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Holiday DIY Projects to Do at Home: Hack a Greeting Card

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.

Question Your World: How Did Technology Play a Role in the Comet ISON Story?

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.

Science Pub RVA: Manufacturing Movement

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. 

Question Your World: Can the Stomach Impact the Brain?

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.

Growing an Urban Apple Orchard in Chimborazo Park

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.” 

Cheetah Cubs Steal Chesterfield Zoo Spotlight

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.

VCU Engineer Wows with Talk on Sci-Fi and Science Reality Convergence

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.

Question Your World: How Do We Make Batteries Even More Efficient?

From laptops to mobile devices to smoke detectors and beyond, batteries play a very important role in our lives. They've become stronger and longer lasting throughout the years. The question now is how do we make batteries even more efficient? Learn more in this week's Question Your World Radio Report by the Science Museum of Virginia.

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