Science & Technology

University of Virginia

If humans ever decide to colonize Mars, we’ll need a source of energy, so NASA is sponsoring a competition to design the best system for getting it. A team of students at the University of Virginia has made it through the first round of competition.

It’s been nearly 50 years since America put men on the moon, and a new generation of college students were not even born when that happened.  For them, the mission is Mars, and for humans to survive there we’ll need an artificial atmosphere created, in part, with electricity.

National Science Foundation / LIGO / Sonoma State University / A. Simonnet

Astronomers and astrophysicists alike are abuzz this week over a cosmic event that occurred millions of years ago.

VCU School of Engineering



Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond has received the largest private grant in history: 25 million dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The money will support the school’s “Medicines for All” research. Virginia’s Governor was on hand at the announcement. 

Virginia launched a new PR campaign Monday to draw attention to the state’s quickly growing computer science industry. The campaign ties in neatly with Richmond Tech Week, which also kicked off Monday.

David Sleboda and Thomas Roberts/ American Physiological Association

Most people would agree, there’s nothing beautiful about cancer or AIDS or any other disease, but scientists working to find cures see beauty in the pictures they take to better understand what they’re up against.  Now, Sandy Hausman reports there’s an exhibit of those images, providing a chance for the public to see how exciting biology can be.