Science & Technology

Building to Break Down Walls
3:30 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Virginia Tech Opens New Science Building

Credit Virginia Tech

The new science building at Virginia Tech has state of the art features that set it apart from most others like it in the country.  It's designed to be a test space between the ‘lab’ and the ‘marketplace’ that fosters new collaborations inside and outside the university.  

The sleek main floor of the new Human and Agricultural Biosciences building opens into, a 4 story atrium that seems designed for inviting for conversations.

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Sustainable Agriculture or Seeds of Death?
5:14 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Debate Continues Over Genetically Engineered Food

Genetically Engineered food has become a hot button in this country.  Supporters say cross breeding plants is as old as farming itself. Opponents fear today’s high tech methods have created something that may be dangerous in the long run.

A comment period by USDA ended last week, as scientists and activists continue the debate over the idea of genetically modified crops.

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Pilotless Plane Industry
12:18 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Drones & Jobs

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Credit Virginia Tech/College of Engineering

There’s been a lot of attention on Drones recently.  But alongside concerns about privacy and military applications, is potential job creation in Virginia as a new industry rises. 

Virginia is one of seven sites selected for Drone testing research projects.  That got Virginia Tech’s office of economic development thinking about what that might mean for the state if this new industry takes off.  Estimates are as many as 100,000 jobs could be created, nationwide over the next ten years.

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Producer Rights in a Culture of Sharing
7:55 am
Sun March 2, 2014

Careful What You Copy

The rise of digital technology has made sharing something you see on the web, a daily event for many people.  But there’s a gray area when it comes to what is legal to copy and share, and what’s not.

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Solar Energy Woes
7:28 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Virginia Hoping to Catch Up When It Comes to Solar Power

It’s no surprise that California and Arizona top the list of states installing solar power, but Virginia’s neighbors - Maryland and North Carolina - are in the top ten.   Critics say Virginia is a “dark spot” on the map because government policies don’t promote green energy.  Now, however, the state legislature has approved a bill that will bring down one barrier to solar power.  

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