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Concentrating Solar Power
5:07 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Solar Energy for a Rainy Day

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The cost of solar panels has dropped so much in recent years that they’re becoming more common everywhere you look. But storing the energy for a rainy day has been a problem. 

Now another form of solar electricity promises to extend the reach of the sun’s energy and help make existing fossil fuel plants more sustainable.

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50 Years Later
4:44 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

JFK Assassination: Radford University Examines the Evidence

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A moment seared in the memories of people of a certain age is; where they were when they first heard that John F. Kennedy, the president of the United States, had been assassinated.

The shots fired at the president’s motorcade 50 years ago this week  still resonate in the public mind. And so does the belief that the murder was an act of conspiracy.  

A special seminar in Radford University’s Criminal Justice Department has students  examining original evidence from that day with the ‘20-20 hindsight’ of modern forensic techniques.

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Medicaid Expansion
4:05 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Hospitals Issue Warning

Hospitals here in Virginia are sounding the alarm – warning state lawmakers that they’ll be in big financial trouble if the legislature does not expand Medicaid.

The Affordable Care Act set out to provide health care coverage for almost everyone.  Only undocumented residents were left out.  The bill promised affordable health insurance, and for those who made too little money, states were supposed to expand their Medicaid programs, and the federal government would pick up the tab. 

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The Internet's Front Page
3:43 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Reddit Founder Visits Virginia Tech

A visit from an Internet guru has the entrepreneurial crowd at Virginia Tech abuzz.  Alexis Ohanian, the founder of Reddit, which people call ‘the front page of the internet,’ will speak at the University Sunday. 
 

Alexis Ohanian graduated from The University of Virginia but he wanted to make a point of speaking at Virginia Tech on his book tour, because he knew about the community of current and future technology entrepreneurs here.  Drew Stegmeier, past president of the Entrepreneurs club at tech, is one of them.

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Health & Medicine
6:35 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Newborn Screenings in VA Reach a Milestone

While some parents may not realize it, the difference between taking home a healthy bundle of joy from the hospital and a child who may suffer from a lifetime of health complications … is a prick on the heel, about five drops of blood, and a team of scientists.  It’s the newborn screening that every child born in the Commonwealth goes through.   Affected parents and medical professionals on Friday quietly celebrated a medical milestone. . .

 

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