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multicellular organism
2014-09-26 07:55:55

Rayshell Clapper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For those involved in and interested in the history of life and its evolution - including the inception of multicellular eukaryotes (organism with cells) - Virginia Tech released some very exciting news recently. According to research conducted by Shuhai Xiao, a Virginia tech professor of geobiology, in conjunction with partners from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, there is new evidence that indicates complex multicellularity...

2014-09-25 12:22:19

HAMPTON, Va., Sept. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, will supply images of the future to brighten the fun and boost the learning at the first-ever Virginia Science Festival. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Set to take place Oct. 4-11 at locations across the commonwealth, the festival has been organized by the Science Museum of Western Virginia and Virginia Tech. It brings together the worlds of science,...

drinking water
2014-09-07 03:00:30

Lynn Nystrom, Virginia Tech Did you realize that there are more than 2 dozen flavors to water, not all of which are as yummy as say, rocky road ice cream? Would you like your glass of water with a little iron it? Or do you prefer a copper taste? Possibly manganese? Did you realize that there are more than two dozen flavors to water, not all of which are as yummy as say, rocky road ice cream? For several decades Andrea Dietrich, who trains utility staff and managers around the U.S....

Dr Terry Hrubec
2014-08-15 02:29:57

Michael Sutphin, Virginia Tech Virginia Tech researchers who were using a disinfectant when handling mice have discovered that two active ingredients in it cause declines in mouse reproduction. Although the chemicals responsible for the declines are common in household cleaning products and disinfectants used in medical and food preparation settings, including hand sanitizers, academic scientists have never published a rigorous study, until now, on their safety or toxicity. “It is...

2014-07-23 12:37:08

The collaboration centers on Cryptography in a changing technological landscape. SAN JOSE, Calif., July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A document from Intel highlights a successful, ongoing effort at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). As part of the Intel® Software Academic Program, researchers and teachers at Virginia Tech have access to a broad portfolio of business and technical tools in studying cryptography. Photo -...

2014-07-08 14:45:18

Virginia Tech Virginia Tech researchers discover which genetic changes pass the test of extremely different ecologies Scientists have long puzzled over the genetic differences between fruit flies that live hardly a puddle jump apart in a natural environment known as "Evolution Canyon" in Mount Carmel, Israel. Now, an international team of researchers led by scientists with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech has peered into the DNA of these closely related flies...

2014-06-30 08:29:21

Patented Additive Manufacturing Process Embeds Quantum Dots for Uncopyable Identification SAN MARCOS, Texas, June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Quantum Materials Corporation (OTCQB:QTMM) announces securing 3D printing and additive manufacturing anti-counterfeiting quantum dot detection technology developed at the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science and the Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) Laboratory at Virginia Tech....

2014-06-25 11:16:32

Virginia Tech Research review shows incentives slow rain forest encroachment The rate of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has declined. An international team of scientists, including one from Virginia Tech, reviewed published research about policy interventions and commodity market effects, and determined that positive incentives for farmers, counties, and states can do as much to preserve forests as public policies that call for penalties. "The challenge now is to build...

2014-06-24 11:02:30

Virginia Tech Exploiting individual genomes for personalized medicine may be more complicated than medical scientists have suspected, researchers at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have discovered. In a paper published in June in the journal Aging, scientists from the institute's Medical Informatics and Systems Division found that spontaneous mutations occur in our bodies constantly, but the rate of change differed dramatically among various people. The study has implications for...

Social Networks Of Endangered Indiana Bat Tapped Into To Aid In Habitat Management
2014-06-18 03:00:40

Lynn Davis, Virginia Tech Depending on habitat availability, the endangered Indiana bat may be able to use its social connections to survive a certain amount of roost destruction, according to research by scientists at Virginia Tech and The Ohio State University. Alexander Silvis of Lynchburg, Ohio, and Andrew Kniowski of Boones Mill, Virginia, both doctoral students in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, made findings from Ohio State field studies highly...


Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.