Research

VT Team Loooks at Climate Change
9:44 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Pulse of the Amazon

NASA has asked Scientists to look at how record flooding AND droughts in the last decade are affecting the Amazon River.

They’ll be studying the affects of climate change on the vast river might mean for rivers in the U.S.  

Despite the devastation of the Amazon rainforest, the  River itself, remains relatively pristine when it comes to it’s hydrology, the water’s natural flow

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First Patient in a New Study
5:24 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Drug Company Will Provide Experimental Medication

Josh Hardy/Family Photo

It's not often that the public hears of a positive outcome from a mass social media movement, but a Fredericksburg boy battling cancer has been given a second chance after his community issued a call for help. 

Josh Hardy's school principal describes how their community rallied to support the family and convince a pharmaceutical company to answer that call.
 

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Pilotless Plane Industry
12:18 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Drones & Jobs

File Photo
Credit Virginia Tech/College of Engineering

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.

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VT Professor Shares Insights
11:13 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Expedition on the Inca Road

Photos Courtesy of Christine Fiori/Virginia Tech

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.

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Thomas Jefferson & His Slaves
5:02 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Master of the Mountain

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. 

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