In August, a rover named Curiosity touched down inside Mars’ Gale Crater, carrying 10 new instruments that will advance the quest for signs that Mars might once have been suitable for life. But Curiosity’s mission is risky. After parachuting through the Martian atmosphere at twice the speed of sound, Curiosity was gently lowered to the planet’s surface by a “sky crane.” This first-of-its-kind system has been tested on Earth, but there was no guarantee it would work on Mars.
Want to let off a little STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) this holiday season? Then grab your family, add a few supplies and try out these fun activities! Over the next several weeks, Science Matters will feature hands-on projects that will keep kids of all ages engaged in a bit of science. Let us know which projects are your favorites and post photos of your fab results on Science Matters' Facebook page.
December marks the beginning of competition in this year’s FIRST Tech Challenge, with qualifying matches scheduled across Virginia in the coming weeks. More than 140 teams statewide now participate in the fast-growing FTC robotics program.
For a long time humanity has relied on technology to help us understand more about the natural world. For example, we can look up at the moon all we want, but without technology we would never see the detailed ridges on its surface or know what its dust is like. Observations and collecting data are just two of the many ways that technology can play a role in celestial happenings.
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.
Everyone has had at least one cranky moment over being hungry, right? Those moments are where the temperament of the mind has been altered by a need of the body, but what about other times? Are there other occasions where brain function is impacted due to stomach related issues? Can the stomach impact the brain? Find out in this week's Question Your World Radio Report by the Science Museum of Virginia.
Enrichmond and The Martin Agency have come together to create an Urban Apple Orchard in Church Hill’s Chimborazo Park. Starting with a kickstarter campaign now underway, the two organizations plan to create this unique Urban Orchard as a community learning site for hands-on training in fruit production, orchard maintenance practices - and - “goatscaping.”
Richmond’s newest wild felines made their film debut after their birth on Oct. 6 at the Metro Richmond Zoo. Three male and two female cheetah cubs were born to first-time parents Lana and Kitu. While the cubs are too young to be moved to an enclosure visible to zoo-goers, Richmonders can still see the cheetah family in action with the help of the Cheetah Cam.
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.