Union and Confederate soldiers faced a common enemy: disease. Typhoid, measles, diarrhea and pneumonia were among the most common, but the most feared was smallpox. “Smallpox was a devastating disease. On average, three out of every 10 people who got it died,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes.
Recently, the Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) Research Symposium took place at Virginia Commonwealth University. For three days, eight hundred of Virginia's middle and high school students with a passion for science came together to share their research with their peers and to be judged by experts.
Because of its geology, Central Virginia was the site of the first commercial coal mining in North America.
The James River Coal basin, a football shaped area 55 miles long and 12 to 17 miles wide, runs from Amelia County to Hanover County, according to Peppy Jones.
The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks this year on the morning of Saturday, April 22nd, as Earth passes through a stream of dusty debris trailing Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1). Comet Thatcher last visited the inner solar system in 1861, and isn’t expected to return until the year 2276. The “inner solar system” is the region between the Sun and Mars.