Architects spend a fair amount of time putting pencils to paper and building small models of what they’d like to construct – but how do they know their designs will work in the real world, and what does it take to get something built. That’s what Virginia Tech hopes to teach in a whole new way. It’s called a Design-Build Laboratory, it’s gaining favor at schools around the country.
If you’ve been saving photos, notes and videos to your favorite social media sites and are counting on them to be there indefinitely, think again.....the Web may not the best place for storing the record of your life.
On the two-year anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, anti-nuclear demonstrators rallied outside the Richmond headquarters of Dominion Virginia Power.
The protestors say the Fukushima experience shows that the risk of disaster at nuclear facilities is far too great to keep operating them. They’re calling on Dominion to close its North Anna and Surry nuclear power stations—and instead use wind, solar, and other renewable resources.
The Fukushima site is still so radioactive that it will be eight years before the melted nuclear fuel can be removed.
The South By Southwest Music and Film Festival also has a tech side. Two Blacksburg companies are on the way to Austin Texas. They’ll compete for awards in what’s become the festival’s fastest growing program: talks on emerging technologies.
The allure of the South by Southwest festival is not only the new music and art. A company called Twitter introduced it self to the world there in 2007. Now, hundreds of startups compete for slots at the annual gathering. Nathan Latka is CEO of “Heyo.” His Blacksburg company is an invited guest at the week long conference.