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The race to stay ahead of drug resistant ‘super bugs’ threatens to be a losing battle.  But a Blacksburg company is working on an innovative solution to the problem. 

Pure Genius

Apr 29, 2013
Discovery Channel

Who will become America’s next great innovator?  That’s the question the Discovery Channel is hoping to answer with a new reality show called, “The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius.” A grad student from Virginia Tech is one of ten people chosen after they sent video applications to the producers.

Amy Elliot, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech is one of two women selected from thousands of applicants around the country. The Discovery Channel’s new reality TV show combines the drama of competition with the world of science, technology and engineering.

Golf by the Numbers

Apr 12, 2013

As the 2013 Masters Golf Tournament continues in Augusta, Georgia, a Roanoke College Professor of Mathematics says math is the most important skill for pros to duffers.

Ronald Minton is the author of the book, "Golf by the Numbers: How Stats, Math and Physics Affect Your Game." 

 Audio FileTab O'Neal talks with Roland Minton about math and the game of golf, from course to gear.Edit | Remove


 

Cyber Teachers

Mar 28, 2013
Virginia State University

Most educators agree that kids learn best when teachers tailor their approach, working one-on-one with students, but it’s too expensive for every child to have his or her own teacher. 

Now, however, a Virginia psychologist is hoping to create a computer that can teach individualized lessons, adjusting speed and content based on a student’s face.  

Could we create talking, thinking robots to work in our classrooms – providing individualized instruction?  Could a computer be taught to tell when a student is losing focus or getting confused?

Archiving the Internet

Mar 20, 2013

If you’ve been saving photos, notes and videos to your favorite social media sites and are counting on them to be there indefinitely, think again.....the Web may not the best place for storing the record of your life.
 

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