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Science Pub RVA: Brains, Biology and Morality

What is the biological basis of morality? Scientists are just beginning to understand how our brain works when we feel compassion or loyalty, or other moral emotions. Join RVA’s curious minds on Tuesday, October 1st for the next Science Pub RVA event featuring Dr. Mark Reimers of the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics. This Science Pub RVA talk will be held at Capital Ale House, doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Science Wednesdays: Skeletons of the Sahara

Wed, 09/25/2013 - 10:12am -- WCVE

Explorer and scientist Paul Sereno made an extraordinary discovery in the middle of the Sahara desert: While prospecting for dinosaur bones, he stumbled across an ancient human cemetery more than 5,000 years older than the Egyptian pyramids. Sereno’s team counts dozens of skeletons within just a few minutes. Who were these people and what were they doing in the middle of the desert? How did they live and die? What can this mystery tell us about our planet? And why are there two distinct groups of people here, existing thousands of years apart?

Rising Stars! Young Scientists and Innovators in Central Virginia

We have a lot to be proud of here in Virginia. And we are very proud of our Rising Stars! Virginia students who are  working hard to improve our nation's standing in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Each year, thousands of students in Virginia conduct scientific research, develop innovative solutions to world problems, and compete in statewide and national STEM competitions.

Question Your World: Could Humans Use Photosynthesis?

The race for the most efficient way to power our planet is happening right now. There are many options ranging from wind to nuclear to hydro power. Sometimes science has to turn to nature for inspiration, after all trees have been using solar energy to survive for millions upon millions of years. Could humans use photosynthesis to power our lives? Learn more in this week’s Question Your World Radio Report from the Science Museum of Virginia.

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