Science & Technology

Science Fiction As Reality
2:05 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

The Kitchen of the Future

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.

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Under Attack Electronically
12:58 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Boosting Cyber-Security in Virginia

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When Americans think of terrorism, they often envision 9-11-style attacks or some other extreme act of violence. But the nation’s enemies don't just hail from a specific part of the world, and Americans are under attack every day—not by air, land, or sea, but electronically through data breaches and hacking.

That's why the commonwealth’s Cyber Security Commission is focusing on discovering vulnerabilities and strengthening the state's databases.

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The Business of Craft Beer Hunting
8:18 am
Mon November 24, 2014

TAPS: A Comprehensive Beer App and First Place Business Pitch

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Americans have a growing thirst for beer, and a student from the University of Richmond is tapping into that trend with a new app which has already earned him $3.500. 

Americans adore their beer, and something big is happening to the business of brews. Overall sales last year were down nearly two percent, but consumption of craft beers – made by small, local breweries – rose more than 17%.  University of Richmond senior Nick Creegan is a craft beer fan.

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Data Security
4:59 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Securing Student Data

JCOTS Chair Tom Rust

As Target, Home Depot, the U.S. Post Office and other entities find it difficult to protect consumer information, Virginia lawmakers are wondering how public schools will guard student data as they transition into electronic instruction, testing, and information storage. As Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, the Joint Commission on Technology and Science aims to close the gaps in state laws and policies that might inadvertently allow the use of student data for unauthorized purposes.

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Child Pornography in the Digital Age
4:41 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Lawmakers Weigh Pentalties for Underage Sexting

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The State Crime Commission is wrestling with how to craft balanced legislation that addresses the growing problem of underage teens who take sexually explicit images of themselves and send them to others.

The members’ concern is heightened by some widely published cases—including a Louisa County “sexting” ring involving 100 teens and 1,000 images of minors posted on Instagram. 

But they’re also concerned that the penalties in existing laws designed for adult child predators may be too steep for teens.

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