Virginia Tech is one of six sites that will test drones as part of push to integrate them into the nation’s airspace in the next few years.
The Federal Aviation Administration selected 6 public entities to test unmanned aerial vehicles, known as drones. Virginia Tech will look at safety, from technical risks, to other potential failures in the remotely piloted planes.
These days, there’s no shortage of information available on the Internet. Everybody and anybody can offer an opinion.
But how do you determine what’s valuable and what isn’t?
For an increasing number of people, the ‘go to’ site for online info is Wikipedia, a huge compilation of information where content is maintained by users. While many Internet sites have no controls for the accuracy of user posts, Wikipedia does. But it recently did a study of the quality of the information on its site and found 99.9 percent does not meet its own standards.
There’s been a lot of talk about “drones,” remote controlled aircraft which fly with no pilot on board. But drones are being used for more than military operations.
A scientist at Virginia Tech has been named one of Popular Science’s ‘Brilliant Ten for 2013” for using them to study micro organisms in the atmosphere, which can have a huge impact on what goes on, on the ground.
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.