contents | summer 2009

Engineers seek to stem massive, deadly flow of heart disease

Advanced Experimental Thermofluid Engineering Research Laboratory builds tools to diagnose, treat heart disease

Beauty and quiet revealed at the boundaries of a major city

There are no views of well-known District of Columbia landmarks from boundary markers placed more than 200 years ago.

Strawberry fields forever?

Scientists are learning how to make some of the everyday fruits we eat even more nutritious.


EVERYONE has questions about the economy

What caused the financial industry meltdown and why is it so widespread? Researchers will be exploring the issue for years to come.

A little bit of polysaccharide helps the medicine go down

Polysaccharides from natural sources can make drugs more bioavailable – so they are soluble, can enter the bloodstream, and go where they are needed with fewer side effects and waste.

Hokie daylily a winner

Researchers develop blue-ribbon daylily with Hokie colors

When and how did life on earth become so big?

Just in time for the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, scientists have uncovered more clues about the pace at which life evolved.


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