Topic: environment

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

As autumn makes its presence known to us, we start to see a lot of leaves falling to the ground.  This is a beautiful indicator of seasonal change and these leaves often get swept aside in order to clean up the landscape.  Recently lawn maintenance was viewed through the lens of science...

Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year!  Millions of people gather each year in New York City to usher in the upcoming year.  Billions more join this celebration in various other mega cities around the planet.  So, what is a mega city?    Each year around midnight on Dec 31st...

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...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Last week, the Richmond area received about five inches of rain, which helped to reduce the rainfall deficit in our area for the year. For the record, though, we’re still short by 4.9 inches of rainfall for the year. During the weekend before remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole drenched...

Friday, August 20, 2010

During lunchtime the other day, I stopped by our Bayscapes demonstration garden in front of the Museum, to weed the Black-Eyed Susans. Bayscapes features native plants of Virginia that residents can use in their home landscaping which also improve water quality in the James River and Chesapeake Bay...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

By Ben Remo Science Museum of Virginia intern Deep under the surface of the world’s oceans is a whole other dimension of life that one has to see to believe. Humans have always been fascinated with the ocean and creatures of the seas. The new IMAX movie, Deep Sea delivers to that...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

As officials make another attempt to cap the well spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Virginians might be asking, “Could oil show up here?” As of now, it appears a large oil slick on Virginia waterways is unlikely, but oil residue in the form of tar balls could wash up on local...

Monday, March 8, 2010

Another earthquake – this time in Turkey. Earthquakes are certainly in the news. Fortunately, earthquakes are not a frequent occurrence in Virginia, but they do happen. Do you remember the one on December 9, 2003? It measured 4.5 on the Richter scale; its epicenter was just south of the...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Our first day in the field saw us piling into the caravan of vehicles, headed for Prince William Forest Park. We pulled off next to the stream and gathered our gear; waders, dip nets, pH meter, clipboards and the backpack electroshocker. We trooped through the woods to our first test site...

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