Science & Technology

Virginia Tech Research
2:36 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Rules for Flying Your Drone

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Credit Vince LoPresti/Flickr via NPR

With all the talk about drones, you’d think the industry was ready to take off. But not until the Federal Aviation Administration determines safety rules for commercial U.S airspace.  And that could be more than 2 years away.  Meantime, that means no flying commercial drones without a special permit.

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Environment Virginia Report
7:27 am
Mon June 30, 2014

VA Waterways Still Not So Clean Despite Many Efforts

Credit http://www.environmentvirginia.org/

While some groups and businesses have touted their environmental accomplishments and criticized new EPA regulations, one watchdog organization says "not so fast."

The group Environment Virginia says although significant strides have been made in watershed cleanup, the state's waterways are still endangered and lots more work needs to be done.

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Saving Our Planet
7:33 am
Thu June 19, 2014

VA Environmental Stewards Rewarded for Their Efforts

Employees from 77 Virginia businesses will stroll down the green carpet outside Charlottesville’sParamount Theater Thursday night, to accept awards from the Better Business Challenge. A look at the competition and what it’s achieved.  

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Part 2 of 2
4:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Looking for Extractable Rare Earths in Virginia

The elements known as ‘rare earths,’ are a relatively new addition to the periodic table. And they have changed the world, ushering in the new age of technology because of their unique properties. They allow us to make smaller and more efficient devices; everything from smart phones to wind turbines.

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Part 1 of 2
1:44 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Searching for Rare Earth Minerals

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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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