Science & Technology http://wvtf.org en Boosting Biotech http://wvtf.org/post/boosting-biotech <p></p><p>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.</p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:46:45 +0000 Tommie McNeil 24097 at http://wvtf.org Boosting Biotech Rules for Flying Your Drone http://wvtf.org/post/rules-flying-your-drone <p>With all the talk about drones, you’d think the industry was ready to take off. But not until the Federal Aviation Administration determines safety rules for commercial U.S airspace.&nbsp; And that could be more than 2 years away.&nbsp; Meantime, that means no flying commercial drones without a special permit.</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:36:32 +0000 Robbie Harris 23669 at http://wvtf.org Rules for Flying Your Drone VA Waterways Still Not So Clean Despite Many Efforts http://wvtf.org/post/va-waterways-still-not-so-clean-despite-many-efforts <p>While some groups and businesses have touted their environmental accomplishments and criticized new EPA regulations, one watchdog organization says "not so fast."</p><p>The group <a href="http://www.environmentvirginia.org/">Environment Virginia</a> says although significant strides have been made in watershed cleanup, the state's waterways are still endangered and lots more work needs to be done.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:27:52 +0000 Tommie McNeil 23599 at http://wvtf.org VA Waterways Still Not So Clean Despite Many Efforts VA Environmental Stewards Rewarded for Their Efforts http://wvtf.org/post/va-environmental-stewards-rewarded-their-efforts <div>Employees from 77 Virginia businesses will stroll down the green carpet outside Charlottesville’s</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Paramount Theater Thursday night, to accept awards from the Better Business Challenge. A look at&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the competition and what it’s achieved.&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:33:21 +0000 Sandy Hausman 23082 at http://wvtf.org VA Environmental Stewards Rewarded for Their Efforts Looking for Extractable Rare Earths in Virginia http://wvtf.org/post/looking-extractable-rare-earths-virginia <p></p><p>The elements known as ‘rare earths,’ are a relatively new addition to the periodic table. And they have changed the world, ushering in the new age of technology because of their unique properties. They allow us to make smaller and more efficient devices; everything from smart phones to wind turbines.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Robbie Harris 22593 at http://wvtf.org Looking for Extractable Rare Earths in Virginia