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Virginia students improve in reading, math, science on 2015-2016 SOLs

The percentage of students achieving at the proficient or advanced level on SOLs in reading, mathematics and science increased by one-point statewide.

Ear stones provide clues to researchers studying migratory habits of Amazonian fish species

Four researchers published a study that reports on the use of chemical analysis of ear stones as a way to tease out a fish’s life story.

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Wayne Theatre science lecture looks at life after mass extinction

The Wayne Theatre’s monthly science lecture “Life after Mass Extinction: Reptile Evolution after the Dinosaurs” is offered on Tuesday, April 12.

Virginia Tech alum on team to record sound of colliding black holes

Scientists have recorded the sound of two black holes colliding, a blockbuster moment in the science community that proves Albert Einstein’s century-old theory of relativity.

Virginia Tech scientists discover way to track, stop human, agricultural viruses

A Virginia Tech scientist has found a way to not only track viral hijackers, but also potentially stop them from replicating.

Governor McAuliffe announces Virginia’s Outstanding STEM Awards

Governor Terry McAuliffe and Science Museum of Virginia Chief Wonder Officer Richard C. Conti announced the 2016 Outstanding STEM Awards recipients.

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UVA discovery among 2015’s biggest, say Scientific American, Science

A discovery about the human brain made at the UVA School of Medicine is being hailed as one of 2015’s scientific breakthroughs by numerous year-end lists.

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UVA brain discovery named finalist for Science’s Breakthrough of the Year

A major discovery about the human brain made at the UVA School of Medicine has been named a finalist for Breakthrough of the Year by Science.

Computational thinking will help students become better scientists

A team of researchers led by a Virginia Tech faculty member has received $1.25 million from the National Science Foundation to introduce computational approaches to help students learn chemistry in an environment that encourages scientific discussion.

Virginia Tech researchers take cue from spider glue in efforts to create new materials

A taut tug on the line signals the arrival of dinner, and the leggy spider dashes across the web to find a tasty squirming insect. The spider, known as an orb weaver, must perfectly execute this moment, from a lightning-fast reaction to an artfully spun web glistening with sticky glue.

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Free science talk at JMU to focus on dark matter, dark energy

Dr. Ted Bunn from the University of Richmond will discuss dark matter and dark energy at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 at James Madison University.

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UVA astronomers track stars in our galaxy as they change orbit

Right now, in a galaxy right here, stars are changing their orbits. Scientists from the University of Virginia and other schools, working with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, have created a new map of the Milky Way and determined that 30 percent of stars have dramatically changed their orbits.

Virginia Tech scientists work to help save the Amazon rainforest and its biodiversity

The Amazon Basin’s vast tropical rainforests, rivers, and soils are rich ecosystems vital to the basic functioning of the planet. They churn moisture into the atmosphere, sequester global carbon, regulate climate patterns, and house much of the world’s biodiversity.

Missing link found between brain, immune system: With major disease implications

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist.

Scientists find that saline solution composition can affect cardiac response differently

Saline solution is a staple of every hospital. No matter the ailment, doctors have known for more than a century that saline is key to keeping patients hydrated and maintaining their blood pressure levels.

Gear up for bikes: Science on two wheels

The Science Museum of Virginia opened Bikes: Science on Two Wheels on Saturday. Get into gear with hands-on exhibits as you explore energy, force and motion, aerodynamics and engineering. Put on the brakes to take a closer look at the materials that make a bike – from rubber and alloy to foam and plastic.

Letter writer gets it wrong on climate change questions

Pete Kuntz’s letter smearing Tom Harris repeated the false Greenpeace accusation that astrophysicist Willie Soon“got caught secretly taking over a million dollars from oil corporations for his climate science denial services and lying about it.” Dead wrong.


VCU researchers identify functions in the determination of height for a gene expressed in sperm

An interdisciplinary research team led by the deans of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Schools of Medicine and Engineering has for the first time explained the association between human height and a specific protein-coding gene that is found in sperm.

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Nearly indestructible virus yields tool to battle diseases

By unlocking the secrets of a bizarre virus that survives in nearly boiling acid, scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have found a blueprint for battling human disease using DNA clad in near-indestructible armor.

Virginia Tech bat research could make for better submarines, drones

The U.S. Navy has found that it pays to listen to Rolf Mueller carry on about his bat research. From unmanned aerial systems to undersea communications, practical applications flow from the team headed by Mueller, an associate professor of mechanical engineering.

Virginia Tech scientists to examine antibiotic resistance in food chain from farm to fork

Growing evidence suggests that agricultural practices, especially widespread antibiotic use, could be contributing to the increasing antibiotic resistance problem in humans.

Scientists embark on expedition to Antarctica to study temperature effects on the brain

A team of scientists with the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute will travel to Antarctica to find out, for the first time, how rising temperatures affect the brains and hearts of the icefish – and what it means for the rest of the world.

Successful ecological restoration must meet more robust standards

In a succession of international agreements, most recently the 2014 U.N. Climate Summit, governments worldwide have pledged to restore degraded ecosystems to address climate change.

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Multiple sclerosis: Scientists ID cause of movement, balance problems

New research into the causes of the excessive inflammation that drives multiple sclerosis has identified a faulty “brake” within immune cells, a brake that should be controlling the inflammation.

UVA researchers aim to sneak some science into elementary school reading lessons

Mandated literacy and mathematics instruction is carving out larger and larger portions of instructional time in elementary school classrooms, often at the expense of other topics, including science.