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Experimental Musings

​We are more than a museum. We’re a bunch of passionate, inquisitive, world-questioning folks who are awestruck at the amazing wonder that is our world. Join us as we muse about science, technology, engineering and math. Learn something new. Ponder a different theory. Pick up some facts for trivia night. And if we may be so bold – enrich your appreciation of science.

  • Super Blue Blood Lunacy: Hyping the Moon

    Hi, everyone. It’s Justin Bartel. As the Science Museum of Virginia’s resident astronomer, it’s interesting to hear guests, the media and friends on social media talk about the supposed super blue blood moon happening this week. A full moon is always a wonderful sight, and you can count on seeing one every 29 or 30 days, but on January 31, 2018, three lunar events are overlapping. On the face of it, the resulting “super blue blood moon” sounds pretty spectacular! But let’s look past the hype: what can we really expect to see?

  • Question Your World: Can Drones Save Lives?

    There are a lot of concerns over technology taking human jobs, but in many cases, technology can actually help humans be better at their jobs. One quick example is drone technology used for disaster and emergency rescues. This technology has already been used to help find earthquake and hurricane survivors that are trapped or isolated in places that we can’t easily see, but now drones are also being used to save lives at the beach!

  • Question Your World: How About this Cold Weather?

    In the event you have not stepped outside in the last few weeks, let me tell you, it's been cold! Recently we experienced a 2-week severe cold snap that began during the last week of December and lasted through the first week of January. Real cold stuff, folks - like 20 degrees below normal (that is, usual) winter temperatures in some VA cities!

  • What Do Women Scientists, Conditioning Techniques and Rats Have In Common?

    Training Norway rats to play basketball is pretty hard. But what might be more difficult is deciding what to name the seven new rat basketball trainees at the Science Museum of Virginia!

  • Question Your World: Happy Locally Sourced Thanksgiving, Virginia!

    On Thursday, millions of Americans will gather around dinner tables for the big Thanksgiving meal. The giant festive feast is the centerpiece of this holiday, so let’s take a look at Thanksgiving foods through the lens of science.