Virginia Tech, (VT) was established as a land grant university in 1872, located in Blackburn, Virginia. VT offers 80 bachelor degree programs, 140 master's degree programs and doctoral degree programs in eight colleges. The student body is over 30,700 students. Notable departments include, Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Environmental Engineering. The School of Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering are rated highly by ranking panels. VT is in the process of opening graduate degree programs in the Middle East and Africa. Currently, VT operates in the Dominican Republic and Switzerland.
Enzyme cocktail could eliminate a step in biofuel process
Conversion of biomass to fuel requires several steps: chemical pretreatment to break up the biomass often dilute (sulfuric) acid, detoxification to remove the toxic chemicals required in pretreatment, and microbial ...
Future cruise control to have environmental, safety features
(Phys.org)—The cruise control on your auto can ease a long trip and keep you out of trouble by preventing you from speeding, if you have set it at the legal speed limit. As new cars are being outfitted with GPS, a predictive ...
March Madness: Statisticians quantify entry biases
By examining historical data, statisticians in the College of Science at Virginia Tech have quantified biases that play a role in granting Division I at-large basketball teams inclusion in the NCAA March Madness Tournament.
Comparison of genomes of plant parasites provides solid clues for response
As plant scientists unravel the genomes of plant pathogens, comparisons can be made of the different and not-so-different invasion strategies for the organisms that threaten crops. John McDowell, associate professor of plant ...
Researchers propose new solution to ensure biofuel plants don't become noxious weeds
Raising plants for biofuels is many farmers' dream. The lucrative crops grow with a minimal amount of work and can be harvested using existing equipment. However, some plants that are ideal for bioenergy production come with ...
Researchers model genome copying-collating steps during cell division
Researchers from Virginia Tech and Oxford University have proposed a novel molecular mechanism for the living cell's remarkable ability to detect the alignment of replicated chromosomes on the mitotic spindle in the final ...
Video: Scientists work to stop moth from destroying world's tomato crop
In countries around the world, a tiny insect is wreaking havoc on farms and threatening to push up the price of tomatoes. At a recent workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, scientists gathered to learn more about the tomato ...
Open-source software designed to minimize synthetic biology risks
A software package designed to minimize the potential risks of synthetic biology for the nation's defense and security is now available to the gene synthesis industry and synthetic biology community in an open-source format.
Size of airborne flu virus impacts risk, researchers say
A parent's wise advice to never go to a hospital unless you want to get sick may be gaining support from scientific studies on a specific airborne virus.
Social media can help auto manufacturers find vehicle defects, researchers say
Can social media postings by consumers be a source of useful information about vehicle safety and performance defects for automobile manufacturers?