This weekend I'm hoping for clear skies and an amazing light show delivered by Draco the Dragon - the Draconid Meteor Shower. Grab your lawn chair and start watching for shooting stars especially at nightfall on Sunday, October 7. The Draconid Meteors are unpredictable in intensity, but last year European observers were treated to somewhere around 600 meteors per hour during the peak. Draconids are among the slowest of all meteors which makes them stunning visually.
I met an incredible group of young people this summer. Area middle and high school students and students from The Faison School for Autism who were toiling in the summer heat at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. They were helping to plant and harvest almost 10,000 lbs of fresh vegetables to feed children and the elderly.
Have you ever wondered why people do or don't vote? A lot of political scientists certainly have. And what is even more intriguing are the methods they use to uncover the answers to the question. Join other curious minds at Science Pub RVA on October 2nd to discuss the topic of voting and explore your own motivations.
The Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority and a Northern Virginia company have finalized a plan to launch rockets from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS). Governor Bob McDonnell recently announced the agreement with Dulles-based Orbital Sciences Corporation regarding the launch site on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
What is the strongest material in the world? Is it steel, Kevlar, carbon nanotubes, or something entirely new? NOVA kicks off the four-part series “Making Stuff” with a quest for the world’s strongest substances. Host David Pogue takes a look at what defines strength, examining everything from steel cables to mollusk shells to a toucan’s beak. Pogue travels from the deck of a U.S.
Two yard panthers and a little good wolf patrol the edge of the Dawnwood forest that is our backyard. We never know what is going to turn up out there so every day is apt to be a learning experience in my backyard laboratory.
Their formal names were slide rules, and folks called them “slip-sticks.” They were literally analog computers. Many years ago, slide rules were de rigeur for engineers and scientists, and especially several generations of high school and college students.
Not only that, but Neil Armstrong used one, according to a recent Wall Street Journal blog.