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2011-06-22 13:27:44

Stretching could improve efficiency of material used in batteries, fuel cells and water purification Researchers at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. recently found a way to improve electricity generating fuel cells, potentially making them more efficient, powerful and less expensive. Specifically, they discovered a way to speed up the flow and filtering of water or ions, which are necessary for fuel cells to operate. Simply put, the researchers stretched Nafion, a polymer electrolyte...

2011-06-20 13:09:41

Designing new materials depends upon understanding the properties of today's materials. One such material, Nafion ©, is a polymer that efficiently conducts ions (a polymer electrolyte) and water through its nanostructure, making it important for many energy-related industrial applications, including in fuel cells, organic batteries, and reverse-osmosis water purification. But since Nafion was invented 50 years ago, scientists have only been able to speculate about how to...

2011-06-17 07:00:00

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Students from Virginia Tech University learned last night that their teamwork, perseverance and hard work have led to top honors when they were named the overall winners of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge after designing and building an exceptional extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) using E85 (ethanol). Throughout the three-year competition, the Virginia Tech team hit incremental goals that helped the vehicle achieve fuel efficiency of 81.9...

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...

2011-06-03 12:03:44

Fast muscles, such as the thigh muscle in a sprinter, deliver energy quickly but fatigue quickly. Slow muscles, such as the soleus muscle in the lower calf, are less forceful but important for posture and endurance. Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Virginia Tech have discovered one gene regulator that maintains the fast muscle type and inhibits the development of a slow muscle type. The research was posted in the Proceedings of the National Academy of...

2011-04-29 13:47:00

Researchers Showcase Latest Automotive Innovations for the Next Generation of Mobility BELMONT, Calif., April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thanks to cutting-edge research being conducted at the Volkswagen Group Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL), tomorrow's drivers may be able to interact with their cars more easily. Future drivers' cars may be able to process information and provide guidance on how to spend less time in traffic, save fuel or even stay safer while driving. Top...

2011-04-19 22:52:36

Jamie Tyler, assistant professor in the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, has been invited to speak at a Royal Society of London high level workshop on May 11-12 on the security implications of advances in neuroscience. The workshop is part of a four-part policy study on neuroscience and society called Brain Waves. This third module, entitled Neuroscience, conflict and security...

2011-04-07 19:00:00

HOUSTON, April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. (NYSE: KRA), a leading global producer of styrenic block copolymers or "SBCs," is pleased to announce that the American Chemical Society (ACS) has selected Dr. Carl Willis of Kraton Polymers and Prof. Timothy Long of Virginia Tech as recipients of the 2011 Cooperative Research Award in Polymer Science and Engineering. The award, sponsored by the Eastman Kodak Company (endowed by Eastman Kodak in 1992; an ACS...

2011-03-31 13:22:08

Everyone would like MDs to have the best education "“ and to absorb what they are taught. The lead article in the April 4 issue of the journal Academic Medicine* connects research on how the brain learns to how to incorporate this understanding into real world education, particularly the education of doctors. "Repetition, reward, and visualization are tried and true teaching strategies. Now, knowing what is happening in the brain will enhance teaching and learning," said Michael J....

2011-03-31 10:15:00

DISPUTANTA, Va., March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and the presidents of the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University today joined with executives from some of the world's biggest names in manufacturing to officially break ground for the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), a unique collaborative research facility in Prince George County, Virginia, that promises to accelerate the transfer of laboratory innovations...


Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'