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Tracking fluid flow in tumors, tissues drives new Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC scientist

As an undergraduate studying chemical engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans, near the heart of oil country, Jennifer Munson modeled how fluids move through pipes.

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Renowned aerosol scientist Linsey Marr to speak at 10th annual Delta Dental lecture

Linsey C. Marr, the Charles P. Lunsford Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, will give the 10th annual Delta Dental Oral Health Endowed Lecture virtually on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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Cybersecurity expert offers safety tips for online holiday shopping

The surge for online shopping brings heightened cybersecurity risks for consumers this holiday season during the COVID-19 pandemic. Virginia Tech expert Aaron Brantly shares some safety tips for preventing online scams.

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GIANT, MARTIN’s hosting food drives to help local food banks

The GIANT Company is hosting a food drive to further stock the shelves of community hunger relief organizations.

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Virginia gas prices pushing slightly upward heading into December

Virginia gas prices have risen 3.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.07/gallon today, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 4,081 stations.

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EarthTalk: Invasive Cheatgrass takes over American desert

Cheatgrass is an annual grass native to Europe and eastern Asia that European settlers brought to North America in the late 1800s as forage for grazing their livestock.

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The Inn at Virginia Tech celebrates 15 years of Hokie Stone, hospitality

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center is young when compared with Virginia Tech’s nearly 150-year legacy.

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Virginia farmers grow millions of poinsettias for the holidays: $10.3M business

Besides fresh Christmas trees, few florae exemplify the holiday spirit like poinsettias—and local growers are ready for the season.

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Blue Ridge Area Food Bank asks community to make GivingTuesday a Giving FoodDay

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, with the support of Kroger, can double the impact of donors who make an online gift at brafb.org, allowing supporters to make their GivingTuesday a Giving FoodDay.

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How to celebrate Thanksgiving in the midst of toxic politics, COVID-19 lockdowns

If ever there were a year filled with an abundance of bad news and a shortage of good news, 2020 would take the prize.

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Average price of Thanksgiving meal in Virginia at $60.33: First decrease since 2016

Virginians will be able to feed their families a Thanksgiving meal for just over $6 per person this year, according to an informal price survey conducted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.

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Best Instagram feeds to follow if you’re into environmental activism

It’s amazing how dominant Instagram has become in the world of social media. Eco-advocates would be remiss to not make use of it to raise awareness and spur action on behalf of the planet.

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SCC: Important to protect yourself financially during this year’s holiday season

With the holiday season quickly approaching, there is no time like the present to review your insurance coverage.

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Great American Smokeout: Salem VA encourages veterans to quit smoking

The Department of Veterans Affairs is encouraging veterans to take the first step to stop smoking as part of the annual Great American Smokeout to improve their physical and mental health by combining cessation counseling with other VA clinical resources and support.

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BBB Scam Alert: Social media gift exchange is an illegal pyramid scheme

A “Secret Santa” around the office, friends, and family can be fun. A gift exchange among online friends you haven’t met, well, that’s a little different and carries a heftier consequence.

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Miss Virginia partners with Virginia ABC to teach students about making smart choices

Miss Virginia Dot Kelly will promote healthy choices and substance use prevention to students in Virginia elementary schools as part of a Virginia ABC education and prevention program.

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Don’t call the cops: Especially if your loved ones are old, disabled or have special needs

There are some things that don’t change. Even as the nation grapples with the twin distractions of political theater and a viral pandemic, there are still deadlier forces at play.

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Climate Action of the Valley: Climate, energy news roundup for Nov. 15

Climate Action Alliance of the Valley produces The Weekly Roundup of Climate and Energy News. Excerpts from a recent Roundup follow; full Roundup is here.

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Jury convicts Virginia doctor in scheme to perform unnecessary surgeries on women

A federal jury convicted a Chesapeake doctor on 52 counts related to his scheme to bill private and governmental insurers millions of dollars for irreversible hysterectomies and other surgeries and procedures that were not medically necessary for his patients.

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Rural communities often left behind when economic development comes to town

Following a 40-year career in development economics, Virginia Tech Professor George Norton celebrates the world’s progress in reducing poverty, but acknowledges the need to abate a corresponding trend of growing economic inequality.

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Tick maps: Merging epidemiological data with technology

Picture a residential neighborhood, the houses built on acres of former farmland. Nearby, a few grassy areas are left to grow wild, allowing birds and small mammals places to shelter.

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Dominion Energy announces support for Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

Dominion Energy has declared its support for the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, which provides guidance to organizations on providing information to investors, lenders, insurers, and others on the business risks and opportunities presented by climate change.

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Virginia allocating $120M in payment support for customers impacted by COVID-19

Virginia is directing a total of $120 million for residential and non-residential utility customers impacted by the ongoing public health crisis.

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Winter wheat, barley planted amid fluctuating weather in Virginia

Rain-saturated soil may have interrupted the plantings of winter small grains in Virginia, but farmers report crop conditions so far are good.

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Virginia to offer nutrient management training school in December

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation will offer a two-part nutrient management training school in December.