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  • Beyond the Known

    From brilliant young polymath Andrew Rader — an MIT-credentialed scientist, popular podcast host, and mission manager — an illuminating chronicle of exploration that spotlights humans’ insatiable desire to continually push into new and uncharted territory, from civilization’s earliest days to current planning for interstellar travel.

  • Up, Up and Away: Civil War Ballooning in Hampton Roads

    • Civil War
    • Hampton Roads History
    • Military Conflict
    • Technology

    The Civil War introduced many new technologies to achieve victory in a total war.

  • Expending USS Monitor’s condenser

    • Civil War
    • Conservation
    • Cultural Heritage
    • Hampton Roads History
    • Technology
    • USS Monitor

    In order to conserve these complex pieces of machinery, a large part of our job is to disassemble them. This allows for appropriate treatment of the different materials.

  • A Toy’s Surprising Maritime Connection

    • Collections
    • Technology

    As it turns out, Slinkys have ended up on military ships, private yachts and possibly even in the children’s nurseries on cruise ships. And the Slinky has another surprising maritime connection.

  • A ‘Portable Hole in the Sea’

    • Collections
    • Shipbuilding
    • Technology

    Hampton Roads is a pretty amazing place. Besides being one of the most important ports on the East Coast, it’s also been a cradle for innovation.

  • The Bronze Door Society Paves the Way for New Possibilities at the Museum!

    • Conservation
    • Science
    • Technology

    The new Zeiss Axioscope 5 will allow conservators and scientists to view samples at high magnification with polarized light, darkfield and brightfield illumination, and ultraviolet visible fluorescence. These analytical features, in conjunction with our new workstation, camera, and imaging software, will allow us to view, capture, and share information that we previously could not attain in-house.

  • World Water Day – Monitoring the Water Quality of Mariners’ Lake

    • Conservation
    • Environmental Conservation
    • Mariners' Park
    • Science
    • Technology

    On a day dedicated to the sustainable use of water, we thought we would talk about our efforts to monitor and conserve our waterway, Mariners’ Lake.

  • I-Arghhhh: The Use of an Infrared (IR) Camera in Conservation

    • Conservation
    • Photography
    • Science
    • Technology

    Last month, Dr. Molly McGath and I unveiled conservation’s infrared camera to the public during the ‘Be My Mariner’ event. Visitors created Valentines for their special someones, and included a ‘secret’ message that only our IR camera could reveal.

  • The Bronze Door Society Saves the Day!

    • Conservation
    • Science
    • Technology

    I placed my samples in the IC autosampler, started the run and left to do my research in the wet-lab. An hour later I came to check on the IC, and it had stopped working. . .

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