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Question Your World: How Do Trees Help Each Other Out?

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?

Science Wednesdays: Ireland’s Wild River

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 11:24am -- WCVE

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.

Science, Art, Light, Time: Lecture by Narcissus Quagliata at VCU

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.

Question Your World: Can Crocodiles Climb Trees?

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?

Tomorrow's Scientists

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.

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