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Revenge of the Electric Car

Tue, 04/17/2012 - 2:54pm -- WCVE

In Revenge of the Electric Car, filmmaker Chris Paine visits Nissan, GM and Tesla Motors to examine the resurgence of the electric car and the race to build the next generation of automobiles.

In 2006, as many as 5,000 modern electric cars were destroyed by the major car companies that built them. That automotive massacre was documented in Chris Paine’s documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?

Senior Design Expo 2012: VCU Event Aims to Raise Awareness to Middle and High School Students

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 2:52pm -- WCVE

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Engineering presents Senior Design Expo 2012, an annual event where teams of engineering students share their innovative research and design prototypes with the greater Richmond community.

The event will take place on Friday, April 27, at 9:30 a.m., in the rotunda and adjacent rooms of the Science Museum of Virginia located at 2500 West Broad Street.

Future Engineers Build Under Pressure

When you were a kid, how many things did you build out of Popsicle sticks?  Maybe a pencil holder or a box, a teepee, or a sling shot?  What about a bridge that can withstand the added weight of hundreds of pounds?  Students from Cosby High School’s Engineering Design Course recently developed designs and built bridges that could hold up under pressure.

Nature: River of No Return

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 4:12pm -- WCVE

Deep in the heart of Idaho lies the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, part of the largest roadless area left in the lower 48 states. At 2.5 million acres, it is larger than Yellowstone, yet most people have never even heard of it. Designated a federally-protected wilderness in 1980 by Congress, the region is full of deep canyons and mountain forests, rivers and abundant wildlife. Otters and elk, deer and coyotes, blue birds and bighorn sheep, and newly-restored wolf populations all thrive there.

The BioGENEius Challenge: One Young Man's Story that Could Save Your Life

I am continuously amazed when I hear about young scientists – high school students - who are making a difference in the future of medicine.  I recently talked with Riley Ennis, a freshman at Dartmouth College, who won the Virginia BioGENEius Challenge last year and went on to become a U.S.

Nature: Survivors of the Firestorm

The bushfires that tore through the Australian state of Victoria in February 2009 incinerated over a million acres of land, including key mountain ash forest ecosystems. Fires are a natural force of nature which spur regeneration, but the immediate aftermath of this giant firestorm was devastation. By the time the fires subsided, 173 people had lost their lives, over one million acres of mountain ash forest had been destroyed, and countless animals had perished. The overwhelming firestorm was one of the worst in the country’s history, and came to be known as Black Saturday.

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