Science & Technology

Science & Technology
6:00 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Duke Study: Video Gamers Have Sharper Eyesight

A new study finds that gamers' vision may be better than that non-gamers.
Credit Rebecca Pollard via flickr, Creative Commons

Researchers at Duke University say people who play video games regularly tend to see more around them.  A recent study used a fast-paced visual memory test on gamers who often play action games like first-person shooters, and compared the results to non-gamers.  It found the gamers consistently scored better, meaning they were able to gather more information in a short amount of time. 

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Science & Technology
4:31 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Holly Springs Clears Fiber Optic Internet Project

Optical fiber used for high speed internet.
Credit Michel Tronchetti

The town of Holly Springs is interested in laying a fiber optic network that could lead to super high-speed Internet for local residents and businesses. 

The Town Council voted unanimously to move forward with the project, which would install 16 miles of fiber optic cable in two loops underneath the town.  Joanne Hovis is president of CTC Technology, which the town hired to design the network.  She told the council at a recent meeting the service would start out as a communications system for the town, but lays the groundwork for Internet Service Providers to build commercial and residential connections.

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Science & Technology
2:00 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Hunt For The First Web Page Leads To UNC-Chapel Hill

UNC professor Paul Jones located a Web page from 1991 on his old NeXT computer
Credit screen shot

It might not be much to look at, but in the history of the World Wide Web,  this image is a landmark. It's the earliest web page found so far, according to scientists at the nuclear research group CERN (the same organization that developed the Large Hadron Collider) who are trying to locate the genesis of the Web.  The page was brought to their attention by Paul Jones, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Science & Technology
6:58 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Virtual Reality At Duke Opens New Worlds

Illustration of figure using the DIVE
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Alex Granados takes listeners on a tour of the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment.

Editor's Note: The Duke Immersive Virtual Environment is incorrectly named in the audio.

Researchers at Duke University are using a virtual reality center to test experiments that aren’t feasible in the real world.

It’s called the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment, or the DIVE, for short. In reality, it’s a cube. Six sides. You get inside. Images are projected on each wall. With the help of special goggles, the images become an immersive 3-D world. A special wand allows you to interact with the world.

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Science & Technology
7:49 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Shearon Harris Shutdown Likely To Come Up At Annual Assessment

The Shearon Harris nuclear power plant in New Hill was shut down last week.
Credit Nuclear Regulatory Commission / nrc.gov

An annual public meeting about the Shearon Harris nuclear power plant will likely raise questions about the recent decision to shut down the reactor. 

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Thu May 9, 2013

The Centennial Anniversary Of Winston And Salem Becoming "Winston-Salem"

Seal of Winston-Salem
Credit City of Winston-Salem

WUNC’s Greensboro Bureau Chief, Jeff Tiberii joins Host Frank Stasio to discuss recent news in the Triad

  The Rhino Times has been the signature conservative newspaper in the Triad since January of 1992. But it’s recently announced its closing, after 21 years of service. In other news, today marks the centennial anniversary of the joining of Winston and Salem, to become Winston-Salem.

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The State of Things
11:37 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Scientists And Musicians Collaborate To Explore The Underwater World Of Biomusic

A whale
Credit UNCG BioMusic

Music production is often considered a very “human” creation. But scientists have recently discovered the songs of mice, elephants, and other animals that human ears are unable to capture.  Scientists and musicians in Greensboro have been exploring the world of biomusic, music produced by nature, beneath the ocean surface.

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Science & Technology
4:00 am
Thu May 9, 2013

NC State Uses Herbs And Spices To Clean Produce

N.C. State and University of Tennessee researchers are extracting oils from herbs and spices to use as a disinfectant for produce.
Credit NC Strawberry Association

Researchers at N.C. State say oils extracted from herbs and spices could act as a natural disinfectant for fruits and vegetables. 

A joint project with the University of Tennessee aims to find an alternative to chlorine used on produce grown for mass consumption. Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie is a horticultural science professor at N.C. State's research campus in Kannapolis.  She says pungent spices tend to be best at fighting harmful germs.

"They have a very distinct odor, like cinnamon, for instance," Perkins-Veazie says.

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The State of Things
9:43 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Teenage Entrepreneur Wins Big In Tech Market

Jud Bowman; CEO of Appia
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State of Things host Frank Stasio speaks with Jud Bowman about his early success in the tech industry, and what he's up to now.

In the late '90s the Internet was king and everybody wanted a piece of it. Jud Bowman was a student at the North Carolina School of Science and Math when he had an idea for an Internet start up. It was called Motricity, and he managed to get investors onboard before things went south in the Internet market.

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Science & Technology
9:26 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Connecting Hog Farms To Pipelines Could Streamline Methane Gas Energy

A new study looks at generating energy from hog waste.
Credit Jeff Vanuga, USDA NRCS

Researchers at Duke University say they have shed more light on the prospects of using hog waste to produce energy. 

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