One day after the first Ebola death in this country, UVA researchers say they have mapped a critical protein that could help find an effective treatment. Now, researchers are pouring over 40 thousand compounds to see which might be effective in neutralizing this protein, which has never before been discovered. It is a first step in finding a treatment for the virus which has already killed 3,800 people this year.
Articles by Charles Fishburne
NASA research into unmanned aerial systems (UAS) - also known as drones - could help detect and prevent multi-million dollar fires at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge on the Virginia-North Carolina border.
Virginia’s Republican Congressmen may ask the Supreme Court to review this week’s ruling by a three-judge panel that could jeopardize their jobs. John Gore, a Washington attorney representing the eight Republicans, said yesterday an appeal to the Supreme Court is being considered and a decision on whether to appeal is “imminent.”
Stone Brewing apparently has chosen Richmond for its new major east-coast brewery. Governor McAuliffe is scheduled to make an economic development announcement today at the mansion, where he has already installed a kegerator filled with Stone Brewing beer as part of a major push to land the San-Diego based company’s brewery and eventually a restaurant and retail area, apparently at the Greater Fulton neighborhood site the city has been preparing for months. The Richmond Times-Dispatch cites several sources, though Stone Brewing has not yet confirmed it.
In 2011, Richmonders could see smoke from a fire at the Great Dismal swamp 100 miles away. Kathy Barnsdorf at NASA Langley says they have just developed a drone, to spot those fires early, when they can be easily stopped. The drone was the brainchild of a NASA researcher who lives near the Dismal Swamp. The drone, and several more like it, is army surplus. It is simple to operate, cheap to fly, and may soon be turned over to the US Fish and Wildlife Service to help in their aerial surveillance of the Great Dismal Swamp.
A panel of federal judges yesterday declared Virginia’s congressional maps unconstitutional because they concentrate African-American voters into a single district at the expense of their influence elsewhere. Three federal judges ruled 2-1 yesterday (10/8) that the lines of the state's 3rd Congressional District were drawn in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The panel of judges allowed next month's election to proceed under the existing district lines, but ordered the General Assembly to redraw them by April 1, in time for the next congressional election in 2016.
Charles Fishburne reports on Ashland’s long history with trains and an inn along the tracks that’s up for auction.
A Wason Poll released early this morning (October 7) shows Democrat Mark Warner still with a commanding lead over Ed Gillespie, but the Republican Challenger in the U.S. Senate race is gaining ground. The poll shows Warner with 51%, Gillespie with 39%.
The Christopher Newport University Wason Center Poll was conducted September 29th Through October 5th, with 839 phone calls and a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5%.
A report from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the benefits of cleaning up the bay are four-times greater than the cost. In this first-time-ever study, financed by the foundation, bay cleanup will bring in 130 billion a year in economic benefits when the effort is fully funded.
Ann Jennings, Ex Director of the Virginia Chesdapeake Bay Foundation, says the General Assembly needs to fund 50 million per year for cleanup of municipal wastes and another 50 million for farmers to help pay for cleanup projects and concedes money is tight, but the payoff is worth it.
The Navy says self-guided boats that are capable of swarming and destroying potential threats are becoming a reality. It is the nautical equivalent of aircraft drones and the tests are conducted in the James River in Southeast Virginia. The Navy says it has successfully demonstrated the autonomous swarm boat technology, with as many as 13 unmanned Navy boats escorting a high-value Navy ship, with some of those automatically swarming around a simulated threat.