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Researcher's computational model of microtubules could explain basic mysteries of cells

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 00:00

Virginia Tech’s Shengfeng Cheng has won a seed grant of $100,000 from the Jeffress Memorial Trust to create an intricate computer model of how tubulin proteins connect to one another to form microtubules, the scaffolding on which cells are built.

Engineering researchers pave the way for more efficient radio spectrum sharing

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 00:00

Engineering professor Jerry Park leads a $730,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop innovative frameworks to enable efficient radio spectrum sharing.

Graduate student develops and tests in-vehicle safety application on Interstate 66

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 00:00

The in-vehicle application has the potential to improve safety and save time.

First amateur radio in geosynchronous orbit will aid disaster communications

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 00:00

Researchers from the Hume Center are working to send an amateur radio transponder into geosynchronous orbit, which could help first responders communicate after natural disasters.

Peter Vikesland explores methods used for detecting environmental pollutant

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 00:00

The civil and environmental engineering professor is leading efforts to find methods to prevent widespread outbreaks.

Engineers discover precise mechanism underlies the sloppy way dogs raise water into their mouths

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 00:00

Using photography and laboratory simulations, researchers studied how dogs raise fluids into their mouths to drink. They discovered that sloppy-looking actions at the dog bowl are in fact high-speed, precisely timed movements -- surprisingly different from cat movements.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute wins $2.5 million contract for trucker safety study

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 00:00

Virginia Tech, along with subcontractors from Washington State University and SmartDrive, won a $2.5 million contract from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to study a flexible hours-of-service safety provision that will allow long-haul truck drivers to split their required sleeper berth time into shorter periods.

Bacterial battery fuels recovery of valuable commodities from wastewater

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 00:00

A wastewater treatment system developed at Virginia Tech combines two technologies to provide clean water, electricity, and ammonia -- a valuable agricultural commodity.