Recent Articles by

Fariss Samarrai

December 06, 2007
Dec. 6, 2007 — The next public night at McCormick Observatory is Friday, Dec. 7, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and University of Virginia associate professor of astronomy Ed Murphy says that there will be plenty to see throughout the rest of December and in January.
December 03, 2007
Dec. 3, 2007 — It's not too late to plan for flu season. If you have not yet visited a doctor's office or health clinic for a dose of flu vaccine, there is still time to do so. Flu season has begun, but its peak usually occurs later in the winter and sometimes well into spring.
November 15, 2007
Nov. 15, 2007 — When habitat changes, animals migrate. But how do immobile organisms like plants cope when faced with alterations to their environment? This is an increasingly important question in light of new environmental conditions brought on by global climate change.
November 15, 2007
Nov. 15, 2007 — The annual Leonid meteor shower will peak early Sunday morning, Nov. 18. This reliable, but sparse, annual shower usually produces about five to 15 meteors per hour under dark skies.
November 12, 2007
Nov. 12, 2007 — Chemists at the University of Virginia have prepared the first uranium methylidyne molecule ever reported, despite the reactivity of uranium atoms with other molecules. This new molecule is a hydrocarbon containing a uranium-carbon triple-bond. 
November 12, 2007
Nov. 12, 2007 — A new study by University of Virginia clinical psychologists has found that teens who have sex at an early age may be less inclined to exhibit delinquent behavior in early adulthood than their peers who waited until they were older to have sex.
November 11, 2007
Nov. 9, 2007 — Scientists at the University of Virginia have discovered a new class of hydrogen storage materials that could make the storage and transportation of energy much more efficient — and affordable — through higher-performing hydrogen fuel cells.
October 18, 2007
October 18, 2007— Are you happy? Well don't try to be happier; you might become less happy. That is the gist of a multi-cultural study published this month in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
October 16, 2007
Oct. 15, 2007 — The ability to ramp up testosterone production appears to drive male dark-eyed juncos to find and win mates, but it comes with an evolutionary cost. Big fluctuations in testosterone may also cause males to lose interest in parenting their own young, scientists have learned.
October 14, 2007
Oct. 14, 2007 -- During the course of a year, Jerry Stenger, a research scientist in U.Va.’s climatology office, answers a lot of questions about weather and climate in Virginia.