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Question Your World: How Did We Become Who We Are?

As we move into the future with more powerful technology and a better understanding of the past we are starting to piece together the past as accurately as possible. Our origins have fascinated us for nearly all of recorded history and continue to do so today. With this better understanding we can finally start to answer some of the big questions about our existence on Earth as the dominant species. So, how did we become who we are?

VCU to Host Discussion on Teaching Science through Public Engagement

While science surely is interesting, will knowing the parts of a cell or the intricacies of a thunderstorm help you in your everyday life? The problem is for most of us, it won’t. Science education scholar Noah Feinstein has set out to research the fundamental issue of how science is represented in our society.

Question Your World: Can We Increase Our Longevity?

Humanity has been fascinated by the concept of longevity. In the past 200,000 years of residence on this planet we've implemented a lot of technological changes that impact nearly every aspect of our lives. Our ability to eat food comfortably, stay warm in cold weather, and even transplant vital organs help improve our standards of living for comfort and health.

Science Wednesday: Hawking

Mon, 01/27/2014 - 11:29am -- WCVE

This is the intimate and revealing story of Stephen Hawking’s life. Told for the first time in Hawking’s own words and with unique access to his home and public life, this is a personal journey through Hawking’s world. The audience joins him at home, under the care of his nursing team; in San Jose as he “wows” a packed theatre audience; in Silicon Valley as he meets a team of technicians who hope to speed up his communication system; and as he throws a party for family and friends.

Question Your World: How Accurate Are Our Measurements of the Universe?

Knowing something is a pretty relative concept. For a long time we knew that the Earth was the center of the universe, later we learned we were wrong about what we once knew. So, accuracy means a lot when we say we know things. Using technology, we've been able to accurately know a lot of things about our natural world. There are still many things big things left to learn about, such as the size of the known universe. How accurate are our measurements of the universe?

Science Wednesday: Meet the Coywolf

Tue, 01/21/2014 - 10:33am -- WCVE

The coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf, is a remarkable new hybrid carnivore that is taking over territories once roamed by wolves and slipping unnoticed into our cities. Its appearance is very recent — within the last 90 years — in evolutionary terms, a blip in time. Beginning in Canada but by no means ending there, the story of how it came to be is an extraordinary tale of how quickly adaptation and evolution can occur, especially when humans interfere.

Want to Know What’s Percolating in Nearby Woods?

Immerse yourself in wetland science while enjoying food and friends at Science Pub RVA on Tuesday, January 28th. (Please note date change due to weather.) Join one of RVA’s creative scientists, Anne Wright a VCU stream ecologist, and find out what’s happening with our amphibian neighbors. This evening of discovery will increase your knowledge and appreciation of our often overlooked vernal pools.

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