Science & Technology

Science & Technology
4:06 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Some Thinking on Brain "Mapping"

Recently President Barack Obama announced a decade-long, $100-million  project to map the human brain.

At Washington & Lee University, Professor Tyler Lorig, chair of the Neuroscience program, offered mixed reactions.

Lorig says while he welcomes the attention to the new announcement—he knows the money won’t go nearly as far as the public might expect. He's  also concerned about misconceptions which stem from the language describing the project as “mapping”.

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Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council
3:24 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

TechNite

In Hollywood there’s the ‘Oscars.’   In Nashville, the Country Music Awards.  In the New River and RoanokeValleys, it’s the “Tech” Awards. 

Every year, the Roanoke- Blacksburg Technology council honors its stars. 

This Thursday (5/16/13) evening, 600 people will gather at the Hotel Roanoke for an awards ceremony and party announcing the  winners of the Roanoke/ Blacksburg Technology Council’s Tech Nite Awards.

For a list of TechNite nominees, visit  thetechnologycouncil.com

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Climate Change & Politics
3:02 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Scientist Makes Political Endorsement

Scientists don’t often get involved in political campaigns, but in Virginia one of the nation’s leading men of science has stepped up to endorse a candidate for attorney general.

Three years ago, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli demanded to see all of the e-mails and documents written by Professor Michael Mann during his years at the University of Virginia.  Mann and his colleagues had created a graphic showing how quickly the Earth was warming.  It looked like a hockey stick set on its side. 

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Science & Technology
2:05 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

New Approach to Stopping Superbugs

The race to stay ahead of drug resistant ‘super bugs’ threatens to be a losing battle.  But a Blacksburg company is working on an innovative solution to the problem. 

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Big Brain Theory
5:37 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Pure Genius

Discovery Channel

Who will become America’s next great innovator?  That’s the question the Discovery Channel is hoping to answer with a new reality show called, “The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius.” A grad student from Virginia Tech is one of ten people chosen after they sent video applications to the producers.

Amy Elliot, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech is one of two women selected from thousands of applicants around the country. The Discovery Channel’s new reality TV show combines the drama of competition with the world of science, technology and engineering.

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