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.
Science on the Radio
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.
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.
The Science Museum of Virginia puts “Science Within Reach” for underserved youth across the Commonwealth. As part of their outreach program and mission to “Inspire Virginians to enrich their lives through science,” the Museum hosts week-long summer camps for youth in the Richmond area.
A STEM Camp in Goochland County attracted a lot of students recently who wanted to learn about chocolate. 88.9 WCVE’s John Ogle has more on the thermodynamic reactions in chocolate and the polymorphism of cocoa butter crystals in this Science Matters report.
After Pluto, NASA’s next major project is putting people on Mars. The first people on Mars will owe a debt to an elite group of researchers at Langley’s Think Tank full of dreamers called the Systems Analysis Concept Directorate (SACD).