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Post archive for ‘Science’

Jurassic Squid Ink
December 8th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

The ink’s been dry for 160 million years—but scientists have now confirmed pigment in two fossilized ink sacs from squid-like animals. John Simon (University of Virginia) examined the Jurassic ink sac from the floor of a long-gone sea in the United Kingdom. Also featured: Thousands of kids are duking it out for the title of […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: What We Now Know
November 24th, 2012 - (2 Comments)

When 62 year old Bill Wood turned to his wife at the funeral of a family member and asked, “Who are all these people?” she knew something was terribly wrong. Alzheimer’s Disease had struck the witty and dapper former newspaper editor early. His wife Carol Wood (University of Virginia) describes her daily challenges as she […]

Furious Love
September 22nd, 2012 - (0 Comments)

No Hollywood marriage has ever managed to capture the world’s interest as much as the tempestuous relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The press scrutinized their every move, and the public couldn’t seem to get enough of their volatile romance. Nancy Schoenberger (College of William and Mary) is the coauthor of Furious Love: Elizabeth […]

Hard Cider: Early America’s Drink of Choice
September 15th, 2012 - (3 Comments)

In the 18th century it was hard cider, not beer, that was the alcoholic beverage of choice. Even children often drank hard cider with breakfast and dinner because it was safer than the water. So how did this preference for hard cider disappear from the American palate? David Williams (George Mason University) investigates the demise […]

Not Just for the Birds
September 8th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

New research shows one key to curtailing West Nile disease may lie in increasing the diversity of birds. John Swaddle (College of William and Mary) says attracting a variety of birds to your back yard may actually lower your chance of getting the disease.  Also featured: Ann and Rob Simpson (Lord Fairfax Community College) are biologists […]

Sea Ice and Sunlight
August 11th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

In recent years, sea ice in the Arctic has been melting at an alarming rate. Scientists fear that Arctic shrinkage could contribute to rising sea levels worldwide. Oceanographer Victoria Hill (Old Dominion University) was one of five scientists who spent six weeks in the barren, frozen landscape, where temperatures fall to -40F. What she found […]

Healing with Music
August 4th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

For teenagers dealing with substance abuse issues, talking about what they’re feeling can be a challenge. So music therapist Jim Borling (Radford University) uses rock and metal music to help them externalize their internal struggles. It may not sound like medicine, but Jim says music therapy is a powerful healing practice. Also featured: John Adam […]

My Saints Alive
July 7th, 2012 - (2 Comments)

When John Thomas (University of Virginia) met his wife Susan, he knew she was “the one.” But sadly, Susan died of breast cancer. Then, after intense grief over his loss, something amazing happened. John fell in love again. But tragically, he learned Barb, the woman who would be his second wife, was diagnosed with breast […]

Finding Health Care in Appalachia
June 23rd, 2012 - (0 Comments)

Access to health care is still a major challenge for many Americans, even with the recent government overhaul.  In Appalachia, access can be even more limited.  With the nearest  health specialists sometimes hundreds of miles away, many people rely on free clinics for their medical, dental, and vision needs.  Thousands travel to Wise, Virginia each year for a weekend of teeth […]

Mental Calisthenics for Teenagers
June 9th, 2012 - (1 Comments)

Until recently, most researchers believed the brain stopped developing cognitive ability after a certain age. But a new study by Oliver Hill (Virginia State University) suggests otherwise. Hill is wrapping up a study of inner city teenagers who have received a long course of what he calls “mental calisthenics.” The before and after brain images […]