Scientists may have discovered a way to clean up radioactive waste at Japan’s Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant.  A common substance found in plant cell walls may be part of the solution.

The Kitchen of the Future

Dec 18, 2014

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. 

Photo: Matthew Faltz,

There’s more proof that working night shifts can be harmful to your health.  A new study identifies a molecule that affects a tumor suppressor gene when normal sleep cycles are disrupted over a long period of time. 

Photo: Pete Markam/

The American Humane Society calls pet overpopulation a tragic problem, forcing shelters to euthanize millions of cats and dogs each year. 

Now, students at the University of Virginia have a solution – a non-surgical, reversible form of birth control for pets.