Science & Technology

Emerging Industry
4:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Modeling & Simulation

Many pilots learned how to fly and surgeons how to make incisions by engaging in some type of “modeling and simulation” program developed by a group of engineers.

But while “modeling and simulation” is now becoming its own profession, in Virginia few schools provide a course of study needed to train and retain these specialized engineers.
 

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Virginia Tech Research
5:15 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Sensor Equipped Construction Helmet Can Detect Carbon Monoxide

Researchers at Virginia Tech have come up with a plan for a new kind of helmet for construction workers that can monitor their exposure to carbon monoxide and warn them before it becomes dangerous. 

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning kills hundreds of Americans each year and sends thousands more to the hospital.  Construction workers face an especially high risk because they often work in enclosed spaces where exhaust from gasoline-powered hand tools can build up fast. 

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Birthplace of Robert E. Lee
10:05 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Ancient Whale Skull Found in Virginia

Stratford Hall's Jon Bachman walks the cliffs near the dig.

The recent discovery of a prehistoric whale skeleton along the shore of the Potomac River may help scientists understand life and climate change millions of years ago during the Miocene Epoch. The dig lies 150 feet below ancient cliffs at Virginia's Stratford Hall, the birthplace of General Robert E. Lee.

Wading along this pristine shoreline, over fallen trees and under ancient cliffs Jon Bachman, who works at Stratford Hall was with a group of scientists in June when he found the 15 million-year-old whale skull.

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Science & Technology
4:00 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Bugbook Historical Computer Museum

One of Apple's first computers became the highest priced item ever sold in a Christie's online-only auction this month.  The Apple “I” from the batch made in Steve Jobs’ famous garage, went for nearly $400,000.

Dave Larsen has an 800 foot  storefront in downtown Floyd where he displays only a tiny fraction of his collection of historic computers.  He says it’s one particular period that captivates most collectors; 1971 to 1981 when the first personal computers were being developed. 

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Science & Technology
1:54 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Smarter Phones Get Smarter

Cell phones seem to be everywhere, but they’re not always easy for everyone to use. An industrial design class at Virginia Tech invented a very smart, smartphone designed for people missing a limb… and everyone else.  

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