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Video: Top scientist's materials research puts 'smart buildings' on the grid

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 00:00
Timothy Long, one of three Virginia Outstanding Scientists for 2015, tells how materials of the future can be created to serve multiple functions, such as a wall that moves water or controls sound.

A mosquito sex-determining gene could help fight dengue fever, life science researchers say

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 00:00

Life scientists identified a male-determining genetic switch in a dangerous type of mosquitoes that could be useful in efforts to protect human health.

Photos: Antarctica research

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:00

See photos of Iskander Ismailov, a research assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, on the journey to Antarctica.

Research team heads to Antarctic to get icy insight into how brain adapts to temperature change

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech Carilion Research scientists are heading to Antarctica as part of a large collaboration funded by the National Science Foundation to study, for the first time, exactly how the rising temperatures are affecting the icefishes’ brains and hearts – and what it means for the rest of the world.

Virginia Tech agricultural sciences programs rise in National Science Foundation rankings

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech’s ranking of agricultural sciences research and development expenditures for 2013 rose to sixth in the nation.

Transportation Institute launches effort to make navigating traffic lights safer, smarter and cheaper

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 00:00

The effort is designed to keep vehicles as close to “fuel optimum speed” as possible, basically that sweet spot when a car’s speed is sufficiently high, but fuel use is at a minimum with little slow and go maneuvering.

Engineers, scientists to examine antibiotic resistance in food chain from farm to fork

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 00:00

Amy Pruden, professor of civil and environmental engineering and associate dean in the graduate school at Virginia Tech, is leading an interdisciplinary $2.25 million USDA grant on antibiotic resistance from farm to fork.

Brain scanning reveals that birds of a feather really do flock together

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 00:00

In a study using functional magnetic resonance imaging, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists found that our inherent risk-taking preferences affect how we view and act on information from other people.

Video: Bats' sonar secrets could make for better submarines, drones

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 00:00

Unlocking the secrets of bat echolocation, a team led by Rolf Mueller at Virginia Tech hopes to improve naval sonar and create improvements to drones.

Virginia Tech ecologist partners with the United Nations to confront global water crisis

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 00:00

A Virginia Tech ecologist co-authored a report to assist the United Nations in finalizing its post-2015 sustainable development goals.

Virginia Tech students invited to show work at International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 00:00

Students and faculty from the Virginia Tech Center for Design Research will present their work created using digital fabrication and robotic technology May 16-19 during the 2015 ICFF in New York City.

Vijay K. Agarwala named director of high performance computing at Virginia Tech

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 00:00

He comes to Virginia Tech with more than 28 years of experience in high performance computing, data sciences, and research computing.

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute receives outstanding achievement award

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 00:00

Gov. Terry McAuliffe presented the award for Outstanding Achievement in Bioscience to the institute at a recent conference focused on growing bioscience business and research in the state.

Wireless @ Virginia Tech plans 25th anniversary celebration

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 00:00

Wireless @ Virginia Tech will kick off its anniversary celebration on Wednesday, May 27, at Newman Library with an open house called "Blast from the Past", featuring a vintage equipment exhibition.

Virginia Tech alumnus returns to head mechanical engineering department

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 00:00

Azim Eskandarian, who received his master's degree in mechanical engineering in 1983 from Virginia Tech, will return to his alma mater to lead the mechanical engineering department.

FutureHAUS 'Living Room of the Future' debuts this week in Atlanta

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 00:00

The Virginia Tech Center for Design Research will exhibit prototypes of the FutureHAUS kitchen and living room cartridge concepts during the 2015 American Institute of Architects National Convention May 14-16.

Amy Pruden receives best paper award from Environmental Science and Technology

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 00:00

The professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech is leading an interdisciplinary $2.25 million USDA grant on antibiotic resistance from farm to fork.

Students present research to intelligence community members at Hume Center colloquium

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 00:00

The students' projects explored questions about ongoing events around the world that have implications for the United States' national security. 

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute research team finds new ways to detect ovarian cancer

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 00:00

Researchers at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have found new ways of detecting ovarian cancer by studying microsatellite repeats, also known as "junk DNA," in the genome.

Virginia Tech researcher shines light on origin of bioluminescence

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech scientist Paul Marek has traced the trait of bioluminescence on the tree of life - and its original purpose is surprising.