Science & Technology

Government & Politics
7:01 am
Mon August 11, 2014

State Lawmakers Torn Over Sonar Testing for Oil off of VA Coast

Courtesy of Virginia Prosperity Project
Credit http://www.virginiap2.com/blog/energy-virginia-among-top-3-states-to-benefit-from-offshore-gas-and-oil-drilling

The Obama Administration recently announced it's going to allow sonar testing off Virginia's coast to see how much oil and gas is out there. Capitol Hill reporter Matt Laslo has the story on how Virginia lawmakers are divided over a change they sense coming to the moratorium on drilling off the commonwealth's coast... 

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Science & Technology
5:57 am
Mon August 11, 2014

VaNews for 8.11.14

Residents in counties around Richmond are up in arms about a plan to fertilize fields using industrial sludge and a Virginia sheriff is questioning the state's moratorium on drones. 

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.

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Arts & Culture
1:42 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

In the Long Run, Adolescent "Coolness" doesn't Always Pay Off

From the 2004 movie "Mean Girls," photo courtesy of CNN.com
Credit http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/13/showbiz/movies/mean-girls-where-are-they-now-ew/

If you think back to middle school, chances are you remember some of the cool kids - those who looked older, dated sooner, drank, and got into trouble.  They were the popular students, but a new study from the University of Virginia provides an important lesson for everyone else - the popular kids rarely stay that way. 

“They’re teen royalty!”

It’s been ten years since the movie Mean Girls showed just how hard adolescence can be - with the cool kids lording it over their classmates.  

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Science & Technology
7:14 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Neutrinos Could Monitor Iranian Nuclear Plant

Neutrinos are the second most abundant particles in the universe.  They’re invisible and seem to have little impact on our daily lives, but without them life itself, would not be possible.  Now Scientists think they may be useful for monitoring nuclear reactors, like the one in Iran.  

Physicist Enrico Fermi named the particle he had long surmised existed, neutrino Italian for ‘the little neutral one’ because, it has a neutral electrical charge.

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Generating Jobs
11:46 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Boosting Biotech

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Virginia, no longer ranked as the best state to do business, still has a strong economic footing, especially in Northern Virginia. But because the state is so heavily reliant on defense contracts which have recently been on the federal chopping block, Governor McAuliffe is looking to strengthen the state's economy through other avenues.

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