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Virginia Tech Transportation Institute launches effort to make traveling through traffic lights safer, smarter and cheaper

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers’ new project could change the way motorists navigate through traffic lights, making the everyday action safer, smarter, and cheaper – the last by cutting fuel costs and likewise reducing pollution.


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Virginia Tech scientists to examine antibiotic resistance in food chain from farm to fork

Growing evidence suggests that agricultural practices, especially widespread antibiotic use, could be contributing to the increasing antibiotic resistance problem in humans.


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Scientists embark on expedition to Antarctica to study temperature effects on the brain

A team of scientists with the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute will travel to Antarctica to find out, for the first time, how rising temperatures affect the brains and hearts of the icefish – and what it means for the rest of the world.


Successful ecological restoration must meet more robust standards

In a succession of international agreements, most recently the 2014 U.N. Climate Summit, governments worldwide have pledged to restore degraded ecosystems to address climate change.


Virginia Tech researchers say a mosquito sex-determining gene could help fight dengue fever

Males aren’t relevant — at least when it comes to disease transmission by mosquitoes. Researchers with the Fralin Life Science Institute at Virginia Tech have identified a gene responsible for sex determination in mosquitoes that transmit yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya viruses.


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Multiple sclerosis: Scientists ID cause of movement, balance problems

New research into the causes of the excessive inflammation that drives multiple sclerosis has identified a faulty “brake” within immune cells, a brake that should be controlling the inflammation.


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Virginia Tech researcher shines light on origin of bioluminescence

A Virginia Tech scientist has discovered that bioluminescence may not have originated as a means to ward off predators, but instead evolved as a way to survive in harsh climates — at least in one millipede.


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‘Junk DNA’ holds key to a new detection method for ovarian cancer

Researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute of Virginia Tech have discovered new possibilities for detecting ovarian cancer using microsatellite variations.


Aerospace, turbine companies work with Virginia Tech for research solutions

More systems are coming on line at the Advanced Propulsion and Power Lab at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, officials said this week.


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Virginia Agricultural Council announces research grants

At its recent meeting in March, the Virginia Agricultural Council (VAC) reviewed research project proposals and funded 21 new projects totaling almost $220,000, as well as more than $45,000 for four new projects for lawn and turf research. It also extended funding for a second year on five projects totaling nearly $50,000.


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Bridgewater College celebrates ASPIRE Week April 26-May 1

Bridgewater College is recognizing academic achievement during a week of activities dedicated to showcasing excellence. ASPIRE (A Celebration of the Arts, Scholarship, Performance, Innovation and Research Excellence), will be held Sunday, April 26 – Friday, May 1.


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UVA identifies a surprising contributor to Rett syndrome

The immune system is designed to protect us from disease. But what if it was malfunctioning? Would it make a disease worse? That appears to be the case with Rett syndrome.


Virginia Tech gets jump on destructive moth in Nepal

A tiny moth, Tuta absoluta, has caused millions of dollars of crop losses in Europe, Mediterranean countries, the Middle East, and North Africa.


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VCU receives $1.9 million grant to research chemical compounds for treating addiction

Drug development research by Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy associate professor Yan Zhang, Ph.D., at the Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine has been renewed by the National Institutes of Health for the next five years with funding of $1.9 million.


Discovery in alternative energy production by Virginia Tech researchers may be breakthrough for fueling hydrogen vehicles

A team of Virginia Tech researchers discovered a way to create hydrogen fuel using a biological method that greatly reduces the time and money it takes to produce the zero-emissions fuel.


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Don’t let complex language keep you from drinking tap water, researchers say

With the rise in bottled water and sugary beverage alternatives, regular tap water is struggling to make its way into the daily U.S. diet.


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UVA second-year trio nabs major science research awards

Research into blood vessel growth, inorganic synthetic chemistry and studying dopamine and the biological clock has netted three University of Virginia second-year students prestigious research awards.


Skin microbiome may hold answers to protect threatened golden frogs from lethal fungus

A team of scientists including Virginia Tech researchers is one step closer to understanding how bacteria on a frog’s skin affects its likelihood of contracting disease.


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VCU experts, colleagues explain dangers of hookah smoking

In an upcoming special supplement to the journal Tobacco Control, researchers from around the world will explain the past decade of research on waterpipe tobacco smoking — or what is commonly known as hookah, narghile or arghile smoking.


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New discovery about beliefs could prove a useful tool in addiction treatment

Two identical cigarettes led to a discovery by scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Study participants inhaled nicotine, yet they showed significantly different brain activity. Why the difference? Some subjects were told their cigarettes were nicotine free.


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UVA prevents diabetic heart condition by amplifying effect of exercise

A researcher at the University of Virginia School of Medicine has magnified a benefit of exercise in mice to provide a “profound” protection from diabetic cardiomyopathy, a potentially deadly heart condition that affects many people with diabetes.


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New agreement with Navy guides diverse research to UVA

The University of Virginia’s Applied Research Institute has signed an agreement with the Navy Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division to support a variety of research efforts, including work in the area of cyber security and big data analytics.


Penta-graphene, a new structural variant of carbon, discovered

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and universities in China and Japan have discovered a new structural variant of carbon called penta-graphene – a very thin sheet of pure carbon that has a unique structure inspired by a pentagonal pattern of tiles found paving the streets of Cairo.


VCU researcher receives NSF grant to extend lifespan of Li-ion batteries

A VCU professor has received a five-year, $505,000 award from the National Science Foundation to make lithium-ion batteries — which power electric vehicles and portable electronic devices — far more efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly.