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Block.one commits $3 million in collaboration with Virginia Tech to transform blockchain education

Block.one, a global leader in blockchain and publisher of the EOSIO blockchain software, has made an initial $3 million commitment to the Department of Computer Science in Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering to help students build skills in blockchain.


Stuarts Draft Retirement Community starts producing solar energy

Stuarts Draft Retirement Community and Christian Homes marked the installation of a new solar energy system in a ceremony on Saturday.


New sequencing technology helps researchers understand brain cell development

For many years, neuroscientists have focused on the role of neurons in brain development nearly to the exclusion of all else. Recent discoveries powered by genomic sequencing are standing accepted theories of brain development on their heads.

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Going green with your water bottle

Plastic water bottles were once ubiquitous on college campuses and beyond where people wanted to stay hydrated without buying wasteful single-use plastic water bottles.


Hands-on civic engagement to occur at second annual Charlottesville Civic Innovation Day

The second annual Charlottesville Civic Innovation Day will take place on June 2 from 9am – 6pm at CitySpace on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall. 

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Emerald ash borer coming to Charlottesville

The Emerald ash borer, or Agrilus planipennis is an invasive insect from Siberia that will damage and is expected to kill all untreated ash trees in our region in 1-3 years.

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AAA: Increasing crude oil prices push gas prices to highest level since 2014

Mid-Atlantic motorists continue to see gas prices take a bite out of their budget, as some local averages gain as much as six cents in the last seven days.

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Fishburne Military School marks 2018 commencement

Fishburne Military School’s 138th Session came to an end on Saturday and white hats flew into the sky following the Class of 2018’s Final Formation.

Virginia Tech researcher receives award to thwart email phishing attacks

Worldwide, billions of users have been affected by cyberattacks born of socially engineered email offensives that cause everything from mild inconveniences to putting human lives at risk when resources such as hospitals and government agencies are compromised. 

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New research explains larger-than-life perceptions of American chestnut

American chestnuts were once found in forests from Ontario to Alabama. This “redwood of the East” was often described as a towering giant, dominating forests throughout the East Coast. That all changed, however, with the introduction of chestnut blight.

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Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute wins award to develop test for mild traumatic brain injury, working with industry partners, University of Virginia

Scientists at two of Virginia’s largest universities, working with clinicians from the two major health systems and a growing Virginia-based biotechnology company, have teamed up to address an important medical challenge.

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Altenergy installs solar panels at Taylor and Boody Organbuilders

Taylor and Boody Organbuilders in Staunton has completed installation of a photovoltaic solar system to power their workshop. The 37kW, 109-panel system is expected to produce 46,251kW of power and offset approximately 75,885 lb. of CO2 emissions annually.

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Celtic concert at Castleton with Barnes & Hampton

Renowned Celtic musicians Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton will perform their “Spring Celtic Consort” Saturday, May 26, at 4 p.m., at Castleton.

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Route 629 in Shenandoah County reopens after sinkhole repair

Route 629 (Oranda Road) is back open to traffic in Shenandoah County following sinkhole repairs. The roadway had been closed since Wednesday evening between Route 660 (Timberlake Road) and Route 622 (Clary Road).

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Virginia Department of Health urges caution following heavy rains

Following heavy rain events this week, the Virginia Department of Health reminds people to take precautions to avoid flooded areas, and once the sun comes out, be aware of potential health risks before you participate in recreational water activities.


Virginia winter wheat production forecast to be up 23 percent

Virginia farmers expect to harvest 11.7 million bushels of winter wheat during 2018, 23 percent more than a year ago, according to a recent yield survey.

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May is National Bicycle Safety Month: DMV urges motorists to share the road

As part of National Bicycle Safety Month, the Virginia DMV urges bicyclists and drivers alike to respect the rules of the road – and fellow road users.

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Bridgewater College approves master of arts in digital media strategy

The board of trustees at Bridgewater College has approved the establishment of the college’s second master’s degree program—the interdisciplinary master of arts in digital media strategy.


Start preparing for hurricane season now

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017 were stark reminders of the need for preventive action before a storm.

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First installment of Albemarle County 2018 tax payments due Tuesday, June 5

Payments for the first installment of the 2018 Albemarle County personal property and real estate taxes are due Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

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Charlottesville Parks & Rec “Super Hero Fun Run” event to be held Friday

Charlottesville Parks & Rec will hold its second annual 2.5K Superhero Fun Run event on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Pen Park located at 1400 Pen Park Road.  


Virginia Tech economist describes ways blockchain technology will change how we allocate credit

In our lifetime we will see many of the traditional banks and credit reporting systems become irrelevant as blockchain technology brings about a radical transformation of the institutional nature of our banking system – a system that is based on a centralized ledger to manage transactions, says Virginia Tech economist David Bieri.


Charlottesville: Storm event debris collection scheduled for May 21 to June 15

The City of Charlottesville Public Works Department will be providing a free storm debris pickup service for all city residents beginning on Monday, May 21st. This is a single event effort due to the intensity of the storm on May 10th and the associated damage.


Exotic tick found on cattle farm in Virginia

The National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, has confirmed the finding of the Haemaphysalis longicornis tick (otherwise known as the East Asian or Longhorned tick) in Virginia. The tick appeared on an orphaned calf on a beef farm in Albemarle County.

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Appeals court orders halt on work on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

A three-judge federal appeals panel has found that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s Biological Opinion required to certify the Atlantic Coast Pipeline did not meet minimum legal standards, throwing the status of the project into question.