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Big Picture Science Joins Saturday Lineup On WCVE 88.9 HD2

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 1:24pm -- WCVE

The world has changed since enterprising hominids chipped stones to use as tools. Today’s scientific and technological development moves faster than a speeding maglev train. If you’re curious about where innovation is headed and delight in the wonders of scientific discovery, tune your ears to Big Picture Science. Science radio doesn’t have to be dull.

NASA Hypersonic Inflatable Tech Test Set for Virginia Launch July 21

Wed, 07/18/2012 - 10:42am -- WCVE

Wallops Island, Va. -- Researchers from NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia will launch and deploy a large inflatable heat shield aboard a rocket traveling at hypersonic speeds this weekend during a technology demonstration test from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia.

Floating Classroom on the James: James River Expedition 2012

The Second Annual James River Expedition – a floating classroom on the James – is underway. The three-part Expedition launched from Iron Gate near Covington, Virginia on June 23 and will conclude in Hampton on July 28. Students and teachers from nine different high schools across Virginia are paddling and exploring one of the three major geographical sections of the James – the upper, middle and lower James.

Butterflies LIVE! Fascinating, Beautiful and Hard Working Pollinators

Where can you be surrounded by hundreds of exotic butterflies this summer? Join teacher Kim Farren and her four and five year old Millwood School students as they experience Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Butterflies LIVE! exhibit. Ms. Farren recently brought her students to Butterflies LIVE! to experience butterflies up close as a part of their study of insects.

Water Bottle Rockets: Going for the World Record

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 10:21am -- WCVE

Visitors at the Science Museum of Virginia attempted to help set a Guinness World Record for water bottle rocket launches on July 4th. The Science Museum of Virginia teamed up with the joint NASA and University of Central Lancashire in an effort to set the world record for the most number of water rockets launched in one day, along with young rocket enthusiasts from around the country.

Another Big Bang of Science: Fireworks!

Is there a better way to explore science and chemistry than by dissecting the bangs, explosions and flashes of fireworks? Get ready for your Fourth of July celebration after you watch the video below from the Royal Institute at the University of Cambridge, England. Professor Chris Bishop walks you through hands-on demonstrations about the hows and whys of firework science.

Polyphemus Moth Emerges on Sesame Street

Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and WCVE Public Radio producer Steve Clark discuss the emergence of a Polyphemus Moth from a cocoon found just outside the radio station on this week’s “What's Bugging You?” Two WCVE Public Radio employees, Shawn Evans and Derrick Starr captured an image of the freshly emerged moth, its male suitor and the cocoon from which the female emerged.

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