Science & Technology

Science & Technology
4:00 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Birds of a Feather: VT Risk Study Shows We're Influenced by Those Around Us

Do birds of a feather really flock together?
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The latest trends, whatever they’re surrounding, can be anything from fun and fabulous…to awful and appalling.  And it turns out, there’s a reason behind what’s popular at any given moment -- just think of the phrase, “birds of a feather flock together.” A new study by the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute shows people really care what their peers think and take that information into account when making their own decisions. 

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Part 1: Creating Creative Small Businesses
5:23 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

A Kinder, Gentler Shark Tank

Lots of people dream of starting their own businesses. But how many of those table  top discussions actually go on to the next phase?  Taking a cue from the popularity of the “Shark Tank” TV show, spin-off tanks are springing up.  Communities are  using them to help launch local businesses in Virginia. 

If TV’s Shark Tank is for the big fish, Floyd’s was more like a school of small fish.  Instead of venture capitalists looking to invest it was area economic development experts doing the judging.

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Science & Technology
9:29 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Bioprinter at UVA Designed to Print Tissue and Organs

Credit Sanjay Sunchak/University of Virginia

Organ donation saves millions of people each year, but the fact is that there aren’t enough organs to go around.  Now, scientists, engineers and students at the University of Virginia have begun using a machine that could someday make replacement parts for humans. 
 

The bioprinter is a small, table-top robot with a couple of tubes that contain human cells.  Guided by a computer that has analyzed images of a body part, the device lays down layer after layer of sticky material or gel and cells that are genetically programmed to work in certain ways. 

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Joint Commission on Technology and Science
4:46 pm
Mon June 15, 2015

Boosting Cyber-Security

With potentially millions of Virginians victimized by the recent cyber-attack against federal employees, state lawmakers want to expedite the formation of public-private collaborations that would stimulate research and development in cybers-ecurity. 

Now a Joint Commission on Technology and Science panel agrees—and wants to help bring the best minds in the field together.  Both higher education institutions and companies are willing and eager to make that happen.

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Virginia Festival of the Book.
5:03 am
Mon June 8, 2015

VaNews: Self-Driving Cars, Passenger Rail Service

Virginia is making a move to embrace the future of train travel as plans for faster passenger rail service between Richmond and DC are considered... and Google's self-driving cars will soon be seen among the hordes of vehicles packing the roads in Northern Virginia.

Those are among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project's VA News link at vpap.org

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