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Early Match Making Was A Dangerous Business

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.

Question Your World: What Science Milestones Took Place In 2016?

As the year comes to a close we tend to look back at all the amazing things that took place in the year. 2016 is no exception to that rule. There were a myriad of awesome moments this year for the world of science. Let’s close out this year by asking the big wrap-up question: What science milestones took place in 2016? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.

Question Your World: How Does Running Impact the Brain?

As we begin to wrap up the year a lot of people start making resolutions for the upcoming new year. One of the most popular new year’s resolutions is to get in shape by running more. We already know that running has noticeable impacts on the cardio and muscular functions of our body, but how does running impact the brain? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to learn more.

Pain Relief Fit For The Queen: Anesthesia Comes Of Age

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.

Question Your World: Can the Duck-Billed Platypus Help Fight Diabetes?

Occasionally science gets to experience some pretty bizarre discoveries. In the past we’ve made strange discoveries in medicine like finding penicillin in caves, for example. Similarly, medical scientists recently found a very interesting new lead on fighting type 2 diabetes from the land down under. No, it does not involve a cave this time, but instead an animal.

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