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Scientists use 'insect perfumes' to lure stink bugs to expendable crops

Tue, 03/15/2016 - 00:00
In Virginia, crops like sweet corn, wine, grapes, and apples have been under attack by the invasive brown marmorated stink bug since 2004 and cabbage has been affected by its similarly stinky cousin, the harlequin bug.

With rare earth minerals in short supply, researchers seek ways to extract them from coal

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 12:00
The pilot effort is important because rare earth materials, used to create powerful permanent magnets in products as common as computer hard drives to electric motors, are in increasingly short supply.

Virginia Tech students, Flint citizens work together to build community

Sun, 03/13/2016 - 01:00
Watch a video, view a photo gallery and read about how the team of students, researchers, and citizens spent hours each day making phone calls and visiting homes.

Award-winning app reveals where resources are most needed in weather emergencies

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 01:00
Taking first prize in the national Climate Change and Environmental Exposures Challenge, a Virginia Tech-developed app could help policy-makers prep for severe weather events by identifying at-risk populations.

Chemistry team develops gel electrolyte that shows promise for safer, higher-density batteries

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 01:00
College of Science researchers have developed a prototype polymer-ion gel that could solve two of the battery industry’s most difficult problems: risk of fire and limited charge storage capacity.