Department: Research and Discovery

What, Me Worry?

What, Me Worry?

Older adults show less anxiety in social situations

Spring 2010

Rekindling Desire

Rekindling Desire

Drug restores sex drive in women

A new drug shows promise for women who lack sexual desire.

Spring 2010

Supersized Ring

Supersized Ring

Astronomers recently found the largest planetary ring in the solar system swirling around Saturn.

Winter 2009

Feeling Wobbly?

Feeling Wobbly?

Weak ankles benefit from training

Like a chain, the body is only as strong as its weakest link.

Winter 2009

Burning Question

Burning Question

Early farmers changed the weather

Our ancestors may have begun warming the planet 8,000 years ago.

Winter 2009

R&D in Brief

R&D in Brief

Less stress for medical students, tests for toddlers and the power of popularity among teens.

Fall 2009

Snooze Alarm

Snooze Alarm

Seniors get wake-up call about too little sleep

Fall 2009

A Wink Is as Good as a Nod

A Wink Is as Good as a Nod

Head movements trump gender in conversation

Watch a video that shows how researchers change perceived gender with video conferencing software.

Fall 2009

A Smarter Dummy

A Smarter Dummy

UVA engineers building “virtual” crash test dummy

Engineers at UVA’s Center for Applied Biomechanics are working on a new “virtual” crash-test dummy, existing entirely on computer and better simulating the intricacies of the body than a traditional dummy ever could.

Spring 2009

Fuel for Thought

Fuel for Thought

Interdisciplinary teams investigate different types of alternative energy

Winter 2008

R&D In Brief

R&D In Brief

Hillary Bart-Smith works on an autonomous undersea vehicle based on manta rays, Laura Galloway analyzes the maternal effect in plants and more.

Fall 2008

Tapping Into the Brain

Tapping Into the Brain

Device allows people to communicate with their minds

Cognitive science professor Dennis Proffitt works on a new device to help patients with paralysis communicate.

Fall 2008

Lost Flower Power

Lost Flower Power

Findings may explain current pollination crisis

A study by UVA researchers suggests that air pollution may be a cause for the decline in populations of pollinating insects, including bees.

Fall 2008

Post-Combat Care

Post-Combat Care

Plastic surgery procedure has new applications

UVA plastic surgeon Adam Katz finds new applications for a fat grafting procedure.

Fall 2008

Deep-Rooted Politics

Deep-Rooted Politics

Clues about what makes us red or blue

Research suggests that political affiliation may be the result of something deeper than conscious identification with an ideology.

Summer 2008

Hacked

Hacked

Student uncovers far-reaching security threat

A doctoral student in computer engineering finds security flaws in an RFID chip commonly used in subway passes.

Summer 2008

What Makes Snakes Scary?

What Makes Snakes Scary?

Fear seems innate

A study by University psychologists suggests that fear of certain animals may be innate in humans.

Summer 2008

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