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What if high-schoolers in Virginia could take a computer programming class instead of French or Spanish? Lawmakers in Richmond are considering allowing that swap, as one way to get more kids into computer science.

With talk of gigahertz and infinite loops, Intro to Computer Programming at Henrico County’s Deep Run High School, certainly sounds like a foreign language class. And if some Virginia lawmakers get their way, it could also count as a foreign language.

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Business Magnate and Inventor Elon Musk is a man known for his work on transportation of the future, be it space travel or electric vehicles.  His latest quest is something called a “Hyperloop,”  a new kind of super-fast transportation that’s still in the design stage.  At a competition of prototypes this past weekend, Virginia Tech’s entry showed well.  

Some Hokies came home happy from the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Competition, after taking fourth place out of more than 115 student design teams. Daniel Kimminau is the project manager for Hyperloop at Virginia Tech.

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Five economically distressed regions of Virginia are being given grants to stimulate job growth. Maurice Jones, Virginia's secretary of commerce, traveled to the Northern Neck Friday to personally hand over a $70,000 check for a new center to help bring technology jobs back to the U.S.

Virginia's employment rates are breaking state records but Secretary Jones warned about two risks.

Did you ever wonder why dogs seem to splash water when they drink from their water bowls, but cats leave hardly a trace?  Well, now we know why. Some scientists at Virginia Tech took a closer look at how cats and dogs drink. 

Dogs and cats are like the book ends of the pet world, but even though they have a lot in common, pet owners know they’re very different creatures.  It’s subtleties that set them apart.

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The Federal Aviation Administration is out with new rules for small, remote piloted aircraft, known as drones.  This comes just as hobbyists are expected to purchase hundreds of thousands of them during this holiday season. 

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