Science & Technology

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Hate drones?  They may soon become a way of life in the Commonwealth.

The anticipated surge in unmanned aerial vehicles-or UAVs-won't only be as a result of their popularity with hobbyists, but because of their use by emergency responders, power companies, and other industries.

Computers4Kids

Jul 20, 2015
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Even if they carry an American brand name like Dell or HP, most of the personal computers in this country are made elsewhere, but a Charlottesville computer consultant thinks American kids should know how to build a PC, and he’s offered a summer program where campers do just that.  

The 'Kitty Hawk Moment' for Drones

Jul 16, 2015
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This weekend is the 16th year the Remote Area Medical Team will be in Wise County Virginia providing free dental, medical, and vision care to people. And it’s the first time a drone will deliver medicine to the site.  It’s a real world test of how drones could deliver medical help to people in remote areas. 

Jon Greene is acting associate director of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech. He says when it comes to UAS, Unmanned Aircraft Systems commonly known as drones, the main concern is safety for people on the ground.

Pluto Flyby

Jul 10, 2015
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It’s taken nine years for the NASA spaceship New Horizons to travel nearly 3 billion miles – to a far corner of our solar system, but later this month, it will fulfill its mission.  

On July 14th, just before 8 a.m. New Horizons will begin a fly-by of Pluto, the dwarf planet named for the Roman god of the underworld.  The space craft has traveled faster than any other launched from Earth, but after nine years, it won’t be able to stop for a visit.

Broadening Virginia's Broadband

Jul 8, 2015
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Today, access to high speed Internet is considered as essential to modern life as electricity was, generations ago.  But most areas in rural Virginia still don’t have that level of access…and where there is high speed Internet, prices often remain high.  

“If you live in the country side it is very difficult to get it,” says Birdie Moye, Director of the Pearisburg Public Library. “Some days all our computers are booked up and a lot of them come in here to do resumes, looking for jobs, even do online schooling.”

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