It's billed as a party where science is the guest of honor… this Saturday, the Virginia Science Festival kicks off its week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, math – and everything in between. Hundreds of events and demonstrations are scheduled in locations all over the commonwealth – from a “brain scavenger hunt” in Alexandria to “rat basketball” in Richmond.
Your garden may be a peaceful spot, but there’s a lot of chatter going on in those plant beds, even though it’s out of humans’ earshot. Scientists know that plants actually communicate. Now, at Virginia Tech, they’re finding out more about how they do it.
Neutrinos are the second most abundant particles in the universe. They’re invisible and seem to have little impact on our daily lives, but without them life itself, would not be possible. Now Scientists think they may be useful for monitoring nuclear reactors, like the one in Iran.
Physicist Enrico Fermi named the particle he had long surmised existed, neutrino Italian for ‘the little neutral one’ because, it has a neutral electrical charge.