A new study from the University of Virginia suggests human beings are hard-wired for friendship – that our brains actually view friends and loved ones as part of ourselves.
You might remember UVA Professor Jim Coan from studies he’s done on hand-holding. He put women in an MRI scanner and threatened to administer a mild electric shock to their ankles – then watched what their brains did.
“When you’re alone in the MRI scanner, facing the threat of electric shock, your brain is pretty active. As one of my students said, it lights up like a Christmas tree.”
Researchers at Virginia Tech have come up with a plan for a new kind of helmet for construction workers that can monitor their exposure to carbon monoxide and warn them before it becomes dangerous.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning kills hundreds of Americans each year and sends thousands more to the hospital. Construction workers face an especially high risk because they often work in enclosed spaces where exhaust from gasoline-powered hand tools can build up fast.
For some kids, this summer was all about relaxing and having fun, but for 165 students from Virginia high schools, it was a time for some hard mental work.
They gave up their cell phones, laptops and iPads to take part in the annual Language Academy at Washington and Lee – hearing and speaking only French, Spanish or German and – through that language – learning one more language.
As the saying goes, it takes money to make money. But where does that leave the four billion people around the world who live below the poverty line?
A Virginia Tech Professor is tackling that problem from a new perspective.
Most people have heard the term ‘micro finance.’ Cooperatives lend small amounts of money to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The concept began in developing nations to help women start their own businesses. Experts say poor people who receive these loans repay them at the astounding rate 99.7%.
An international conference is underway at the University of Virginia. It will draw fewer than 200 people to talk about a very rare disease, but what happens there could prove important to millions of patients.