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Wintry Citizen Scientist Projects - Get Involved!

Baby, it’s cold outside! To mark the first day of winter on December 21st, we’d like to share this list of wintry Citizen Science projects by SciStarterSciStarter is a fantastic website where you can discover, get involved in, and contribute to science research projects through recreational activities. They have over 600 citizen science projects listed!

Question Your World: How Does the Brain Make Decisions?

Decisions, decisions, decisions! Our lives are basically a series of decisions, on after the other. The big and small decisions we make shape and guide everything in our lives. So, the big question right now is, how does the brain make decisions? Learn more in this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia.

Science Wednesdays: Ultimate Mars Challenge

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 10:17am -- WCVE

In August, a rover named Curiosity touched down inside Mars’ Gale Crater, carrying 10 new instruments that will advance the quest for signs that Mars might once have been suitable for life. But Curiosity’s mission is risky. After parachuting through the Martian atmosphere at twice the speed of sound, Curiosity was gently lowered to the planet’s surface by a “sky crane.” This first-of-its-kind system has been tested on Earth, but there was no guarantee it would work on Mars.

Holiday DIY Projects to Do at Home: Hack a Greeting Card

Want to let off a little STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) this holiday season? Then grab your family, add a few supplies and try out these fun activities! Over the next several weeks, Science Matters will feature hands-on projects that will keep kids of all ages engaged in a bit of science. Let us know which projects are your favorites and post photos of your fab results on Science Matters' Facebook page.

Question Your World: How Did Technology Play a Role in the Comet ISON Story?

For a long time humanity has relied on technology to help us understand more about the natural world. For example, we can look up at the moon all we want, but without technology we would never see the detailed ridges on its surface or know what its dust is like. Observations and collecting data are just two of the many ways that technology can play a role in celestial happenings.

Science Pub RVA: Manufacturing Movement

Fascinating things happen at NASA Langley Research Center but it’s not always about space. Continuing with the theme of innovation, this month’s December 4th Science Pub RVA gathering is about making stuff for the aeronautical industry. Specifically how things are fabricated there via 3D printing and what goes into the creation of dynamically-scaled models for testing. 

Question Your World: Can the Stomach Impact the Brain?

Everyone has had at least one cranky moment over being hungry, right? Those moments are where the temperament of the mind has been altered by a need of the body, but what about other times? Are there other occasions where brain function is impacted due to stomach related issues? Can the stomach impact the brain? Find out in this week's Question Your World Radio Report by the Science Museum of Virginia.

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