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Thursday, December 20, 2012

 On December 1, our fruitcake balloon made its debut in the Dominion Christmas Parade. Created to celebrate Fruitcake Science, our favorite holiday tradition of destroying – oops, we mean experimenting on holiday fruitcakes in the name of scientific inquiry, we were...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

THE END OF THE WORLD IS COMING!!!….AGAIN!!!!!   If the world had ended every time a bad prediction was made, we would be in some real trouble!     Humanity's doom and gloom world ending predictions have happened several times in the past.  So, its no...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hello there, Science Museum of Virginia members! Welcome to the first just-for-members entry in the SMV blog. We’ll be using this space to give you news on our special member events and offers. Our phones have been ringing off the hook with PJ Party registrations. Our...

Friday, September 28, 2012

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.... ZZZZZZZZZZZZ.... ZZZZZZZZ.... ZZZZ..... Ah sleep, so peaceful! So, why do we sleep? Well, first of all every animal with a brain sleeps.  A lot of really important things happen while we are off in dreamy dream land. Sleep is when the body gets a...
Topics Covered: the body human, sleep

Friday, August 31, 2012

In 1977 NASA launched Voyager 1  and 2, two probes boldly going where no spacecraft had gone before!  After 35 years of zipping through space these ultimate inanimate explorers still work and are still communicating with us!  The Voyager program has been a vital source of information...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The morning began with a quick dash for coffee at the local Starbucks. After some light conversation about our personal teaching positions we headed out at approximately 8:30 am. We met with Kaitlyn and Chris from the SCA at the National Park, for the second day, to continue our monitoring of the...
(Or, “another day, another macroinvertebrate”) We loaded up and headed off deep into the wilds of… Alexandria. Traffic wasn’t too bad! We made decent time getting to the Cameron Run, a 4th order stream in an industrial area with a LOT of human impacts. Think...
Welllll.... mostly business. We began firming up plans for our grant proposals: Fauzia and Steve's ideas for stream monitoring projects; Terry and Deborah's plans for baseline surveys to use in planning for school construction; Bryan's thoughts on doing a stream restoration; Amy...
400 years ago lead was harnessed to wood and thus pencils were born!  Today, most pencils are made of graphite surrounded by a wooden shell.  The average pencil can draw a line for about 35 miles!  If you're not drawing 35 mile long lines you could be writing words, about 45,000...

Wednesday, August 15, 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...
Topics Covered: the body human

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