The match business was booming at the turn of the 20th century when a match factory opened in Chesterfield County. The American Match Manufacturing Company started its Coalboro plant in 1903 near what today is Pocahontas State Park, according to Ken Shiflett, whose hobby is researching Chesterfield County history. The plant, which operated for 7 years, made its own matchsticks from trees grown on the property and received raw materials and shipped matches using a rail spur next to the plant.
Articles by Frank Gilmore
Labor pain is a great equalizer. Queen Victoria suffered during childbirth, just like her subjects. Prince Albert had heard about chloroform easing the pain of childbirth and he asked about using it during the birth of their seventh child, Arthur, in 1850. The Queen’s three doctors advised against it, as did many doctors at that time. They considered using anesthetic during labor dangerous and an act against nature and God.
In May 1883, the volcano on the tiny, uninhabited island Krakatoa, in what today is Indonesia, showed signs of activity. By summer, loud noises and glowing clouds were reported. On August 26, the volcano began to erupt, and the next day it exploded in one of the deadliest volcanic eruptions in modern history.
Fear is a common reaction and may have a simple explanation. But some fears -- especially in children -- are complex, and the reasons are not always obvious. Children often fear dogs, the dark, school and costumed characters such as clowns or Santa Claus or even Mr. Peanut. Halloween can be a particularly frightening time for some children. “Children think that if it can happen, it will,” according to Joseph Crowley, Ph. D., a clinical child psychologist in Richmond. “They think differently than adults so they react differently.”
Winemaking requires a delicate balance of agriculture, biology and chemistry. Physics and engineering also have roles in producing good bottles of wine.
Wine is the fermented juice of grapes or other fruits. Grapes contain two types of sugar, glucose and fructose, and other chemicals like tartaric acid, malic acid and amino acids. This gives grapes the right balance of chemicals to help preserve the wine and make it taste good.
Technology allows people who are blind to do just about anything they want, according to Peggy Fields, Ph.D., Program Director for Rehabilitation Technology Services with the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI).
“I would have trouble imagining many jobs that a blind person, given the right technology and training, couldn’t do,” she said. What about driving a truck, she was asked? “Well, they’'re already testing self-driving cars.”
About one fourth of all intravenous (IV) treatments leak medicine into body tissue, according to Gary Warren, CEO of a small Hampton medical research and development company, ivWatch. Many IV drugs are caustic and, if they leak, can cause pain and tissue damage for patients, problems Warren experienced first hand.
Electronics are a way of life for most people. Some remember gathering around a crackling radio filled with vacuum tubes or squinting at a black-and-white television set. Today, electronics bring us computers, video games, smart phones and high- definition TV. A new field called spintronics has emerged from the laboratory.