Science & Technology

Parasitic Science
3:55 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

How Plants Communicate

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Your garden may be a peaceful spot, but there’s a lot of chatter going on in those plant beds, even though it’s out of humans’ earshot.  Scientists know that plants actually communicate.  Now, at Virginia Tech, they’re finding out more about how they do it. 

 

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Science & Technology
5:57 am
Mon August 11, 2014

VaNews for 8.11.14

Residents in counties around Richmond are up in arms about a plan to fertilize fields using industrial sludge and a Virginia sheriff is questioning the state's moratorium on drones. 

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.

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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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Credit Vince LoPresti/Flickr via NPR

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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