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Improving Cancer Therapy Research

Decades ago, all cancer patients were treated with similar drugs. Scientists now understand that cancers which originate in various parts of the body are more affected by certain drugs than others. As we gained a better understanding about the biology…

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Why a Space Telescope Is Such a Big Deal!

Like kids, scientists ask a lot of questions. Take, for example, “Where did I come from?” That’s one of humanity’s most common questions, and it’s asked by everyone from children to pyschologists to biologists. Astronomers, too, are asking that question,…

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The Benefits of Urban Agriculture

The pandemic has revealed how fragile food access can be. Large-scale agricultural operations, small farms, and family farms have been affected, supply chains have been interrupted, and for a time, grocery store employees were considered frontline workers. Many Virginians had…

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What’s the Deal with Music Streaming?

Music streaming services offer millions of music tracks across a myriad of genres. Technology devices can now stream thousands of vinyl records, CDs, and cassette tapes. Gone are the hours of listening to the radio, hoping to hear your favorite…

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Air Quality and Community Science

Updated Tuesday, September 21 The Science Museum of Virginia will host two virtual town halls to discuss the results of the local air quality study. The events are scheduled for Wednesday, September 22 and Wednesday, September 29, from 6:30 to…

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Try Gifting Outside the Box!

My mom was an avid reader and instilled in me a love for books from the start, literally. She got my name, Timshel, from John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. Not only do I adore reading, but I worked at a…

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Everyday STEM for the Family!

During these challenging times, the traditional educational model has been turned on its head, and many parents are thinking about what they can do to supplement their child’s education. Whether that education is virtual, in person, or a mix of…

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Virginia’s Hurricane History

Hurricanes used to sneak up on us. Although some sailors and weather watchers could tell when storms were getting close, for the most part, they were a surprise. Because of that, hurricanes (with maximum sustained surface winds of 74 mph…

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5 Science Terms to Know Now

The spread of COVID-19 has turned our daily lives upside down, leaving us with a terrible feeling of uncertainty – made worse by misinformation that seems to spread even faster than the virus. Explaining social distancing and stay-at-home orders to…

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