Colleges & Universities

Open Mic: The Graduate

May 24, 2016
Holly Marcus, Special to the Staunton News Leader

It’s graduation season, and millions of young people are collecting diplomas – but they’re not alone.  More and more older Americans are wrapping up a college degree – among them Charlottesville – area author Faith Andrews Bedford.

Time For a New Battery; Safer and Longer Lasting

Mar 31, 2016

When the first modern battery was invented in 1800, it paved the way for portable electric power.  But for today’s modern technology, conventional batteries are something of a roadblock.  From electric cars, to solar panels, to high-tech toys that catch fire, scientists are working to make safer, lighter and longer lasting batteries. Soon new kind of battery being developed at Virginia Tech might be the answer to these problems.

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As anti- Muslim rhetoric becomes part of the public and political conversation this election season, Muslims in this country feel more vulnerable.  That has Muslim students at Virginia Tech thinking about how to cope with the situation, and… how to improve it.

Current events are shining a spotlight on Muslims in this country.  And that’s both a problem and an opportunity, says Sana Rauf, a junior, studying business information technology at Virginia.

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With so many cars on the road this holiday season, it’s easy to see why automobiles account for almost half of the country’s fuel consumption.  But what if cars could recover some of that energy for other uses? An engineering professor at Virginia Tech is working on a way to give cars exactly that kind of ‘energy bump.’

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Lei Zuo and his team are working on a new kind of shock absorber that would not only enhance a car’s ride, but also create energy just from driving on the road.

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With all the gift-giving this time of year, it’s important to know you’re not giving a child a toy that might be dangerous.  Scientists at Virginia Tech have come up with a new way to flag potential toy hazards before they cause injuries. 

These days there’s no shortage of product reviews out there.  In fact there are too many for consumers to actually comb through. Now a technique for mining those product reviews, invented at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin School of Business to examine car safety, is now being applied to children’s toys.

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