Science & Technology

IT at VT
11:48 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Managing the Hacks

Recent cyber attacks have gotten the attention of everyone from the public to the president. Transcending national barriers and international law, hacking was once thought of as a prank – perpetrated by bright students with too much time on their hands.  Experts at Virginia Tech say it’s grown into a chronic problem that will need to be continuously “managed” rather than “solved.”  

I’m visiting the I.T. security office at Virginia Tech in person. But there’s a large screen that shows red dots where virtual visitors are connecting in real time to computers here.

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Government & Politics
7:49 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Fixing Wallops Island

Photo by Steve Jurvetson
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Although a private company runs it, Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore will get a fresh start in the New Year and a financial boost from the federal government after a failed launch months ago caused significant damage. October's explosion of a rocket caused an estimated $20-million in damage--and the repairs will be paid for by Congress. 

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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

Credit Creative Commons

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

Credit Flickr user Four Brewers / Creative Commons

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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