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In Robots We Trust?
James Bliss (Old Dominion University)
As robots become ubiquitous, will humans trust or fear them? James Bliss is studying how people might interact with robots that act as military peacekeepers.
Brave New Atmosphere
Scott England (Virginia Tech)
The near-Earth edge of space, where astronauts and low-orbiting spacecraft fly, is far from empty. Scott England is part of a team that won an award for discoveries on Mars. Now he’s leading a new NASA mission to explore this lesser known upper atmosphere.
Welding is Hot
Andrew Folsom, Blue Ridge Community College
Andrew Folsom fell in love with welding after taking classes at Blue Ridge Community College. Now, thanks to a big investment by the state of Virginia, he’s training others and the classes are packed.
Jennifer Grimsley Michaeli (Old Dominion University)
Jennifer Grimsley Michaeli is the great-granddaughter of a man who built ships for England in the 1800’s. She says today’s three-year-olds, who are growing up on iPads, will be the ship designers and welders of the future.
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