Science & Technology

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

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

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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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Education
8:15 am
Mon May 12, 2014

UVA's Professor Lou and "How Things Work"

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Hockey season is winding to a close, and that’s good news for Professor Lou Bloomfield, who will now have a little extra time in his busy schedule.  During the season, he produces a video segment - shown on cable TV and the stadium JumboTron, explaining the science of this sport.  

Lou Bloomfield has been a professor of physics at the University of Virginia for nearly 30 years, He teaches a course called How Things Work.

“How does a violin work?  How does a microwave oven work?  What’s static electricity? Why do magnets stick to your refrigerator?”

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Trihn Thuan Knighted
12:16 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

UVA Astronomer Named to French Legion of Honor

Trihn Thuan has been named chevalier of the National Order of the French Legion of Honor, by decree of French President François Hollande.
Credit Photo: Dan Addison/University of Virginia

It’s not unusual for top college professors to win awards – Nobel prizes and Pulitzers – but one member of the University of Virginia faculty was recently honored in a surprising way.  Little known in this country, he was knighted by a foreign government.

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VT Research
7:06 am
Thu May 1, 2014

The Perfect Stink Bug Trap is All Natural!

The scent of Cilantro may go fine with dinner, but not if it’s from a stinkbug that fell into your enchiladas.  The invasive pests are now in 41 states, the district of Columbia and Canada and several countries in Europe. 

They destroy crops and frustrate humans, with whom they share a penchant for sheltering indoors in cold weather.  Now scientists at Virginia Tech have come up with stinkbug trap you can make yourself for a couple of bucks-- that works.  

No matter how good a housekeeper you are, it’s not easy to keep stinkbugs from ruining your image.

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