Research

Health & Medicine
2:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Differences in Helmets Affect Concussion Risks

Credit Virginia Tech

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. 

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Laboratory Testing Underway
12:16 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Targeting Cancer

Dr. John Herr
Credit University of Virginia School of Medicine

Scientists have made important advances in detection and treatment of some cancers, but doctors have few tools when it comes to the diagnosis of ovarian and pancreatic cancer. 

Now, a surprising discovery at the University of Virginia may lead to new tests for and treatment of those and other deadly forms of cancer.

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Chronobiology: Clocks & Rhythms
3:58 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Rise and Shine: A Study of Sleep

Brianna Rakouska ’17 studies for a French exam late into the evening at W&L.
Credit Washington & Lee University

Plenty of people spend at least part of their time at college sleeping through class, but at Washington and Lee University, students have the chance to enroll in a course where they’ll learn why.

Assistant Professor Natalia Toporikova was invited to design an undergraduate course that would  teach students the basics of science:  how to interpret studies, how to develop a hypothesis and test it.  What better way, she thought, than to study the subject of sleep?   It was not her decision to schedule that class at 8 a.m.

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FAA Announces Six Test Sites
4:44 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Virginia Tech Selected as Drone Research Site

Credit Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is one of six sites that will test drones as part of push to integrate them into the nation’s airspace in the next few years.  

 

The Federal Aviation Administration selected 6 public entities to test unmanned aerial vehicles, known as drones. Virginia Tech will look at safety, from technical risks, to other potential failures in the remotely piloted planes.

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Keeping Waterways Healthy
2:06 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Stabilizing Threatened Species

December 2013 marked the 40th Birthday of the US Endangered Species Act …and in the decades since, many people have been working to get threatened species off the endangered list.

Scientists at Virginia Tech are making progress with a key species that helps keep area waterways alive and healthy.

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