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Bringing Gardens to Bloom for the Blind: VCU School of Engineering Makes it Real

The colors, textures and landscaping at Richmond’s Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is all but hidden from people who are blind and visually impaired. But not for long. Christina Walinski, a Virginia Commonwealth University Engineering student and her professor, Dianne T.V.

Question Your World: How Does Sugar Impact Our Brain?

How does sugar impact our brain? Well, this is a tale of two sugars - glucose and fructose. Both occur naturally, but one of them has a vastly different way of communicating with your brain. In one corner we have glucose, commonly found in pineapples and oranges among others. The consumption of this sugar registers a “full” feeling in the brain.

Mermaid Hales Teaches Children How to "Help Save the Bay"

My name is Hales Parcells and I am a student at the University of Virginia, studying Environmental Sciences. I have been passionate about the ocean ever since I was a little girl playing on the beach. I spend a lot of time studying the mysteries of the ocean and the more I learn, the more I am aware of all of the harm that we humans can cause.

“Mad Skills” at the Controls: Stafford Teen Leads Team to State Robotics Championship

When Nick Butler takes the controls of his Stafford County high school team’s competition robot, he’s bringing literally a lifetime of experience to the task. At the age of 16 months, Nick was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 2, a hereditary disease that causes weakness and wasting of the voluntary muscles in the arms and legs of infants and children.

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