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VaNews for 8.11.14

Aug 11, 2014

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.

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.  

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.

Boosting Biotech

Jul 10, 2014
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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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With all the talk about drones, you’d think the industry was ready to take off. But not until the Federal Aviation Administration determines safety rules for commercial U.S airspace.  And that could be more than 2 years away.  Meantime, that means no flying commercial drones without a special permit.

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