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Science & Technology
8:02 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Study Locates Possible Genetic Markers of Schizophrenia

A DNA rendering
Credit YNSE / Flickr

An international team of researchers has made landmark progress on the study of Schizophrenia.

A consortium co-founded by the University of North Carolina's Patrick Sullivan reports that it's identified 108 points of genetic variation in people with the illness.

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Science & Technology
10:55 am
Thu July 17, 2014

'Love Motel For Insects' Opens for Business In RTP

Love Motel for Insects: Eining Variation
Credit Foto Mayer

There's a new establishment opening for one night only in Research Triangle Park. It's a Love Motel for Insects. Imagine several teepees lit up against the night sky - attracting area insects from far and wide.

It's a voyeuristic space. Once the ultraviolet light attracts the insects, people can look closely at them. Brandon Ballengée is the scientist/artist behind the project. An article in American Scientist Magazine provides some background:

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Science & Technology
3:14 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

[VIDEO] Dinosaur Theft Suspects Turn Themselves In, Authorities Say

The donosaur heist suspects
Credit NC Dept. of Public Safety

Two suspects in the Monday theft of an expensive dinosaur model from the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences voluntarily turned themselves in Thursday morning, officials say. The stolen property has been recovered. 

Logan Todd Ritchey, 21, of  Raleigh, and  Alyssa Ann Lavacca, 21, of Holly Springs are charged with two counts of theft or destruction of property of public libraries, museums, etc. 

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The State Of Things
12:13 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Supergluing Your Face For Science

Julie Urban, scientist at the Museum of Natural Sciences, shows host Frank Stasio how to view face mites under a microscope.

A project at the Museum of Natural Sciences pulls samples of face mites from subjects’ faces which can be examined under a microscope.

The research is one of several projects that bring scientists and North Carolina teachers together through funding from the National Science Foundation.

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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Bayer CropScience Continues To Grow RTP Headquarters

Beyer CropScience opened its North American Bee Care Center back in April.
Credit www.astrobase.de/Sonstig/Pollinat/Bilder/00002125.jpg

Bayer CropScience is moving forward with multi-million dollar plans to upgrade its North American and Global Seeds headquarters in Research Triangle Park.

Bayer CropScience’s latest announcement includes building a new greenhouse in RTP.  The greenhouse will include research on seeds, plant disease and insect testing.  The greenhouse, plus surrounding infrastructure and parking expansion will cost about $29.6 million.

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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Send A Picture Of Whatever To Mars For $1

Credit Eric Mennel

My dog. Hands down - that's the picture I'm sending to Mars. No questions asked.

There's a group of students at Duke who are trying to give me the opportunity for about $1. Time Capsule To Mars is a several-years-long project that is crowdfunding to cover much of the cost of sending a satellite time capsule to the Red Planet.

For now, they're accepting picture uploads. But they plan to expand all sorts of media.

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Gigabit Internet New To Four NC Cities

Fiber Optics
Credit Michel Tronchetti

A discussion of the impact of high-speed fiber optic Internet service on the state.

Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Winston-Salem have signed on to an agreement with AT&T for high-speed fiber optic Internet service. The service operates at one gigabit per second, which translates to 25 song downloads per second. Still can't wrap your head around the incredible speed of fiber? Check out this video that uses water to demonstrate.

This ultra-fast Internet service is not new everywhere in the state. The cities of Wilson and Salisbury started working on their own fiber systems years ago. That was before a 2011 state law restricted municipalities from building publicly-owned broadband networks. 

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Science & Technology
5:43 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

[Video] Inside Fullsteam's First Frost Beer

A key ingredient in 'First Frost,' the persimmon
Credit David Huppert / UNC-TV

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Science & Technology
8:26 am
Mon June 9, 2014

STORY UPDATE: How A Mind-Controlled Robotic Suit Will Kick-Start The 2014 World Cup

A teen wearing an exoskeleton may kick off soccer's biggest event.
Credit Walk Again Project / virtualreality.duke.edu

Earlier this year we brought you a story about the connection between a mind-controlled robotic suit and soccer's World Cup. We have updated the story at the bottom of the page.

Original story:

The upcoming World Cup is sure to go down in the history books even before the competition starts.  This year, a paralyzed teen will use a mind-controlled robotic suit to help stand, walk and make the opening kick to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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Science & Technology
11:30 am
Fri June 6, 2014

LISTEN: Phoebe Judge Interviews 14 Year-Old Chapel Hill Inventor, Two Patents

Chase Lewis, 14-year old inventor with two life-saving patents and more to come.
Credit Michelle Lewis

In the last few years, Chase Lewis has patented two life-saving inventions, been a finalist in five national science competitions, and earned the Presidential Volunteer Service Silver Award. Oh, and he’s only 14 years old.

Lewis, who is homeschooled, has long been interested in science and inventions.

“My grandfather was an aeronautical physicist who worked on the Apollo program,” Lewis said. “I’ve gotten to spend some time with him, and we talk about science and inventions all the time.”

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