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Can Access to Nature Improve Mental Health?

Many Virginians get to enjoy the outdoors by breathing in mountain air, hiking our many trails, or hanging out near a favorite watery spot. It’s great for our bodies, a perfect opportunity to be reunited with granola snacks, and it’s even good for our mental health. This brings up a few questions. Can nature really improve mental health? And if so, how can we increase the general public’s access to green spaces? All great questions for science to answer!

Health of Honeybees Tied to Genetic Trait

John Davis is pleased as he inspects one of his hives for signs of a parasite that can wreak havoc on honeybees. “I can’t find a single mite today to save my neck, and that’s a good thing,” said the retired paper-manufacturing supervisor. He started beekeeping at age 15 when his biology teacher, who was a beekeeper, talked about bee research.  Davis and his wife live in Powhatan County, where he has 40 hives.

Gaming Used to Understand Hybrid Intelligence

Have you ever thought about what makes certain people special as a gamer? Is their mind super sharp - is that what helps them ace certain types of games? Now, think about which skills computers perform better than humans, and vice versa. What happens when you combine the two to solve problems? University of Virginia grad, Janet Rafner has found her place studying these questions at the Denmark-based research group, ScienceAtHome.

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