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Privacy Paradox

Sep 15, 2014

When the topic of online privacy comes up, some people say, “get over it’ it’s a thing of the past.  Others say, not so fast; there are ways to protect what privacy you have left on line. 

Take the latest iPhone coming out with all its new features.  New operating systems mean new privacy settings to be selected, some easily do-able and others harder to find or figure out.

How Plants Communicate

Aug 14, 2014
Jim Westwood

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. 

 

VaNews for 8.11.14

Aug 11, 2014

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.

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.

Boosting Biotech

Jul 10, 2014
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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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