6:30 p.m as he explores the promise and perils of our current medical revolution.

Science Pub RVA and "What Research Reveals About Why We Vote"

Have you ever wondered why people do or don't vote?  A lot of political scientists certainly have.  And what is even more intriguing are the methods they use to uncover the answers to the question.  Join other curious minds at Science Pub RVA on October 2nd to discuss the topic of voting and explore your own motivations.

“Slip-sticks” Once Ruled the Math/Science World (and did One go to the Moon?)

Their formal names were slide rules, and folks called them “slip-sticks.” They were literally analog computers. Many years ago, slide rules were de rigeur for engineers and scientists, and especially several generations of high school and college students.

Not only that, but Neil Armstrong used one, according to a recent Wall Street Journal blog.

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