contents | summer 2015
Age-old traditions are fading on the savannah. For the Maasai, the cell phone helps protect herds and villages and, like national parks, is an agent of change.
This isn’t just cattle feed. Brewers’ leftovers may reap environmentally friendly capsules, coatings, and food additives.
Maybe you can imagine homes that are built like cars and are as intuitive and advanced as smartphones. If you can’t imagine it, take a look at the FutureHAUS, conceived by Virginia Tech faculty and students.
An international genomics expert discusses personalized medicine, science in the cinema, and four questions people should ask before deeply peering into their own DNA.
Apple and Amazon got started in the great American garage. Virginia Tech has garage-to-greatness stories, too, this one featuring Tracy Wilkins during an early stop on his way toward the Virginia Tech Faculty Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.
The discovery provides new unerstanding about the formation of the Earth's continental crust.
Bats’ uncanny abilities capture the imaginations of researchers trying to learn from their supersensory powers.
Parasitic plants infect hosts with messenger RNA in previously unknown communication.
The flight was a step toward making aerial inspections of energy pipelines safer and more economical.
Short items on these topics:
• Researcher shines light on origin of bioluminesence
• Beliefs can be just as powerful as nicotine
• Scientists turbocharge genome-editing tool
• New study focuses on truck driver safety, fatigue