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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Today artifacts from Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s ship, The City of New York, go on auction in Dallas, Texas. A native Virginian, Admiral Byrd used the ship in his expedition to the Antarctic in 1928. The purpose of this trip was to make the first flight across the South Pole, which he did,...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Want to wish upon a falling star? This is the week - the Leonid Meteor Shower peaks tomorrow. Earth is currently passing through the “tail” of Comet Tempel-Tuttle. Often called a “dirty snowball,” a comet usually orbits the sun in an elliptical orbit. The comet’s...

Monday, November 15, 2010

On this day in 1975, the last passenger train departed Richmond’s Broad Street Station, now home to the Science Museum of Virginia. On what date did the first passenger train depart? Extra credit: How many passengers passed through the station on its busiest day? What was the date?...
Plastic shopping bags: do ya’ love ‘em or hate ‘em? They are a mixed bag in my book - I love the convenience but hate the trash they create. Today is America Recycles Day. To commemorate the day, Virginia is launching the “A Bag’s Life” campaign at the State...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Often when I am going through the collection at the Virginia Aviation Museum I sometimes feel as though I’m on a treasure hunt. Just the other week I opened a box to find World War II memorabilia from one man who was stationed in New Guinea. The box was complete with a hunting knife with...

Monday, November 8, 2010

The SunTrust Richmond Marathon is this Saturday, November 13, 2010.  NBC12's Andrew Freiden has posted the following weather forecast for race day:  7 am - low to mid-40's, mostly sunny  Noon - near 60, partly sunny  3 pm - mid-60's, partly sunny...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

If someone had asked me a year ago to describe a "blood chit" or a "short snorter bill", I'm pretty sure that I would have only been able to blink in response. But since I began my position as curator at the Virginia Aviation Museum (a division of the Science Museum of...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

By Meghan West Gallery Educator Science Museum of Virginia   In our “Beach Science: It’s a Shore Thing” exhibit we have a saltwater tank housing some sea creatures that can be found off the coast of Virginia. For those of you who have been to “Beach...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fall foliage season is here! According to the Virginia Department of Forestry, the trees producing this beautiful display are:Ash - yellow, maroon leaves Beech - yellow to orange leaves Dogwood - scarlet to purple leaves Hickory - golden bronze leaves Oak - red, brown or...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

What are you afraid of?  Snakes, spiders, heights, loud noises? For me, I am ok with snakes and spiders, although I am not fond enough of either to have one as a pet. One animal that really creeps me out, though - crickets.  Perhaps I had one too...

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