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Nuts and Bolts: How Our Brains Think About STEM

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:25pm -- WCVE

From With Good Reason - What if you could change not just how much you know, but your actual intelligence? Psychologist Oliver Hill (Virginia State University) believes that special cognitive training can rewire the way brains work and help kids succeed in math and science. And: Stereotypes affect the way others see us and the way we see ourselves.

Question Your World: Is There A Glue That Can Help Fix Our Wounds?

Busted door knobs, broken heels, and cracked glasses are a few things that can be fixed using super glue. The quick bonding adhesive works on nearly everything, perhaps that's why this glue is considered to be super. As amazing as this glue is it still can't be used to help us seal up surgical cuts and incisions due to its toxicity. So, is there a way to make glue that won’t be dangerous for us?

Science Wednesday: The Private Life of Deer

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 3:28pm -- WCVE

From coast to coast, some 30 million white-tailed deer make their home in the United States. Deer are the most highly studied mammals in the world, but does the typical homeowner with deer in the yard know how long deer can live? When they sleep? How many babies a doe can have each year?

Enter the hidden world of white-tailed deer outfitted with night-vision cameras and GPS tracking equipment to see them not as common backyard creatures, but as intelligent, affectionate family members.

Question Your World: Can We Control Aging?

Every event in the universe that we have been able to observe is deeply entangled with time. Time's forward impact has an influence on everything from the forming of distant galaxies to the wear and tear within our cells. The impact time has on us is called aging. This is a constant and forward moving process, but does it have to be? Can we control aging? Learn more in this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia.  

Science Wednesday: Alien Planets Revealed

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:26am -- WCVE

NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler Telescope has discovered thousands of exotic new worlds far beyond our solar system. Are any of them like Earth? And what sort of life could flourish on them?

With vivid animation and input from expert astrophysicists and astrobiologists, NOVA takes you on a mind-bending exploration of these strange worlds and the possible creatures we might one day encounter there.

American Experience: Poisoner's Handbook

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:31am -- WCVE

In the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner’s treasure chest: radioactive radium in health tonics, thallium in depilatory creams, morphine in teething medicine and potassium cyanide in cleaning supplies. While the tools of the murderer’s trade multiplied as the pace of industrial innovation increased, the scientific knowledge (and political will) to detect and prevent the crimes lagged behind. Unnatural deaths were handled by the coroner, a position handed out to the corrupt and unqualified as political payback.

Question Your World: What Happened in Science this Year?

Right around the holiday season we start to see a lot of top 10 lists that go over all the major highlights of the year. Entertainment, politics, sports, and day-to-day living are all discussed in the yearly recap. So, what happened in science this year? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Holiday DIY Projects: Exploring Ice Crystals

Here is another great winter craft that incorporates several STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) based principles. Create an ice crystal. This activity is ideal for children between the ages of 16 months and 4 years old. Begin the activity by providing children several basic facts about snow. Facts can be very simple for a young child, 16 - 24 months, and increase in detail according to the age and interest level of the child.

Question Your World: What's Up With Moons?

From our closest celestial neighbor to distant objects that orbit planets, moons are pretty interesting. The more we learn about them the more interesting they become. Scientists are constantly looking at various moons as future projects, but why? What's up with moons? Find out in this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia.

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