Science & Technology

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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Virginia Tech Research
2:36 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Rules for Flying Your Drone

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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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Part 2 of 2
4:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Looking for Extractable Rare Earths in Virginia

The elements known as ‘rare earths,’ are a relatively new addition to the periodic table. And they have changed the world, ushering in the new age of technology because of their unique properties. They allow us to make smaller and more efficient devices; everything from smart phones to wind turbines.

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Part 1 of 2
1:44 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Searching for Rare Earth Minerals

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Metals known as ‘rare earth elements” are in growing demand worldwide.  They’re vital for many of the high tech devices we all use.  China has been the major source for rare earth minerals, but recently cut its exports. This has geologists in the U.S. searching for domestic deposits. 
 

 

If the term ‘rare earths’ is not familiar to you, the high tech devices that depend on them are. From the ear buds for your cell phone, to advanced medical devices like MRIs, and new technologies such as wind turbines, magnetic refrigeration and electric cars

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