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NOAA's Newest Smart Buoy Deployed in the York River

Jul 20, 2016

Scientists, anglers, weather watchers and boaters just got a boost yesterday when a NOAA Chesapeake Bay smart buoy was deployed at the mouth of the York River.

It’s been more than a century since horseless carriages started revolutionizing transportation across America. Now driverless cars are about to reshape the American landscape, and a new report from George Mason University says Virginia is poised to become a leader in the industry. Detroit has been the home of automakers for more than one hundred years. Silicon Valley has the lock on the high tech sector, however, but a new report from George Mason University says Northern Virginia has the...

Time For a New Battery; Safer and Longer Lasting

Mar 31, 2016

When the first modern battery was invented in 1800, it paved the way for portable electric power. But for today’s modern technology, conventional batteries are something of a roadblock. From electric cars, to solar panels, to high-tech toys that catch fire, scientists are working to make safer, lighter and longer lasting batteries. Soon new kind of battery being developed at Virginia Tech might be the answer to these problems. Today’s high tech lithium batteries contain liquids. But when...

Pamela D'Angelo

Five economically distressed regions of Virginia are being given grants to stimulate job growth. Maurice Jones, Virginia's secretary of commerce, traveled to the Northern Neck Friday to personally hand over a $70,000 check for a new center to help bring technology jobs back to the U.S. Virginia's employment rates are breaking state records but Secretary Jones warned about two risks. “We still are overly dependent on the government sector for our engine of growth. The Defense Department is the...

Did you ever wonder why dogs seem to splash water when they drink from their water bowls, but cats leave hardly a trace? Well, now we know why. Some scientists at Virginia Tech took a closer look at how cats and dogs drink. Dogs and cats are like the book ends of the pet world, but even though they have a lot in common, pet owners know they’re very different creatures. It’s subtleties that set them apart. Scientists say because both species have no real cheeks to create suction when drinking,...

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