Science & Technology

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1:44 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Searching for Rare Earth Minerals

Bastnasite

Metals known as ‘rare earth elements” are in growing demand worldwide.  They’re vital for many of the high tech devices we all use.  China has been the major source for rare earth minerals, but recently cut its exports. This has geologists in the U.S. searching for domestic deposits. 
 

 

If the term ‘rare earths’ is not familiar to you, the high tech devices that depend on them are. From the ear buds for your cell phone, to advanced medical devices like MRIs, and new technologies such as wind turbines, magnetic refrigeration and electric cars

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Barriers to Internet Access
4:21 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

EducationSuperHighway

Richmond, VA

 Average Internet access and connectivity costs in Virginia schools are more expensive than the national average, and now a nonprofit organization has chosen the Commonwealth for a free program that will discover why and propose cost-lowering options.   Governor McAuliffe has announced that the “EducationSuperHighway” will gather detailed information from all school divisions, analyze the data, and then provide technical assistance.  The governor emphasized that high-speed connectivity is now essential for both a 21st-century education and economy. 
  

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Global Warming Action
6:34 am
Mon June 2, 2014

New EPA Rules Mean a New Game Plan for Utility Companies

Later today, the Environmental Protection Agency will take a big step toward reducing the risks of climate change – announcing new limits on electric companies responsible for about 40% of the carbon in our atmosphere.  At the Southern Environmental Law Center, Senior Attorney Frank Rambo says states and utilities must then figure out how best to reach those goals. 

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Science & Technology
9:42 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Chicken Ears: How Poultry Could Help Restore Hearing Loss in Humans

Credit www.offthegridnews.com

Chickens are a blessing for humanity -- from the eggs they deliver to our breakfast table to the main course they become at dinner.  Now, there’s another reason to love these versatile birds.  Scientists at the University of Virginia say they may teach us how to restore lost hearing in humans.  

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Smart Phone App
4:00 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Blacksburg Transit: There's an App for That

Credit Blacksburg Transit

Blacksburg Transit is joining a handful of locales in Virginia that have an App for youR smart phone that let’s you plan your bus trip.  Officials say it will save money, energy, and riders’ patience. 

For mass transit riders, there’s nothing more frustrating than watching the bus pull away while you decide weather to break into a sprint to catch it. Tim Witten is the Intelligent Transportation Systems Manager for Blacksburg Transit.

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