Science & Technology

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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FAA Announces Six Test Sites
4:44 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Virginia Tech Selected as Drone Research Site

Credit Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is one of six sites that will test drones as part of push to integrate them into the nation’s airspace in the next few years.  

 

The Federal Aviation Administration selected 6 public entities to test unmanned aerial vehicles, known as drones. Virginia Tech will look at safety, from technical risks, to other potential failures in the remotely piloted planes.

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Science & Technology
1:56 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

A New Take on Sex

Birds do it.  Bees do it.  No…we’re not talking about ‘falling in love,’ we’re talking about sex.  Biologists have long known it plays a vital role in passing new gene combinations on to the next generation, but what’s been less clear, is exactly how that works.  

Now, a Virginia Tech Biologist has a new theory that challenges long held notions about natural selection and survival of the fittest. 

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VT Team Creates ExpertRank
2:25 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Finding Experts On-Line

Credit Jim Stoup

These days, there’s no shortage of information available on the Internet. Everybody and anybody can offer an opinion.

But how do you determine what’s valuable and what isn’t?

 

For an increasing number of people, the ‘go to’ site for online info is Wikipedia, a huge compilation of information where content is maintained by users.  While many Internet sites have no controls for the accuracy of user posts, Wikipedia does. But it recently did a study of the quality of the information on its site and found 99.9 percent does not meet its own standards.

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