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Start-up in Charlottesville Creates Product to Tackle Worldwide Water Contamination

A small, start-up company in Charlottesville is set to tackle the problem of contaminated water worldwide, with a small, silver-infused ceramic pill--the MadiDrop. This new University of Virginia-inspired public benefit company with a global health mission has opened administrative offices and a small production facility in Charlottesville.

History and Preservation of Mid-Lothian Mines

The remarkable remains of the beginnings of “America’s Industrial Might” still stand tall, deep in the woods in Chesterfield County. Chesterfield County was the coal capitol of the country, shipping coal all over the colonies from mine shafts sometimes 700 feet deep like this one - the Mid-Lothian Mine. One of the first major industrial sites in the United States became a 44-acre preserve when Mid-Lothian Mines Park opened in 2004.

U.VA Physicists Participate in International Experiment to Study Origins of the Universe

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.

UVA Spacecraft Design Team to Launch Payload Aboard NASA Scientific Balloon

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.  

UVA Researchers Finding Ways to Make Football Safer

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.


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