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Clean Energy Partnerships
4:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Charging Up Innovation

A power-supply (front) on a chip prototype developed at Virginia Tech is 10 times smaller than today's commercial technology. The smaller size and improved efficiency of wide bandgap devices promises significant energy savings.
Credit Christina O'Connor.

Virginia Tech is one of seven partners selected for a nationwide push to create manufacturing hubs, which President Barak Obama mentioned in his state of the Union Address this week. 

Tech just found out it was selected for the government/ private sector partnership for the President’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, headquartered at North Carolina State University.

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Guaging Costs
4:24 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Year-Round School Initiatives

A number of Virginia school systems are supporting a "year-round" school year despite some resistance to the concept by some groups. 

Proponents admit that while it may not work for all school systems, they believe it’s essential to boosting academic achievement, especially in districts with socio-economic challenges.

 Audio FileTommie McNeil reports.Edit | Remove

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Fiction Speaks for Victims
1:12 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Children of Paradise: A Story of Guyana's Tragedy

Does Fiction have the power to heal the soul?  A new novel about one of the most horrific events of the late twentieth century raises the question. 

“Children of Paradise” is an imagined account of an actual mass suicide at a commune in the jungle of Guyana in 1978.  

A writing professor at Virginia Tech is using the tools of fiction to retell the story in the voices of its victims.  A warning....the events described are disturbing. 

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Laboratory Testing Underway
12:16 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Targeting Cancer

Dr. John Herr
Credit University of Virginia School of Medicine

Scientists have made important advances in detection and treatment of some cancers, but doctors have few tools when it comes to the diagnosis of ovarian and pancreatic cancer. 

Now, a surprising discovery at the University of Virginia may lead to new tests for and treatment of those and other deadly forms of cancer.

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Same Sex Marriage
4:32 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Religious Leaders call for Attorney General's Impeachment

Credit Steve Helber/AP via NPR

A coalition of faith-based groups says its members have been betrayed by Attorney General Mark Herring, who they say has gone against the will of the people by fighting to overturn Virginia's gay marriage ban approved by voters just eight years ago.

The groups want Herring to be impeached, step down, or assign a special attorney to represent the state in the related court case.

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