There’s been a lot of attention on Drones recently. But alongside concerns about privacy and military applications, is potential job creation in Virginia as a new industry rises.
Virginia is one of seven sites selected for Drone testing research projects. That got Virginia Tech’s office of economic development thinking about what that might mean for the state if this new industry takes off. Estimates are as many as 100,000 jobs could be created, nationwide over the next ten years.
The infrastructure in this country is a source of concern, as many aging roads and bridges need repair. A construction specialist at Virginia Tech is studying a seven hundred year old road in South America to see what modern engineers can learn about building roads that last.
The Inca Road runs from Ecuador to Chile; through rainforests, deserts, and over mountains. In some places it’s just a path through the woods, like you might see on the Appalachian Trail. In other places, feats of Inca engineering stand as testaments to their knowledge of construction.
It’s been over a year since the publication of a new book about Thomas Jefferson and his slaves. It won rave reviews from many parts of the country, but in Charlottesville the author is still attacked in certain circles.
A new study from Virginia Tech shows football helmets can be designed to reduce the risk of concussions.
Between 2005 and 2010, more than 18 hundred football players from Virginia Tech and six other colleges and universities around the country wore helmets equipped with sensors to measure the biomechanics of head impacts. The players either wore a Riddell VSR4 or Riddell Revolution helmet and the sensors recorded over one million hits. Tech researcher Steve Rowson says the Revolution helmet’s padding was 40 percent thicker than the other helmet.