Latest Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Stories

2011-11-17 10:30:04

Creating new, improved pharmaceuticals is sometimes very similar to cracking the code of a combination lock. If you have the wrong numbers, the lock won´t open. Even worse, you don´t know if your numbers are close to the actual code or way off the mark. The only solution is to simply guess a new combination and try again. Similarly, when a newly created drug doesn´t bind well to its intended target, the drug won´t work. Scientists are then forced to go back to the lab,...

2011-10-18 09:15:39

Virginia Tech released today results from the first study ever to instrument child football helmets. Youth football helmets are currently designed to the same standards as adult helmets, even though little is known about how child football players impact their heads. This is the first study to investigate the head impact characteristics in youth football, and will greatly enhance the development of improved helmets specifically designed for children. The Auburn Eagles, a local, Montgomery...

2011-10-18 05:45:05

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Youth football helmets are currently designed the same as adult helmets, even though it isn´t known how child football players impact their heads. This novel study conducted at Virginia Tech investigates the head impact characteristics in youth football, and will greatly enhance the development of improved helmets specifically designed for children. The Auburn Eagles, a Montgomery County, Virginia youth team consisting of 6 to 8 year old boys, has...

2011-06-03 08:30:00

BLACKSBURG, Va., June 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Children in the mountain village of Ti Peligre, Haiti, needed safe passage across a treacherous river to reach school. To help, a dozen Virginia Tech students - determined to prevent more drownings - designed and helped build a 200-foot bridge. For as long as villagers could remember, people lost their lives when the rains came. River waters swelled, dashing to their deaths those who lost footing during crossing to reach an adjoining...

2011-04-22 10:00:00

SAN RAMON, Calif., April 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Paper invoices from phone companies account for the loss of millions of trees each year. Carriers typically send multiple invoices to businesses, by location or product, as opposed to a single invoice for all services and locations, and often customers don't have the option of suppressing pages of details, which results in even more waste. This is a reminder that you can do something about it and save your business money in the process....

2011-03-21 16:45:52

Rigorous bioinformatic analysis of the strengths, limitations published in Nature Biotechnology A software package designed to minimize the potential risks of synthetic biology for the nation's defense and security is now available to the gene synthesis industry and synthetic biology community in an open-source format. Virginia Tech has licensed GenoTHREAT, a software tool that helps detect the use of synthetic DNA as bioterrorism agents. Developed as an open-source project by a team led by...

2011-03-02 07:55:00

By examining historical data, statisticians in the College of Science at Virginia Tech have quantified biases that play a role in granting Division I at-large basketball teams inclusion in the NCAA March Madness Tournament. Assistant professors Leanna House and Scotland Leman found that in addition to the standard Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) used by the 10-member selection committee, biases such as the team's marquee and the strength of its schedule are also factors. "We wanted to quantify...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'