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DNA: A ‘New’ Crime-solving Molecule?

Anyone who has ever watched “Law and Order” or “CSI” knows: obtaining and analyzing DNA evidence features prominently in many of its fictional criminal cases. But leaving such TV dramatizations aside, over the last two decades, DNA evidence has come to play an increasingly routine and important role in the U.S. law enforcement and justice systems. Technological innovations within science and social policy have both played a role in this process. 

Question Your World: Why Can’t We Stop Thinking?

Try to stop thinking for five seconds. Ready?…steady…GO! Okay, now you’re just reading this and not-stopping-your-thinking! So why can’t we stop thinking? Well, this is the handiwork of our old friend, evolution. A long time ago moment-to-moment readiness was necessary for survival. In those days people had to worry about things like lion attacks, leopard attacks, monkeys stealing berries, scorpions, falling rocks, drowning, giant snakes, and so on. This required a brain that was constantly working.

Virginia State University Extension Exploring Aquaponics

Virginia State University is ready to begin construction on a unique Aquaponics research lab in a downtown Petersburg warehouse. Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture, or fish-farming, and hydroponics, growing plants without dirt in nutrient rich water. It’s an ancient concept but a comparatively new scientific field and Virginia State University is on the cutting edge.

Science Pub RVA: Magnets, Nanotechnology and Alternative Energy

Do you think the most used magnet in your home is the one on your refrigerator door? Well, that’s actually unlikely considering that magnets are used in just about everything from your computer to your blender. Since magnets are everywhere, you may wonder if there is anything new to learn about them. How about the use of magnets in nanoscience and green technologies like electric cars and wind energy generation?

Virginia Helps Pioneer New Nuclear Reactor Technology

Another major development in the advancement of Virginia as a high-tech state occurred this week. The Babcock & Wilcox Company announced that the production-standard control room prototype for its small modular reactor is now operational. This engineering simulator is a key milestone in the B&W mPower development program. “Our vision is simple and I think it’s bold.

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