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Smoking-cessation products that contain nicotine may not be safest way to quit, researchers discover

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 00:00

Nicotine found in patches, gums, and e-cigarettes may do more harm than good, according to researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech. Products like these excessively mutate a cell's DNA and may be a precursor to cancer.

Architectural researcher to tell global conferees how 'living roofs' help build better cities

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 00:00

With growing numbers of people moving into cities, it is crucial to give architects and builders tools to make good decisions about green roofs. Virginia Tech architectural researcher Elizabeth Grant said with extremes of temperature and rainfall becoming unpredictable as climates change, vegetated roofs are building resilience into a rapidly changing world.

Virginia Tech scientists weed out pesky poison ivy with discovery of killer fungus

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 00:00

Researchers have found a natural and effective way to kill poison ivy using a naturally occurring fungus that grows on plant's seed.

Six graduate students receive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 00:00

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowships honor outstanding students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics who are pursuing graduate studies in those fields. 

Scientists propose tactics for ethical use of Twitter data in research studies

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 00:00

Tweets are only 140 characters, but amass enough of them, and researchers can deduce a great deal about subjects ranging from disease outbreaks to social unrest. Researchers with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have proposed guidelines to make sure data mined from Twitter data is obtained and used ethically.

Hume Center recertified as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 00:00

The five-year designation comes from the National Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

College of Engineering team to debut at San Francisco-set autonomous sailboat regatta

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:00

A team of Virginia Tech engineering students will race in the 8th annual SailBot 2014 International Robotic Sailing Regatta, a competition dedicated to building unmanned, autonomous miniature sailboats.

New proactive approach unveiled to detect malicious software in networked computers and data

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 00:00

Using a National Science CAREER Award grant, College of Engineering computer scientist Daphne Yao and her colleagues have effectively shown how to isolate infected computer hosts and detect in advance stealthy malware also known as malicious software.

Gerard Toal awarded grant to study public opinion of recent events in former Soviet Union

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 00:00

A grant from the National Science Foundation will allow Gerard Toal the opportunity to build on previous research on post-Soviet unrecognized states and conflict regions.

Deeper than ancestry.com, 'EvoCor' identifies gene relationships

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 00:00

A team led by Gregorio Valdez of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute has designed a search engine that identifies genes that are functionally linked.