Fascinating things happen at NASA Langley Research Center but it’s not always about space. Continuing with the theme of innovation, this month’s December 4th Science Pub RVA gathering is about making stuff for the aeronautical industry. Specifically how things are fabricated there via 3D printing and what goes into the creation of dynamically-scaled models for testing.
Standing center stage in the packed WCVE-TV studio during November’s Science Pub RVA event hosted by Science Matters, Virginia Commonwealth University Engineering School Associate Professor Karla Mossi, Ph.D., took on the “final frontier” – science fiction or science fact. The mechanical and nuclear engineering expert’s conclusion: The two are merging ever closer.
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.
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 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.