Topic: biology

Thursday, October 28, 2010

By Meghan West Gallery Educator Science Museum of Virginia   In our “Beach Science: It’s a Shore Thing” exhibit we have a saltwater tank housing some sea creatures that can be found off the coast of Virginia. For those of you who have been to “Beach...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

If you spend much time on the Virginia coast, the high-pitched call of the osprey is a familiar sound. In fact it’s so familiar that it’s often taken for granted …until it’s gone. I love fall with its cool sunny days and blue, blue skies, but I am always a little sad when...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Last Sunday I decided to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and eat my lunch outside. About halfway through my sandwich, I glanced up to see something fuzzy crawling down my bangs onto my nose – UGH! It was a fall webworm – you know, those nasty hairy caterpillars whose giant webs appear...

Friday, August 20, 2010

During lunchtime the other day, I stopped by our Bayscapes demonstration garden in front of the Museum, to weed the Black-Eyed Susans. Bayscapes features native plants of Virginia that residents can use in their home landscaping which also improve water quality in the James River and Chesapeake Bay...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

By Ben Remo Science Museum of Virginia intern Deep under the surface of the world’s oceans is a whole other dimension of life that one has to see to believe. Humans have always been fascinated with the ocean and creatures of the seas. The new IMAX movie, Deep Sea delivers to that...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ah, summer at the beach. What is your favorite beach activity? Swimming? Surfing? Volleyball? How about beachcombing? Do you like to collect seashells? Here is a brief guide to shells and other treasures you might discover on Virginia beaches. (To see the real thing, without a trip to the beach,...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Have you met Chrysaora quinquecirrha? If you’ve spent time in the Chesapeake Bay in the summertime, you probably have. His more familiar name is sea nettle, and he is not one of the most pleasant fellows you will ever meet. The sea nettle is a large sea jelly, a semi-transparent bell-shaped...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

By Fernando Luna Vera Ph.D. Candidate, Chemistry Department, VCU Science Museum of Virginia Volunteer   On August 16th 2008 millions of people witnessed one of the greatest achievements in the history of the Olympics games, Michael Phelps winning his eighth gold medal in...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

By Fernando Luna Vera Ph.D. Candidate, Chemistry Department, VCU Science Museum of Virginia Volunteer   “Can you please pass me the hot sauce?” a friend of mine asked. “This one?” I replied, holding up and showing him a warm spinach dip cup. “No...

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