Science & Technology

Solar Energy Woes
7:28 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Virginia Hoping to Catch Up When It Comes to Solar Power

It’s no surprise that California and Arizona top the list of states installing solar power, but Virginia’s neighbors - Maryland and North Carolina - are in the top ten.   Critics say Virginia is a “dark spot” on the map because government policies don’t promote green energy.  Now, however, the state legislature has approved a bill that will bring down one barrier to solar power.  

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Clean Energy Partnerships
4:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Charging Up Innovation

A power-supply (front) on a chip prototype developed at Virginia Tech is 10 times smaller than today's commercial technology. The smaller size and improved efficiency of wide bandgap devices promises significant energy savings.
Credit Christina O'Connor.

Virginia Tech is one of seven partners selected for a nationwide push to create manufacturing hubs, which President Barak Obama mentioned in his state of the Union Address this week. 

Tech just found out it was selected for the government/ private sector partnership for the President’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, headquartered at North Carolina State University.

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White Hats Search for Security Risks
10:07 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Riding the Cyber Range

Karsten Nohl, Security Research Labs

After about 20 hacking cases last year, including those credit card breaches at Target and other retailers, the FBI has issued new warnings to retailers and consumers to expect more cyber attacks. 

In the new cyber security world, those who work to fight cyber crime are called 'white hats.'

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STEM Shortage Myth?
4:36 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

STEM Jobs: Science, Technology Engineering & Math

Credit US Army Corps of Engineers

You’ve probably heard that the nation trains too few scientists, mathematicians, engineers or computer techs to compete with China or India.  Our schools are buzzing about that, and government is pouring money into teacher training, but experts are beginning to question the claim and to worry about a surplus.

 

2013 was a good year for Time-Warner Cable. Third quarter profits exceeded estimates and revenue from high-speed Internet customers was up 14%, but company executives claim they’re worried about the future.  

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Future Astronaut
12:52 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Springboard to Space

Credit Miriam Kramer/SPACE.com

Parents and grandparents may anguish over the amount of time kids spend playing video games or watching videos on YouTube, but a University of Virginia student offers reassurance. 

21-year-old Patrick Carney decided to take some time off from college to focus on YouTube.  It’s not the kind of news that would thrill many parents, but Carney had a plan.  He launched one of the fastest growing YouTube channels, devoted to a popular video game called Clash of Clans.

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