Trees are some of the most amazing organisms on our planet. So much of our world is the way it is because of the behind-the-scenes work that they do every single second. Trees put oxygen into our atmosphere, support a myriad of ecosystems, and continue to surprise us with their amazing biological processes that make them thrive all over our planet. They exist standing alone or in vast neighborhoods, but how do trees work together to help their communities?
The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and longest river. It is both a barrier and highway — a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey south, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes, where on little-known backwaters, Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else.
Uncover innovative designs and creations during Engineering Ingenuity at the Science Museum of Virginia, Sunday, February 23rd from noon till 5:00 p.m. Join in the excitement as you cheer on Virginia middle and high school students who have accepted one of many iconic engineering challenges.
In honor of National Engineers Week, VCU Professor Mohamed Gad-el-Hak shares some thoughts on the Three Faces of Engineering–creativity, art and science–and what we can do to strengthen our teaching of engineering to students of all levels.
Where do science and art intersect? Narcissus Quagliata has some ideas. The internationally-renowned stained glass artist will speak at a VCU Mathematics Colloquium on Friday about his 40-year career in the arts. Quagliata will discuss the connections between science and art using his own experience working with the medium of light. He will also talk about his thoughts on dreaming and the nature of time.
Way back around the time of dinosaurs the first crocodiles started to appear. After millions of years of evolution they have become the intense hunters and frighteningly large reptiles that we know today. These animals are the alpha predators in some parts of the world, are stealthy hunters, some have the strength to bring down a small elephant, and they just got even scarier! One of the scariest questions in the world just got answered. That question? Can crocodiles climb trees?
A hands-on, up-close-and-personal laboratory experience can be transformative – boosting student grades and keeping undergraduates interested in a future career in scientific research, according to an analysis at 20 participating universities nationwide, including Virginia Commonwealth University. Retention of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students at universities nationwide lags significantly compared to non-STEM students.
Over the course of the next two weeks, all eyes are on Sochi as the greatest athletes in the world compete for the ultimate goal in the world of sports: a gold Olympic medal. Even though all of these athletes have put in countless hours of hard work as well as possess incredible natural talent, they also need physics and engineering on their side in order to achieve the intense speeds, high jumps, and precise turns needed to compete at this level.
For a long time we've been fascinated by dinosaurs. Makes total sense, they're awesome, some were huge, some were tiny, and they certainly rile up the imagination. But, are there still new species being discovered? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.