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This is how some snakes can fly

Some snakes have evolved the ability to glide through the air. For example, paradise tree snakes in southeastern Asia can launch off from a branch and fly as far as 10 meters. Scientists have known that the snakes flatten their bodies to gain lift but new research reveals that they also undulate their bodies as they're gliding in order to remain stable. Johns Hopkins University mechanical engineer Isaac Yeaton and colleagues from Virginia Tech put reflective tape on snakes' bodies and then use...
Tags: Asia, Post, Video, Science, News, Biology, Snakes, Evolution, Virginia Tech, Johns Hopkins University, Altitude Not Attitude, Flying Snakes, Isaac Yeaton, Gihan Jayaweera CC BY SA


New 3D model shows how the paradise tree snake uses aerial undulation to fly

For more than 20 years, Virginia Tech biomedical engineering and mechanics professor Jake Socha has sought to measure and model the biomechanics of snake flight and answer questions about them, like that of aerial undulation's functional role.
Tags: Science, Virginia Tech, Jake Socha


Virginia Tech scientists confirm usually harmless virus attacks the heart's electrical system

Virginia Tech researchers studying how a usually benign virus attacks the human heart with sometimes fatal consequences determined that the virus disrupts the heart's electrical system -- and with dual impacts not previously recognized.
Tags: Science, Virginia Tech


Virginia Tech research provides new explanation for neutrino anomalies in Antarctica

A new research paper co-authored by a Virginia Tech assistant professor of physics provides a new explanation for two recent strange events that occurred in Antarctica -- high-energy neutrinos appearing to come up out of the Earth on their own accord and head skyward.
Tags: Science, Earth, Antarctica, Virginia Tech


Search-and-rescue algorithm identifies hidden'traps' in ocean waters

Researchers at MIT, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and Virginia Tech have developed a technique that they hope will help first responders quickly zero in on regions of the sea where missing objects or people are likely to be.
Tags: Science, Virginia Tech


Virginia Tech researchers link rare medical condition to its cause

Using CRISPR genome editing in zebrafish, scientists with the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC linked an undiagnosed human disease with a rare genetic mutation that causes craniofacial abnormalities. The research began after a study of a 6-year-old girl identified through the National Institutes of Health Undiagnosed Diseases Program.
Tags: Science, National Institutes of Health, Virginia Tech, VTC, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute


Virginia Tech's fog harp harvests water even in the lightest fog

'We already knew that in heavy fog, we can get at least two times as much water,' said Boreyko. 'But realizing in our field tests that we can get up to 20 times more water on average in a moderate fog gives us hope we can dramatically enhance the breadth of regions where fog harvesting is a viable tool for getting decentralized, fresh water.'
Tags: Science, Virginia Tech, Boreyko


Viruses don't have a metabolism; but some have the building blocks for one

'Giant viruses' are many times larger than typical viruses and have more complex genomes. Using publicly available metagenome data, researchers at Virginia Tech assembled genomes for more than 500 giant viruses and found a surprising number of genes for cellular metabolic cycles, including glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, and the TCA cycle. Viruses may deploy these genes to rewire their hosts' metabolism upon infection, expanding their ecological influence and blurring the distinction between viruse...
Tags: Science, Tca, Virginia Tech


Virginia Tech scientists reveal brain tumors impact normally helpful cells

Unprovoked recurrent seizures are a serious problem affecting most patients who suffer from glioma, a primary brain tumor composed of malignant glial cells. Fralin Biomedical Research Institute researchers tested the hypothesis that glioma-induces processes that renders a type of brain cells dysfunctional, perpetuating the imbalance between excitation and inhibition in tumor-associated epilepsy.
Tags: Science, Virginia Tech, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute


The impact of the new coronavirus could lead to the longest flu season in decades

Wes Thrift, with Roper St. Francis Healthcare, is reflected in a car window wearing a protective mask as he talks to a possible coronavirus patient at the hospital's North Charleston office Monday, March 16, 2020, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Mic Smith) The new coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has created a third spike in influenza-like illness (ILI) activity across the United States, as researchers working with AccuWeather predicted, according to the Centers for Disease Control and...
Tags: Science, Cdc, United States, Accuweather, North Charleston, Virginia Tech, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Marr, Peter Palese, DirecTV Frontier, Bill Waddell, Madhav Marathe, Wes Thrift, Roper St Francis Healthcare, Mic Smith, Linsey Marr


Meet Gladys Mae West, the hidden hero behind a system billions of people rely on today

Millions of people around the world rely on GPS technology every day to navigate roadways, the sky and the oceans. What was once relegated to large paper maps, or sometimes multiple small maps, now works seamlessly on tiny smartphones or navigation devices at the touch of a finger.And the development of that technology is thanks in large part to the intellect of one trailblazing woman.Global Positioning System (GPS) was developed and originally used for military purposes, but these days the tech...
Tags: Science, Navy, Virginia, West, Sam Smith, Accuweather, Virginia Tech, Richmond Virginia, U S Navy, Free Lance Star, WTLV, Dahlgren, Dahlgren Virginia, DirecTV Frontier, Gladys Mae West, Gladys Mae


Research team works to develop new ways to detect air pollutants

With a $2.3 million award from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, an interdisciplinary team of Virginia Tech researchers led by Masoud Agah, the Virginia Microelectronics Consortium Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is working to revolutionize a testing process for these harmful pollutants, in particular for truck drivers.
Tags: Science, Virginia Tech, Masoud Agah, Virginia Microelectronics Consortium


Researchers apply new technology to identify plant pathogen strains in Virginia

Genetic sequencing technologies are powerful tools that are used for the early detection and precise identification of pathogens; they have shown great improvement over the past 20 years. Using these novel technologies, scientists can identify pathogens down to their distinct DNA sequences, without the time- and labor-intensive need to grow pathogens in the lab.Scientists at Virginia Tech are taking advantage of this technological revolution by developing a way to apply these technologies to ide...
Tags: Science, Virginia, Virginia Tech


Burrowing mayfly's decline may serve as a warning system for the health of our environment

But scientists from Virginia Tech and the University of Notre Dame recently discovered that a particular species -- the burrowing mayfly -- had a population decrease of nearly 84 percent from 2015 to 2019.
Tags: Science, Virginia Tech, University of Notre Dame


Weather radar records drastic drop in mayfly populations

Researchers at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Notre Dame and Virginia Tech applied radar technology -- the same used for meteorology -- to quantify the number of mayflies that emerged annually from two different bodies of water: the Upper Mississippi River and the Western Lake Erie Basin. Their goal was to characterize the size of these swarms using the same technique a meteorologist would use to quantify the amount of precipitation that may fall from a cloud.
Tags: Science, Virginia Tech, Upper Mississippi River, Western Lake Erie Basin


How Insects Cope With the Effects of Gravity

You wouldn't think gravity would be a big worry for insects. They're so small. So light. An ant that fell from a second-floor balcony and landed on its head wouldn't even get a bruise.Consequently, scientists have not concerned themselves greatly with what gravity does to insects. But a group of scientists who routinely put grasshoppers into the linear accelerator at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois decided to take a closer look.That's not as strange as it sounds. With...
Tags: Science, New York Times, Illinois, Arizona State University, Grasshoppers, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Harrison, Argonne, Argonne National Laboratory, Hu, Socha, Jon F Harrison, Jake Socha, National Academy of Sciences David Hu


New research finds ranchers consider diverse factors in managing their land

In a new study published in Rangeland Ecology and Management, Ashley Dayer, an assistant professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech, explores the diverse factors that influence how ranchers manage their land.
Tags: Science, Virginia Tech, Ashley Dayer


ASU and Virginia Tech researchers unlock mysteries of grasshopper response to gravity

How do insects control the effects of gravity when they climb a tree or hang upside-down waiting for prey? They don't have closed circulatory systems that restrict fluid flow to certain parts of the body. ASU and Virginia Tech researchers discovered how insects adjust their cardiovascular and respiratory activity in response to gravity. When they change orientation, they respond to gravity just like humans, and they show many of the same physiological responses.
Tags: Science, Asu, Virginia Tech


Researchers develop predictive tools to tackle childhood diarrheal disease outbreaks in Botswana

Virginia Tech professor Kathleen Alexander and her research team discovered a critical link between environmental dynamics and human health. With this knowledge, researchers will have the capacity to begin to predict when diarrheal disease outbreaks will reoccur. Their findings were recently published in Nature Communications.
Tags: Science, Botswana, Virginia Tech, Kathleen Alexander


Researchers develop predictive tools to tackle childhood diarrheal disease outbreaks

Kathy Alexander, a professor of fish and wildlife conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech discovered an astonishing and robust link between environmental change and environmental dynamics, which ties human health to the health of the ecosystem. With this knowledge, researchers will be able to predict when diarrheal disease will reoccur.
Tags: Science, Virginia Tech, Kathy Alexander


Is This the First Fossil of an Embryo?

A creature called Caveasphaera lived in China 609 million years ago, and it left behind fossils that resemble tiny grains of sand. But as innocuous as those fossils appear, they may speak volumes about our own evolutionary history.Under a microscope, the fossils turn out to be clusters of hundreds or thousands of cells. Were they on their way to developing into adult bodies? On Wednesday, a team of researchers published a study on hundreds of new Caveasphaera fossils, using high-powered X-ray be...
Tags: England, Science, China, Barcelona, Harvard, Harvard University, New York Times, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, University Of Southern California, Virginia Tech, Donoghue, Knoll, Xiao, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Andrew Knoll


Scientists reveal the neural basis of confirmation bias

An international research team comprising neuroscientists at Virginia Tech and the University of London revealed brain mechanisms and functional regions that underlie confirmation bias -- a phenomenon where people strongly favor information that reinforces their existing opinions over contradictory ones.
Tags: Science, Virginia Tech, University of London


Shaking head to get rid of water in ears could cause brain damage

Trapped water in the ear canal can cause infection and even damage, but it turns out that one of the most common methods people use to get rid of water in their ears can also cause complications. Researchers at Cornell University and Virginia Tech show shaking the head to free trapped water can cause brain damage in small children.
Tags: Science, Cornell University, Virginia Tech


Oldest Frog Relative from North America Could Fit on Your Pinky Finger

It's possible that during the Triassic period, the crocodile-like phytosaur snapped at a frog-like creature, but missed. It's a good thing it did, because 216 million years later, paleontologists have found the fossils of these tiny creatures, the oldest known frog relative from North America, a new study finds.This frog -- nicknamed the Chinle frog because it was found in the Chinle Formation of northern Arizona -- is a big finding, but the creature itself was small, just over 0.5 inche...
Tags: Science, America, Arizona, Poland, Madagascar, North America, Grand Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Virginia Tech, Pangaea, STOCKER, Chinle, Michelle Stocker, Sterling Nesbitt, Biology Letters Pictures


New framework pushes the limits of high-performance computing

Virginia Tech researchers found a way to give high-performance computing data systems the flexibility to thrive with a first-of-its-kind framework called BespoKV, perhaps helping to one day achieve the HPC goal of performing at the exascale, or a billion billion calculations per second.
Tags: Science, Virginia Tech


Bear hibernation is a superpower, but it comes with a cost

Welcome to Fat Bear Week at Mashable! Each fall, Katmai National Park holds a competition as Alaska’s brown bears finish fattening up for their long winter hibernation. This year, Mashable is getting in on the salmon-munching action. Check back with us all week as we follow the fat bear face-offs each day, and remember to get your votes in for each round. Happy fishing! Some bears hibernate in hollowed out tree-trunks. Some take a months-long rest beneath thick brambles and brush. Others dig ...
Tags: Science, Alaska, Katmai National Park, Kelly, University of Wisconsin Madison, Holly, Virginia Tech, Carey, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Breukelen, School of Veterinary Medicine, Fat Bear Week at Mashable Each, Hannah Carey, Frank van Breukelen, Marcella Kelly, Black Bear Research Center


Judge halts grizzly hunting because Yellowstone bears need to find more diverse sex partners

The grizzly bears are spared from hunting, for now.  For as low as $600 per hunting permit, grizzly bears were scheduled to be legally hunted in Wyoming beginning on Sept. 1, making it the first such hunt in over four decades. But after first just temporarily suspending the hunt, a federal judge has now bucked attempts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the Yellowstone-area grizzlies from the endangered species list. The 48-page decision, however, wasn't about hunting. It was a...
Tags: Science, Wyoming, Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Christensen, Virginia Tech, U S Geological Survey, Wildlife Service, Michigan Tech, Walker, Northern Arizona University, U S Fish and Wildlife Service, Greater Yellowstone, Dana Christensen, Eric Hallerman, Hallerman


Discovery can help farmers combat stink bugs, save money on pest control

For stink bugs to attract a mate or to communicate that they have found food, they use their own chemical language: pheromones. Virginia Tech researchers have discovered insights into this chemical language, which can be used to develop alternative pest controls.
Tags: Science, Virginia Tech


Rethinking ketchup packets: New approach to slippery packaging aims to cut food waste

New research from Virginia Tech aims to cut down on waste -- and consumer frustration -- with a novel approach to creating super slippery industrial packaging. The study, which has yielded a provisional patent, establishes a method for wicking chemically compatible vegetable oils into the surfaces of common extruded plastics, like those used for ketchup packets and other condiments.
Tags: Science, Virginia Tech


Yellowstone won't erupt anytime soon, but a debate still rages about the supervolcano

Ying Zhou teaches a Geology 101 class to students at Virginia Tech, but after peering deeply into the subterranean world beneath the Yellowstone volcano, Zhou says she needs to modify her lesson plans — for Yellowstone, anyhow.  Yellowstone is one of the most heavily-researched volcanoes in the world, and it's believed to be responsible for few mega-eruptions in the last two million years. Volcanologists understand its behavior quite well, and there's agreement that any sort of eruptio...
Tags: Science, Oregon, Earth, Alaska, Hawaii, Kilauea, Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Nps, Virginia Tech, Franklin, Wolff, University of Texas at Austin, Washington State University, Zhou, Marshall College



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