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Go Green and Help the Air We Share

The air we breathe is one of our most precious resources. Take a deep breath. Now, let it out. Doesn’t that feel good? That oxygen in the air travels into our lungs and keeps our heart beating. Most of the time we don’t even notice! And sometimes, we actually take our air for granted! We shouldn’t. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD), the prevalence of asthma increased from 7.3% in 2001 to 8.4% in 2010, when 25.7 million people were diagnosed with asthma.

Cicada-Fest 2013

There has been a LOT of commotion over these mysterious sporadic insects. The cicada emergence of 2013 has certainly caught the attention of a lot of people on the East Coast. As the southern states wrap up their cicada invasion, the northern portions of the country begin their turn! Here’s a recap of what happened in the Virginia area and tons of awesome footage provided courtesy of Mr. Roger Harris, ecologist and environmental scientist. So what's all this cicada business about anyway?

Science Wednesdays: Ultimate Tut

Mon, 07/08/2013 - 10:04am -- WCVE

Ninety years ago in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, the greatest archaeological find in history was made: the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb and its golden treasures. It made Tutankhamen the most famous name in ancient Egyptian history. But the real story has become shrouded in myth — with many mysteries around the tomb unsolved to this day.

Watch Secrets of the Dead: Ultimate Tut July 10 at 9:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS / WHTJ PBS.

UVA Environmental Professor Mapping the World's Forests Via Biomass Satellite

The European Space Agency is set to develop a new, Earth-observing satellite that will map and monitor global forests. University of Virginia's Hank Shugart, a professor of environmental science, has been a key player in convincing the Agency to fund and develop the $525 million satellite and will be testing instruments in the forests of Gabon, West Africa.

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