Virginia Tech News

State Farm Gets OK for Long Range Drone Flights to Assess Hurricane Damage

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently granted a waiver to State Farm to allow the insurer the ability to inspect damage caused by Hurricane Florence. The approval, received just last week, allows State Farm to operate drones on longer range …

Minor Sea Level Rises Could Raise Global Risk for More Devastating Tsunamis

As sea levels rise due to climate change, so do the global hazards and potential devastating damages from tsunamis, according to a new study by a partnership that included Virginia Tech. Even minor sea level rise, by as much as …

Daylight Saving Time Can Lead to Driver Fatigue, Crash Risks

As clocks “fall back” this weekend and daylight saving time ends, many Americans will be driving longer at night which could translate to more driver fatigue and hazards on the road, says Virginia Tech Transportation Institute expert Jeff Hickman. “Any …

Researcher Identifies Cause of Fireworks-Related Eye Injuries

For years, most researchers thought July 4 fireworks-related eye injuries were likely caused by what’s called blast overpressure: that the pressure wave unleashed by the explosion increased the pressure in the eye, causing bleeding and even rupture of the eyeball. …

Dummies Take Drone Hits to Evaluate Potential Damage, Injuries

Hank sat impassively on a Virginia Tech athletic field, ready to take it on the chin for the future of drone commerce. About 30 yards away, an eight-rotor unmanned copter hovered, buzzing like a swarm of bees. The 21-pound drone …

Bedbugs Found to be Resistant to Common Chemical Treatments

Some of the most widely used commercial chemicals to kill bedbugs are not effective because the pesky insects have built up a tolerance to them, according to a team of researchers from Virginia Tech and New Mexico State University. Millions …

Virginia Tech Says 5 New Helmets Meet Five-Star Mark

Virginia Tech has updated results of its adult football helmet ratings, which are designed to identify key differences between the abilities of individual helmets to reduce the risk of concussion. All five of the new adult football helmets introduced this …

Virginia Tech to Create Framework for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication

Following a U.S. Department of Transportation call to require vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology for all cars and light trucks on the nation’s highways, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has been tapped to design the delivery integration framework that will allow vehicles …

Central Virgina Earthquakes Study

Researchers are preparing to conduct a two-month study of earthquakes in central Virginia, a region that has a history of seismic activity. Twenty seismic stations are being installed for the study by researchers from Virginia Tech and the U.S. Geological …

Inexperienced Teen Drivers Easily Fall Into Distraction, Accidents

Teens may begin their driving habits with great caution, but as months behind the wheel pass, they begin to multi-task at higher frequency rates – dialing cell phones, eating, and talking to passengers, etc. – and therefore greatly raise their …