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Question Your World: What Does Water on Mars Mean for the Future?

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.

Science Pub RVA: Bigger Thinking on Biodiversity

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.

Flora and Fauna of Virginia Environmental Education Conference

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.

The Violinist’s Thumb And Other Lost Tales of the Human Genome

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.

Question Your World: Did an Island Just Pop-up Out of Nowhere?

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.

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.

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.

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