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Fralin Fellow examines diets of women and children in Madagascar

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 00:00

Student Keely O’Keefe interviewed mothers in Madagascar about diet diversity, which foods they view as healthy or unhealthy, food security, and access to markets, crops, and livestock. Then she weighed and measured each mother and one of her children.

Animals took first breaths after small oxygen blip in atmosphere, geoscientist discovers

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 00:00

A Virginia Tech geoscientist is part of an international team writing in the journal Nature about how early life coincided with changes in oxygen levels.

Virginia Cooperative Extension to showcase research and new technology at the Virginia Ag Expo

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 00:00

The Virginia Ag Expo is Aug. 6 in Locust Grove, Virginia. More than 150 exhibitors and sponsors will be showcasing the latest equipment, technology, goods, and services.

Virginia Tech Distinguished Professor elected Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of India

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 00:00

Robert J. Bodnar was elected as an Honorary Fellow for his contributions in the field of fluid inclusion studies in Earth and planetary sciences.

Cancer biologists find a key that may unlock how tumors form and progress

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 00:00

An international team of scientists, led by a Virginia Tech researcher, determined that the number of chromosomes in a cell may be a key to understanding how cancer forms and progresses.

Virginia Tech rises 15 places among world's top 1,000 universities

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 00:00

According to the Center for World University Rankings, Virginia Tech rose to No. 256 in the world among more than 25,000 degree-granting institutions.

Photos: New Dairy Science Complex

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 14:19

Virginia Tech celebrated the grand opening of its new Dairy Science Complex – Kentland Farm.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, President Timothy D. Sands observe unmanned aircraft transport medications at research flights

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 00:00

Researchers were investigating the potential of unmanned aircraft for the delivery of pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies in rural areas, where transportation challenges often get in the way of health care.

Virginia Tech scientist develops model for robots with bacterial brains

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 00:00

Forget the Vulcan mind-meld of the Star Trek generation — as far as mind control techniques go, bacteria is the next frontier.

Drone flights add international research element to health outreach

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech has received authorization for research flights of unmanned aircraft that will deliver medications to a health fair on Friday. 

Life science researchers develop point system to help people drink their way to better health

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 00:00

The biggest differences between low and high scores came from individuals not consuming enough water, consuming too many calories from beverages, and not consuming enough fluid overall. 

Pamplin professor Rick Perdue receives lifetime achievement award

Mon, 07/13/2015 - 00:00

He was recognized for his service as editor-in-chief of the top-tier Journal of Travel Research; his participation on the Travel and Tourism Research Association’s board of directors, including service as past president; and his extensive research record.

New Dairy Science Complex - Kentland Farm bolsters program, contributes to the land-grant mission

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 00:00

Free tours of the new facility — located at Kentland Farm, 5250 Whitethorn Road, Blacksburg — are being held immediately following the 11:45 a.m. ribbon cutting on Friday, July 17. 

International research team seeks more efficient biomass refinement processes

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 00:00

Professor Barry Goodell joins researchers from across the world who plan to mimic the chemistry of the brown rot fungus to improve biorefining processes.

Researchers test avoidance technology in unmanned aircraft at Cape May Airport with Rutgers partners

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 00:00

Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership researchers with Virginia Tech helped test sensor technology designed to detect manned aircraft at busy airports. 

Turbine blades inspired by owl feathers could boost efforts to increase wind farming, sustainable energy

Fri, 06/26/2015 - 00:00

A new design for quieter wind-turbine blades was inspired by owls' remarkable ability to fly silently through the air.

Neuroscientist investigates how our social lives affect our brains

Thu, 06/25/2015 - 00:00

Neurobiologist Kendra Sewall received a grant to study the sweet spot of optimum social interaction in birds, which can also be applied to humans.

Chemical engineers again qualify for the national Chem-E-Car competition

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 00:00

The team will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, in November for the national competition.

Discovery about the destructive power of bubbles could lead to new industrial applications

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 00:00

Cavitation bubbles can kill fish and damage boat propellers. Learning more about them could harness that power for industrial uses, like safer cleaning processes.

Harald Sontheimer to hold I. D. Wilson Chair in the College of Science

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 00:00

For the past two decades at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Harald Sontheimer has led several major programs, including the Civitan International Research Center on Intellectual Disabilities and the world’s first Center for Glial Biology in Medicine.

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