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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Reaching (and Reaching and Reaching) for the Stars

After a stream of rejections, Paul Bogard's book about light pollution, The End of Night, finally got published and got lots of praise. 

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Main Street Community Partnership
4:02 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Charlottesville Listener on NPR

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria's car moments before the fatal shooting which triggered the Great War. Image credit: Wikipedia Commons upload by user Küñall

Congrats to Heather McMann for an appearance on "All Things Considered" on Thursday, March 13, 2014. She was the first listener quoted by NPR (and the first one broadcast in her own voice) in Part IV of the series speculating about what would have happened if World War One had never happened.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Pet Loss

Whether they have four legs, feathers, or slither along on their bellies, pets can be an important part of anyone’s family. So how do you cope when they leave?

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Virginia Insight
5:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Reaching for Starry Nights

United States of America at night - a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012
NASA

Across the industrialized world, "Light Pollution," has become such a big concern that some countries now ask their citizens to take one day out of the year to focus on the problem.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Who Needs Real Birds?

A beautiful and disturbing new children's book set in the year 2031 by visual artist Kate Samworth raises awareness of species extinction. 

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Hospitals + Poverty = ?

Virginia Mason Hospital and Pavilions

Are Virginia hospitals in jeopardy?

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Getting at Fact through Fiction

Sometimes the most effective route to the truth is through fiction.

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The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Geek Gods vs Loose Screws?

Mechano Crab by Gakken photographed by Wikipedia Commons user PlusMinus

Western Albemarle High school has a powerhouse robotics club for students who enjoy designing and fabricating machines that can do things. This club has spawned two teams (The Geeks Gods and the Loose Screws) that are set to compete in their third consecutive Virginia state robotics championship. 

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Nearing Session’s End?

For sixty straight days most of Virginia’s state lawmakers race from sun up to well after sundown, struggling to finish all that needs taking care of in the Commonwealth’s part-time legislature.

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Virginia Insight
4:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

An Update on Alzheimer's

"Am I going to get it?" "What can I do to prevent getting it?" "How can we help someone who has it?"

Alzheimer’s experts says those are among the most frequent questions they get from the general public.

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