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Post archive for ‘Science’

Not Your Mother’s Shop Class
April 6th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

Shop class 20 years ago meant hacksaws and hammers, but the shop class of 2013 is about teaching innovation and creation through computer programming, 3D printers, and maybe even Legos. A leader in this new kind of education, Mano Talaiver (Longwood University) teaches kids how to program LED lights to customize clothing. Also featured: Not […]

2013: The Year of the Stink Bug?
March 2nd, 2013 - (0 Comments)

  USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory / Animals Photos / CC BY 2013 is predicted to be a record year in terms of stink bug population in the U.S. Entomologist Ames Herbert (Virginia Tech) is looking at ways to control this voracious insect, which has caused millions of dollars in crop damage. Also featured: […]

Edna the Engineer: Who Gets to be a Scientist?
February 9th, 2013 - (2 Comments)

brewbooks / Foter.com / CC BY-SA In 2009, fewer than 2% of physical science degrees—like physics and chemistry—went to African-Americans. Considering African-Americans make up 12% of the U.S. population, these numbers are shockingly low. And they’re getting even lower. In the second episode of our ongoing series about STEM education, we ask: what does a […]

Engineering Change: Why STEM Matters
January 26th, 2013 - (1 Comments)

Blue Square Thing / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA American students rank 21st out of 30 developed nations in science literacy and 25th in math literacy. To boost performance in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the White House has launched an “Educate to Innovate” campaign, and it even held the first White House Science Fair. In […]

Foraging for Cocktails
December 15th, 2012 - (2 Comments)

Christmas may conjure images of bourbon mixed in eggnog or hot buttered rum drinks, but biologist Lytton Musselman (Old Dominion University) is making his own cordials and spirits from wild roots, berries, and mushrooms. Musselman loves the distinct differences in flavor each plant brings to the liquor because, he says, “we are reminded of the […]

Jurassic Squid Ink
December 8th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

The ink’s been dry for 160 million years—but scientists have now confirmed pigment in two fossilized ink sacs from squid-like animals. John Simon (University of Virginia) examined the Jurassic ink sac from the floor of a long-gone sea in the United Kingdom. Also featured: Thousands of kids are duking it out for the title of […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: What We Now Know
November 24th, 2012 - (2 Comments)

When 62 year old Bill Wood turned to his wife at the funeral of a family member and asked, “Who are all these people?” she knew something was terribly wrong. Alzheimer’s Disease had struck the witty and dapper former newspaper editor early. His wife Carol Wood (University of Virginia) describes her daily challenges as she […]

Furious Love
September 22nd, 2012 - (0 Comments)

No Hollywood marriage has ever managed to capture the world’s interest as much as the tempestuous relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The press scrutinized their every move, and the public couldn’t seem to get enough of their volatile romance. Nancy Schoenberger (College of William and Mary) is the coauthor of Furious Love: Elizabeth […]

Hard Cider: Early America’s Drink of Choice
September 15th, 2012 - (3 Comments)

In the 18th century it was hard cider, not beer, that was the alcoholic beverage of choice. Even children often drank hard cider with breakfast and dinner because it was safer than the water. So how did this preference for hard cider disappear from the American palate? David Williams (George Mason University) investigates the demise […]

Not Just for the Birds
September 8th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

New research shows one key to curtailing West Nile disease may lie in increasing the diversity of birds. John Swaddle (College of William and Mary) says attracting a variety of birds to your back yard may actually lower your chance of getting the disease.  Also featured: Ann and Rob Simpson (Lord Fairfax Community College) are biologists […]