Topic: science museum of virginia

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The concept of using mice for experiments is a pretty established aspect of scientific research.  Mice are excellent examples of mammalian systems and oftentimes their bodies help us understand a lot about our own. So, why do we study mice brains?   Rodents are no strangers to the...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

​ On Dec 5, 2014, NASA launched the Orion spacecraft on an unmanned test flight.  With a successful blast off and splash down, many people are wondering what's next for the Orion spacecraft?   Keep in mind, humanity's first orbital launch was the Sputnik spacecraft,...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

In the coming months, we’ll take a look at some of the stranger names in our Solar System to prepare for a challenge from the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Over the last 20 years, astronomers have found over 1,800 exoplanets - planets orbiting other stars. These alien words are...
As autumn makes its presence known to us, we start to see a lot of leaves falling to the ground.  This is a beautiful indicator of seasonal change and these leaves often get swept aside in order to clean up the landscape.  Recently lawn maintenance was viewed through the lens of science...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

From the days of domesticating agriculture our diet has played a huge role in who we are as a species.  As technology advanced we were able to do more with food and learn more about what food does to us.  Now scientists are asking bold new questions and getting some pretty amazing answers...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

We're all familiar with the world of science fiction, home to the mythical element that binds the universe and can be controlled with one's mind, the Force.  Scientists are working on some pretty remarkable things these days, but can technology ever help us physically control things...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Sometimes there are some unusual paths that lead scientists to unexpected discoveries.  Inspirations for bold innovative advances come from interesting places, but medical advances sometimes come from the strangest places.  With that said, can venom be helpful to our health?  ...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween is an awesome time of year to show off your creativity and crafty costume making skills right? Well, the world of science is no exception to that. While pirates, zombies and scary monsters are commonly found walking around on Oct 31st, there is plenty of room for other awesome costumes...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

​ Rock concerts, loud parties or just the natural process of aging all have a huge impact on our ability to hear. Once the damage is done, it's too late...or is it? Can we fix our hearing?   The ability to hear properly is vital to the human sensory experience. Traffic,...

Friday, October 24, 2014

Remote controllers, cars, laptops and smoke detectors are just a some of the many things in our lives that rely on batteries to function.  In the past few decades battery technology has made leaps and bounds, but people still complain about how long their devices can hold a charge. So, how...

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