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Science Wednesday: At the Edge of Space

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:36am -- WCVE

Between the blue sky above us and the infinite blackness of space lies a frontier full of enigmas that scientists have only just begun to investigate. “At the Edge of Space” takes viewers on a spectacular exploration to probe the earth-space boundary zone, home to some of nature’s most puzzling and alluring phenomena: the shimmering aurora, streaking meteors, and fleeting flashes that shoot upwards from thunderclouds, known as sprites.

Question Your World: How Can We Bring Back Lost Memories?

Our memories are arguably the most important thing we have. Nearly every moment of our lives is predicated upon the past and our learned experiences, for better or for worse. For some the aging process becomes a battle to retain memories. This had scientists asking an interesting question: How can we bring back lost memories? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Jump to Protons: Hampton University's Proton Therapy Institute

Special Science Matters report from 88.9 WCVE correspondent, Charles Fishburne – Virginia has one of the nation’s 12 proton therapy centers for radiation treatment of tumors. The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute is a 225 million dollar facility, built of 85 million pounds of concrete and 430 tons of steel.

Question Your World: Can Our Senses Impact How Long We Live?

Our senses build the framework for a lot of our memories. Smells, scents, tastes, touch, and sight are how we approach the world, but is that the extent of what they have to offer? Can our senses impact how long we live? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.

Question Your World: What Makes Our Brain Work At Its Best?

Our brain is what makes us what we are. Nearly all aspects of our lives are a product of the human brain, so keeping it in optimal functional condition is very important. We're still piecing together the puzzle of how the brain works, so any new discovery goes a long way. So, what makes our brain work at its best? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Making it Real for Middle School Students through Science and Innovation

Where are great ideas related to science and innovation being brought to life for middle school students this summer? At VCU's da Vinci Works program. The da Vinci Works program is an innovation ecosystem where VCU students of various disciplines who have a passion to create come together to develop, test and execute their ideas. For six weeks, college students gather in a VCU studio workshop steeped in the tradition of Leonardo da Vinci, one of history's greatest innovators.

Question Your World: What's the Latest Cool Plant Discovery?

Despite huge Hollywood movies, last minute political shifts, or surprising athletic accomplishments, nothing can come close to bizarre and fascinating like nature. After thousands of years of exploring the most common and remote places we’re still continuing to find truly remarkable aspects of our natural world. Animals, atmospheric change, marine patterns, and many other natural aspects have shocked the senses and rattled the imagination, but sometimes very ordinary things pack quite the shocking punch, especially in plants. So, what’s the latest cool plant discovery?

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