Topic: science museum of virginia

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Painter, inventor, scientist, and all around smart guy, Leonardo Da Vinci, once said: "The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art." True that Leo! Consider for a moment all the things the human foot does to make our lives more interesting. Field goals, tap dancing...

Friday, May 4, 2012

Now is a great time for science. New inventions, discoveries, and groundbreaking research are constantly improving the quality of our lives. Women scientists have contributed greatly to our understanding of the world. Marie Curie helped us understand the very nature of the atom and radioactivity....

Sunday, April 22, 2012

This Earth Day, I could pass along “green” tips on how to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint, but I will save that for another time. Instead, let me make a suggestion: go OUTSIDE this weekend! Take your dog for a walk, plant a vegetable garden, play outdoor games with your...

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Gas prices are on the rise again...  The world's supply of fossil fuel is limited and will eventually be exhausted.  Production is becoming more difficult and more expensive.  Many Americans are turning to renewable energy.  What exactly is renewable...

Friday, March 2, 2012

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...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

From the collection of the Virginia Aviation Museum (a division of the Science Museum of Virginia) are two World War II era morale boosters for troops. These booklets provided entertainment for those serving overseas during the war. The “Army Song Book” was published in 1941 by the...

Friday, May 6, 2011

Meet Scheila and her friends: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/universe/features/asteroid-collision.html An asteroid named Scheila lives in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter with millions of other asteroids.  Scheila is about 70 miles across and completes her orbit around the...

Friday, April 29, 2011

As gas approaches $4 per gallon, we are all looking for ways to save. Lots of advice is circulating around, but which tips will actually save fuel? Let’s separate fact from fiction: Fact: Slow down. Why? There’s this little problem of air and drag. As you zoom down the road at...

Monday, April 18, 2011

The above drawing is a futuristic view of the world as envisioned by Reynolds Metals Co. in the mid-1960s for what the future would hold for the Aluminaut (shown as the dark vessel at top left).   Here are some projects it was believed the Aluminaut would initiate:...

Friday, April 15, 2011

If you lowered the thermostat on your water heater by one degree this year, you could save enough energy to microwave 207 bags of popcorn or power a fish tank for 19 days. If 1000 people joined you, we could power 10 homes for 30 days or power a hospital for 4 days. More...

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