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2010-12-08 02:12:38

When an antibiotic is consumed, researchers have learned that up to 90 percent passes through a body without metabolizing. This means the drugs can leave the body almost intact through normal bodily functions. In the case of agricultural areas, excreted antibiotics can then enter stream and river environments through a variety of ways, including discharges from animal feeding operations, fish hatcheries, and nonpoint sources such as the flow from fields where manure or biosolids have been...

2010-12-06 23:07:01

A well-known paper-based medical chart used by pediatric emergency personnel across America is undergoing a 21st century boost in an collaborative effort between Virginia Tech's College of Engineering, Roanoke-based Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital, and the physician who created the original method some 25 years ago. The Broselow Pediatric Emergency Tape "“ otherwise known as the Broselow Tape -- has been a staple of ERs and child trauma units for nearly three decades. Created by...

2010-11-23 12:30:36

Using hyperthermia, Virginia Tech engineering researchers and a colleague from India unveiled a new method to target and destroy cancerous cells. The research was presented at the 63rd annual meeting of the American Physical Society Nov. 23 in Long Beach, Calif. The cancer treatment uses hyperthermia to elevate the temperature of tumor cells, while keeping the surrounding healthy tissue at a lower degree of body heat. The investigators used both in vitro and in vivo experiments to confirm...

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2010-11-23 12:00:00

A researcher at Virginia Tech has been studying an unusual breed of Asian snake that can glide long distances in the air in order to unlock its secrets. The "flying snakes" of Southeast Asia, India and southern China are able to glide in the air without fixed wings.  Video of the reptiles show they undulate from side to side to create an aerodynamic system.  It allows the snakes to travel from the top of the biggest trees in the region to a spot about 780 feet away from the tree's...

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2010-11-22 08:18:53

Scientists are investigating new combined therapies to deliver cancer treatments that target only the tumor without damaging normal tissue The treatment of cancer has greatly improved in the last few decades, and according to the National Cancer Institute, the overall incidence has declined since 1999. Despite these facts, most patients see the diagnosis of cancer as synonymous with a high probability of death and potentially drastic treatments including aggressive surgery, radiotherapy and...

2010-11-18 09:06:00

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Nov. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- ERIS Technologies, LLC, announced today that it has entered into a public-private partnership with Virginia Tech and L-3 STRATIS to co-develop an integrated security and incident management center of excellence at Virginia Tech's campus in Blacksburg, Va. This landmark initiative establishes a new infrastructure for fostering continuous development and advancement in the field of campus and facility security and management. The center will...

2010-11-15 21:32:25

Many plants, including crops, release volatiles in response to insect attack. The chemical compounds can be a defense or can be an aromatic call for help to attract enemies of the attacking insect. Researchers from Virginia Tech, Michigan State University, and Georg-August-University Göttingen have discovered how plants produce the defensive compounds. The research is reported this week in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article,...

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2010-11-12 06:00:00

It's an occurrence that happens so fast it cannot be followed by the human eye.  However, researchers at MIT, Virginia Tech and Princeton University announced on Thursday that they have solved the mystery of how cats lap liquids with such elegance. Using high-speed cameras, the researchers found that domestic cats and larger felines like tigers use their tongues to delicately draw up water without breaking the surface of the liquid, harnessing a perfect balance between the physical...

2010-11-11 22:25:18

A new research study co-spearheaded by Virginia Tech researchers highlights problems with some brass products in plumbing systems that can leach high levels of lead into drinking water, even in brand new buildings "“ and suggests that such problems may often go undetected. Lead is heavy metal that can harm the nervous system and brain development, and is especially dangerous for pregnant women, infants and children. The study, published in the November 2010 issue of the Journal of the...

2010-11-01 21:03:49

One of the serious threats to a user's computer is a software program that might cause unwanted keystroke sequences to occur in order to hack someone's identity. This form of an attack is increasing, infecting enterprise and personal computers, and caused by "organized malicious botnets," said Daphne Yao, assistant professor of computer science at Virginia Tech (http://www.cs.vt.edu/user/115). To combat the "spoofing attacks," Yao and her former student, Deian Stefan, now a graduate student...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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