Virginia Tech

By now, everyone knows about the phenomenon of fake news.  But it’s not only news that’s faked online.  Researchers have been tracking the underground world of spammers and scammers for years and coming up with strategies to identify it.  But as Robbie Harris reports, it’s not clear when or if they’ll ever be able to stop it.  

Women in the Field of Natural Resources

Oct 28, 2016

The advent of the first female, major party presidential candidate comes at a time when women are still under represented in other traditionally male dominated professions. For example, careers in natural resources, from forest rangers to firefighters, have long been the province, mostly, of men.   As Robbie Harris tells us, this weekend, Virginia Tech is holding what may be the first ever conference for “Women in Natural Resources” to make sure people know it’s a field that’s open to all.  

An art exhibit in Blacksburg features the work of Lynn Hershman-Leeson, a feminist artist who explores the places where art and technology meet.  One piece in the show is actually something you see every day - it's a bio-engineered human ear sitting inside a glass box.  

Training Cyber Warriors in Virginia

Oct 10, 2016

The number of devices that are now connected to the Internet far exceeds the number of people on the planet.  And as Cyberspace grows, so do the legions of hackers looking for ways to break in.  Right now, it’s an A-symmetrical cyber war.  But as Robbie Harris reports, Virginia’s Governor has launched a plan to change that by training a new workforce for the growing field of cyber security.

  

New Baby Basket to Keep Babies Safe and Warm

Sep 15, 2016

The country of Malawi is known as the ‘warm heart’ of Africa... with mountain ranges reminiscent of south western Virginia.  And even though it’s warm much of the year, new born babies there too often die of hypothermia. That got a Virginia Tech grad student thinking about how to solve the problem in a low tech, sustainable way.  Robbie Harris has more.   

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