Topic: science museum of virginia

Monday, March 7, 2011

The word "nerd" is a fairly recent addition to the English language and is now quite common in everyday speech. When and where was the first recorded usage of the word? (Hint:  Today is Dr. Seuss's birthday...) Answer:  Dr. Seuss holds the honor of...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Space, the final frontier... Today at 4:50 pm, space shuttle Discovery will blast off on its final mission into space.  On board Discovery are six astronauts, the Permanent Multipurpose Module which will become sort of a storage closet for the space station, and...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!  Sure, Valentine's Day is about love and your significant other, but Valentine's Day is also about chocolate.  How much do you know about this delicious and tempting treat? Which statement(s) below are true?    ...

Friday, January 28, 2011

Pilot Wings Pilot wings were described by the War Department as “The shield of the United States of America without stars in the shield at the center of the wings”.     Senior Pilot Wings The Senior Pilot wings look the same as the Pilot wings but with...

Friday, January 21, 2011

Recently I discovered a scrapbook at the Virginia Aviation Museum. Glued inside a bound ledger of the “Southern Fire Insurance Company, Inc. of Lynchburg, VA”, were newspaper clippings spanning from the early 1920s to the late 1930s describing various advancements and events in the...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

On August 1, 1945, over one hundred US B-29 Superfortresses flew over Japan at around 20,000 feet. At this height they dropped 500-pound containers, each holding leaflets that warned the Japanese civilians of the necessity of surrender. At around 4,000 feet the containers opened and released...

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Besides highly publicized science stories of 2010 (Gulf oil spill, Chilean miner rescue, bedbugs, etc.), there were some intriguing and somewhat odd science stories: 1. You think like a worm – The human brain’s center of deep thought is curiously similar to a clump of neurons...

Monday, December 27, 2010

Fruitcake facts: The average fruitcake weighs 2 pounds. Fruitcake has the same density as mahogany. Fruitcake has been around since Roman times. In the 18th century, fruitcake was outlawed in Europe. Almost 3000 pounds of fruitcake were delivered to Iraq in 2006....

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, is the Winter Solstice and usually considered the first day of winter. However, meteorological winter is already here! So what’s the deal? Well, the definition of winter depends on whom you ask. A meteorologist defines winter as the three coldest months of the...

Monday, December 13, 2010

It's snowing!  Snow showers are also predicted for Thursday and a winter storm might hit us this weekend.  Remember last December?  Now for the Question of the Week: What is the percent chance of a white Christmas in Richmond (in any given year)? Answer:...

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