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Managing the Hacks

Jan 12, 2015

Recent cyber attacks have gotten the attention of everyone from the public to the president. Transcending national barriers and international law, hacking was once thought of as a prank – perpetrated by bright students with too much time on their hands.  Experts at Virginia Tech say it’s grown into a chronic problem that will need to be continuously “managed” rather than “solved.”  

I’m visiting the I.T. security office at Virginia Tech in person. But there’s a large screen that shows red dots where virtual visitors are connecting in real time to computers here.

The Kitchen of the Future

Dec 18, 2014

The future is calling and it’s asking for a new kitchen.  A team at Virginia Tech is answering, with a plan for a ‘smart kitchen’ that makes full use of technology. 

It’s been talked about for decades:  A kitchen of the proverbial future that does the work for you. Here’s the late actor, Burgess Meredith, reading from a short story by the, also late, science fiction writer, Ray Bradbury. It’s called, “And There Will Come Soft Rains,’ and it was published in 1950.

Virginia Public Access Project

A farmer who lives near the NASA launch site on Virginia's Eastern shore has some safety concerns after a rocket exploded there a few weeks ago...and a new company is cleaning up waste coal in Southwest Virginia and selling it as fuel. 

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

    

It's billed as a party where science is the guest of honor… this Saturday, the Virginia Science Festival kicks off its week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, math – and everything in between. Hundreds of events and demonstrations are scheduled in locations all over the commonwealth – from a “brain scavenger hunt” in Alexandria to “rat basketball” in Richmond. 

 

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.

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