Researchers at the University of Virginia are participating in a massive, international experiment, to study the origins of the universe. Neutrinos, subatomic remnants of the early universe, are high-energy particles that pass at nearly the speed of light through everything- our planet and our bodies. These ghostly particles are of intense interest to physicists because they may be a key player in how the universe came to be.
We have a desire to go into space to find out what’s on other worlds and to learn more about dangers such as Cosmic radiation. Nine University of Virginia students have teamed up with NASA to send a cosmic ray experiment 23 miles into space on a giant high-altitude balloon to determine how much radiation is too much. The students have been working on the project for 2 years and the NASA balloon with payload will launch any day now.
Researchers at UVA say some football collisions are like a car crash. 88.9 WCVE’s Charles Fishburne has this Science Matters report.
Richard Kent, a Biomechanical Engineer at the University of Virginia, and his colleagues are experts in protecting the body. Their lab is examining everything in football protective gear, head to toe. Better helmets have reduced concussions 35% in two years, but Kent says that is not enough.