Mark Evans and Joy Reidenberg brave the baking desert to dissect a camel, the ultimate desert survivor. They uncover the secret of the camel’s hump and investigate how its elastic legs, stretchy lips and pedestal (a strange bump on its chest) are among the many surprising adaptations that enable the camel to thrive in such a dry and hostile environment.
Turn off the TV. Stop the video games. Forget the twittering bells and whistles, and get outside and play!
Have you heard that recently? It’s not a bad idea. Deep Run High School teacher Tee Clarkson knows why. He grew up learning to fish with his Dad and in the process gained a lifetime “love of the environment” -- a love that will outlast any indoor digital goody you can think of.
They slice through the water’s surface with explosive power — sail, spear and half a ton of muscle flashing in the sun. Their journeys through the open ocean are epic, their life cycle, bizarre. They are the billfish — marlin, sailfish, spearfish and swordfish — largest and most highly prized of all gamefish.
Well, first “a scientist walks into a bar...,” but it's no joke because that scientist will inspire people just like you at Science Pub RVA events - discussions, maybe over a few brews - certainly among curious people, folks who'd like to know about “real” science–the kind that’s all around us all the time–stuff that will amaze you and where there’s no such thing as a dumb question.
Mountain bikes are great, but would one work on the face of the Moon? NASA engineers and VCU’s School of Engineering students know better. The Moon’s rock-and-roll face is not a mountain trail. Special engineering skills are needed to design and build a vehicle humans can ride across the moon’s alien environment.
Investigate the parallel stories of collapsing Pacific salmon populations and how biologists and engineers have become instruments in audacious experiments to replicate every stage of the fish’s life cycle in Nature “Salmon: Running the Gauntlet.”
Bones of Turkana, the stunning new National Geographic Special, follows Richard Leake’s astonishing life and investigates four decades of exploration and discovery in Africa, alongside Meave and Louise, both paleontologists and National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence.
Congratulations to Team Sparky 384 from Henrico County, who joined teams from Martinsville, Va. and Raleigh, N.C. to become top winners in the 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Virginia Regional, a “varsity sport for the mind.”