Scientists at the University of Virginia have made what could be an important breakthrough in treating cancer. They’ve discovered a substance released by lung cancer cells that enables them to spread – beginning their deadly march to other parts of the body. Biochemist Marty Mayo says finding that substance, called Activin A, could lead to a simple blood test for certain cancers.
There’s a Hackathon set for this weekend at Virginia Tech. Students from around the country will be in Blacksburg. ---But no need to worry. These are not the same hackers who stage attacks on computers.
"We need to throw out the misnomer. Hackathons are not really about getting together and hacking in to mainframes," says Computer Science major Brandon Potts, Transportation Coordinator for this weekend’s Hackathon at Virginia Tech.
The future is calling and it’s asking for a new kitchen. A team at Virginia Tech is answering, with a plan for a ‘smart kitchen’ that makes full use of technology.
It’s been talked about for decades: A kitchen of the proverbial future that does the work for you. Here’s the late actor, Burgess Meredith, reading from a short story by the, also late, science fiction writer, Ray Bradbury. It’s called, “And There Will Come Soft Rains,’ and it was published in 1950.
While some high school kids are playing video games or watching movies on their cell phones, eight students from Charlottesville are trying to solve a serious global problem – how to turn polluted water into something people can drink.
Last fall,students at St. Anne’s-Belfield School decided to enter the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams challenge – a contest that awards 15 grants of up to $10,000 for research on real world problems. Bob Troy chairs the high school’s science department.