Topic: Question Power

Friday, September 7, 2012

Step inside a record-breaking aluminum submarine that has voyaged across the world to the depths of the ocean. Created by Reynold’s Metals Company in 1964, The Aluminaut is the world’s first aluminum-created submarine. It set a record for the deepest dive by a submarine and travelled...
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Spark your sense of wonder by learning key concepts of electricity. Pedal a stationary bike and see how much energy you can generate. Compare your energy output to that of a wind turbine. Create a current and make electricity.
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Explore extinction, biodiversity and mutation in nature. Take a look at a diagram that follows the existence of organisms from 4 billion years ago to today. Learn about the effects of carbon emissions, the greenhouse effect and global warming.
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How does it work?  A rainwater harvesting system captures, diverts and stores rainwater for later use.  Rainwater harvesting at the Science Museum The Museum is installing a rainwater harvesting system to collect water runoff from one of the train canopies located behind the Museum....
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Porous pavement has similar strength and appearance to regular pavement, but is permeable so that runoff (rainwater) can flow directly through its surface and into the soil. As a result, less water flows into the street sewer system. The parking lot located on the side of Science Museum will have...
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How does it work? Bioretention areas are used to remove a wide range of pollutants and can help reduce stormwater runoff flow rates.  They are commonly used in parking lot islands or in small areas of a developed site. Bioretention areas use vegetation such as shrubs, trees and grasses to...
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Tree box filters consist of a container filled with a soil mixture, a mulch layer, an under-drain system and a shrub or tree. Tree box filters collect rainwater runoff which is filtered by the vegetation and soil before going into the catch basin underneath. Water that is collected in tree boxes...
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A BayScapes garden uses native plants that are adapted to survive in the soil and climate. As such, routine watering and pesticide or fertilizer use is not necessary to maintain a flourishing garden. Planting a BayScapes garden reduces the amount of fertilizers and pesticides that flow into the...
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Unlike buildings with standard roof systems of asphalt, concrete or shingles, a green roof is covered with soil and vegetation. Trees and plants can help trap water and prevent stormwater run-off. In addition, the vegetation on a green roof provides a lighter colored surface, thereby reducing heat...
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The Science Museum of Virginia is working with key partners to develop an environmental site design, demonstration, education and training center.  Stormwater management technologies are being incorporated on-site at the Museum’s Broad Street location Our project initiatives include...
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