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2009-11-24 15:31:35

Cell fragments called platelets are essential to promote blood clotting. Virginia Tech faculty members and students have discovered novel molecular interactions at the surface of platelets that control blood clotting. The Virginia Tech researchers describe how platelets perform this life-saving magic in the November 24 (8 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time) online issue of the journal PLoS ONE (Public Library of Science) in the article "Sulfatides Partition Disabled-2 in Response to Platelet Activation,"...

2009-11-06 13:30:16

Researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech and Montana State University have discovered a fungal protein that plays a key role in causing disease in plants and animals and which also shields the pathogen from oxidative stress. The researchers have found that the fungal protein TmpL is critical for the infection of host tissue and helps these pathogens regulate oxidative stress responses that are caused by the presence of destructive reactive oxygen species, a...

2009-10-22 11:14:37

In the course of doing research on the mosquito-borne pathogens chikungunya virus (CHIKV) and o' nyong-nyong virus (ONNV), Virginia Tech researchers have discovered an inconvenient truth about an assay, strand-specific quantitative real-time PCR (ssqPCR), increasingly being used to detect and measure replicating viral RNA in infected cells and tissues. The method most labs are using for ssqPCR is unreliable. The research appears in the Wednesday, October 14, 2009, issue of PLoS ONE, in the...

2009-10-16 13:51:00

BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Harold "Skip" Garner has been named executive director of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech. Garner joins VBI from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW), where he was professor of Biochemistry and Internal Medicine and the Philip O'Bryan Montgomery Jr., M.D. Distinguished Chair in Developmental Biology. Before coming to UTSW in 1994, Garner served as a senior staff scientist and founder of...

2009-10-12 09:51:00

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Through contributions of technology and engineering know-how from Siemens, Virginia Tech's entry is more competitive than ever at this year's Solar Decathlon, now underway on the National Mall in Washington DC. Virginia Tech's entry will be among 20 solar-powered, zero energy homes on display from colleges and universities across the country and Europe. The Solar Decathlon is an international event in which the Department of Energy (DOE)...

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2009-10-07 09:05:00

Theresa M. Reineke, associate professor of chemistry in the College of Science, and colleagues in her lab at Virginia Tech and at the University of Cincinnati have developed a new molecule that can travel into cells, deliver genetic cargo, and packs a beacon so scientists can follow its movements in living systems. "My lab has been trying to find a way to deliver genetic-based drugs into cells." said Reineke. Scientists worldwide are using information from the human genome project as an...

2009-10-03 16:13:29

Tyrod Taylor's two touchdown passes Saturday helped sixth-ranked Virginia Tech down stubborn Duke 34-26 in an ACC tussle at Durham, N.C. Taylor completed 17-of-22 passes for 327 yards, with his first-half scoring passes of 36 yards to Danny Coale and 28 yards to Jarrett Boykin leading Tech to a 17-10 lead at the break. Josh Oglesby gained 59 yards on six carries with two second-half touchdown runs. Ryan Williams rushed for 83 yards on 24 carries for the Hokies (4-1, 2-0 ACC), who have won...

2009-09-19 19:01:16

Danny Coale's 81-yard catch with a minute to play set up Dyrell Roberts' TD with 21 seconds left Saturday in Virginia Tech's 16-15 win over Nebraska. The win over No. 19 Nebraska was No. 14 Virginia Tech's 32nd consecutive non-conference home victory. Coale's 81-yard reception catch accounted for nearly one-third of Virginia Tech's 278 total yards of offense and most of the second-half yardage (141) for the Hokies (2-1). Tyrod Taylor completed only 12-of-27 passes for 192 yards and a...

2009-09-12 18:18:06

Ryan Williams amassed 164 yards and three touchdowns on just 16 carries Saturday in No. 15 Virginia Tech's 52-10 rout of Marshall. Tyrod Taylor passed for 161 yards and two scores and added 58 yards on the ground for the Hokies (1-1). David Wilson rushed for 165 yards and a TD on 12 carries. Danny Coale added a 43-yard catch and Dyrell Roberts and Xavier Boyce each had a TD reception for Virginia Tech. Brian Anderson had 116 yards on 15-of-31 passes for the Thundering Herd (1-1). Darius...

2009-09-11 12:06:00

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- U Car Share is expanding its growth as it partners with Virginia Tech by launching the alternative to vehicle ownership in Blacksburg, Virginia. U Car Share allows members access to cars 24/7, thus eliminating the need to own a car or bring one to campus during the school year. Members pay only for what they use, in one low hourly rate starting at $4.95 per hour (plus $0.59 per mile). U Car Share takes care of fuel, insurance and...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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