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New Era Begins for Virginia’s Commercial Aerospace Industry

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.

NOVA: Making Stuff Stronger, Smaller

Fri, 09/14/2012 - 10:02am -- WCVE

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.

“Slip-sticks” Once Ruled the Math/Science World (and did One go to the Moon?)

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.

Virginia Tech Students’ Experiments On Board Rocket Launch

Wed, 08/22/2012 - 12:37pm -- WCVE

A team from Virginia Tech is at Wallops Island tomorrow morning (Thursday, August 23), for the launch of a suborbital rocket, carrying with it their experiments--and their hopes for a future in space exploration.

WCVE Public Radio’s Charles Fishburne has more in this Science Matters report. Video segment courtesy of the University of Colorado.

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