Posts Tagged Virginia Tech

American Chestnut Trees Grew Taller in People’s Memories


American Chestnut in Warspur, Virginia with a dead, broken, main trunk and live small sprouts. The non-hybrid sprouts will soon succumb to the blight, which is still in the environment.

The American Chestnut tree has mythic stature in tree lore. Today the old giants of people’s memories are long gone from the landscape, wiped out by an Asian blight a hundred years ago. And even though they still loom large in the history and culture of Appalachia, new research suggests, their mythic proportions are likely, just that. Robbie Harris reports.

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Canine Brain Cancer Treatment May Help Humans


Bentley is a Boxer with brain cancer being treated at Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg. (Credit: Alyson Taylor)

A treatment being tested for brain cancer in dogs may one day help humans with the same disease. Clinical trials at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg are showing promising results and a new round of trials is set to start early next year. Robbie Harris reports.

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Traffic Light Dilemma: How Close Should You Get to the Car in Front of You?


Credit: Kenny Louie / Flickr

Right now, you might be sitting at a stop light, inching forward to make it through the intersection on the next green signal. Researchers at Virginia Tech recently did some work that might get you through faster. Nick Gilmore has details.


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Useful Drones? Unpiloted Vehicles’ Safety being Measured

image_1Drones are taking off as the ‘go-to’ option for, well, just about everything. Right now, FAA rules prohibit unpiloted aircraft from flying over people, but that’s changing. Robbie Harris has more.

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Key Ingredient In Craft Beer Boom Finally Taking Off In Virginia

craftbeerVirginia’s beer industry is booming. Some brewers wonder, though, if the state is doing enough to nurture homegrown brewers and the local farmers who want to supply them the grain. Jessie Knadler reports.

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Blacksburg Vigil for Charlottesville



Across Virginia, people gathered to remember those killed and injured in Saturday’s violence. In Blacksburg, the Coalition for Justice held a vigil against hate in solidarity with counter protesters in Charlottesville. Robbie Harris was there.

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Blacksburg Based Company Completes Road Trip with Self Driving Car


The TORC self-driving car in front of Virginia’s Executive Mansion Wednesday, at the end of its cross-country road trip. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

More than ten years ago, a small team of students and engineers from Virginia Tech won big at a national contest for software that allowed a car to drive all on its own.

That technology has since grown into a successful Blacksburg-based company that’s on the cutting edge of self-driving technology.

The company just completed its first cross-country road trip, and Mallory Noe-Payne was there as they pulled into their final stop.

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Group Meeting at Virginia Tech Aims to Grow Engineering Degrees


Members of the NSBE’s Region IV pose for a picture during this week’s National Leadership Conference. (Credit: Da’Jah Jones / RADIO IQ)

Top leaders of the National Society of Black Engineers are meeting this week at Virginia Tech to discuss how to drastically increase the number of black engineering degrees. Nick Gilmore stopped by and filed this report.


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CubeFest to Crank the Sound Way Beyond ’11’

Virginia Tech, Center for the Arts

Virginia Tech, Center for the Arts, Location: Blacksburg VA, Architect: Snohetta

“Spatial Music” is an immersive roomful of sound that is so new it can be heard in only a few places on the planet. One of them is Blacksburg, Virginia, where you’ll find a venue called “The Cube” at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech.  This week, a three-day “spatial music festival” will explore the new medium with a concert series and workshops. Robbie Harris has more on what this new venue, and its 2 tons of audio equipment, can do.

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