contents | winter 2013-14

Suddenly someday

Imagine unmanned aerial vehicles flying search-and-rescue missions or scanning acres of farmland to detect threats to crop health.

Of minnows and men

Every spring, the clear upland streams of eastern North America erupt in vivid shades of red, yellow, and blue.

Singing the power electronic

A low-energy Bluetooth device uses a few milliwatts of power, while a full-sized aircraft carrier requires gigawatts. But no matter the power needs of a machine, University Distinguished Professor Fred C. Lee can take care of it.

A bandage with smarts

A novel idea for a wound dressing that tests the patient's blood type may be able to save lives

Research Briefs

Short stories covering a gamut of discoveries about
- buckyballs
- neurofeedback
- a virtual game where characters fight a disease outbreak
- the mineral-making secrets of mollusks
- why trees don't "bleed" to death when they're injured



Editor: John Pastor

Art Directors: David Stanley '95, Tiffany Pruden

Senior Editor: Richard Lovegrove

Copy Editor: Kathy Acosta

Editor Emeritus: Susan Trulove

Contributors: Zeke Barlow, Shay Barnhart, Rosaire Bushey, Paula Byron, Lynn Davis, Bien Duong, Lindsay Key, Ken Kingery, Steven Mackay, Lynn Nystrom, Helen Thompson, Sue Steeves, Tiffany Trent, Susan Trulove

Photography: Michael Kiernan, Jim Stroup, Logan Wallace

Graphic Designer for online version: Kathy Acosta

Virginia Tech Research is a publication of the Office of the Vice President for Research; Robert Walters, Vice President for Research

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