After years of looking at extremely distant landscapes via photos and taking many guesses as to why Mars has the landscape it does, we finally have a little bit of the answer. Turns out that the Curiosity rover has scooped up some soil and identified water! So, what does water on Mars mean for the future? Learn more in this week’s Question Your World Radio Report from the Science Museum of Virginia.
When you think “biodiversity,” what do you picture? Was it the Amazon rainforest, a U.S. National Park like Yellowstone, or the Great Barrier Reef? These are definitely areas chock-full of interesting and dynamic plants and animals. But biodiversity and its importance aren't reserved to these hotspots. New discoveries and a growing understanding of biodiversity are changing our thinking and could lead to shifts in conservation approaches.
Do you know how to make household cleaners? How about solar energy? As an educator, how do you get families involved in learning about the environment? And, as a student, how do you find out about opportunities in the fields related to environmental education? These questions and more will be addressed in an upcoming conference arranged by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists.
If you think gourds are only a fall table decoration, you’re missing out.
Sometimes the Earth needs to readjust itself. When this happens we experience some pretty massive geological activity. Recently a large quake happened and changed a part of the Pakistan coastline. So, can an earthquake really just cause an island to pop up out of nowhere? Learn more in this week’s Question Your World Radio Report from the Science Museum of Virginia.
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.
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?
In ten years even slow animals like turtles can clock a good amount of miles, so why do our rovers on Mars move even slower than that? Why can't these Mars rovers move any faster? Find out in this week’s Question Your World Radio Report from the Science Museum of Virginia.