Science & Technology

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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Science & Technology
10:05 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Bayer CropScience Is Deepening Its Roots Raleigh

Dr. Mae Jemison with kids at Passage Home's 'Safety Club' in Raleigh.
Credit MMI

Bayer CropScience joined renowned astronaut Mae Jemison in southeast Raleigh Thursday to announce a new urban revitalization initiative.  A big part of the green space near the Brown Birch housing development will be turned into a community garden – thanks to a $600,000 grant from the Bayer USA Foundation.

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Science & Technology
5:24 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

A New App Challenges Wake Tech To Be More Sustainable

Butch Grove, Wake Tech’s associate vice president of creativity, sustainability and college improvement, announces Joulebug.
Credit Wake Tech

Wake Tech Community College is backing up its commitment to sustainability with the launch of a new partnership with JouleBug, a mobile app customized for its students. The free JouleBug app was created in Raleigh and gives users points, pins, and rewards for making sustainable choices – like taking shorter showers, recycling, or eating on campus to reduce vehicle emissions.

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The State Of Things
12:24 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Conference Explores North Carolina’s Energy Future

Strata Solar's Solar Farm in Fuquay Varina.
Credit http://www.stratasolar.com / Strata Solar

Host Frank Stasio talks about North Carolina's energy present and future with Marilyn Brown, Lyle Estill, and John Morrison.

North Carolina companies are in the midst of a sustainable energy boom. Solar farms have bloomed, wind farms could be on their way, and local entrepreneurs are experimenting with biofuels and solar power. But cheap natural gas and new legislation could slow sustainable energy growth.

Experts are discussing these advancements at the North Carolina Department of Commerce's 10th Annual Sustainable Energy Conference in Raleigh today. Keynote speaker Marilyn Brown is a professor from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She said today on The State of Things that many people are looking to fracking for natural gas to solve our energy needs.

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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Where Can You Watch A Trash Bin Explode With Ping Pong Balls?

Students learning about a weather balloon at last year's North Carolina Science Festival.
Credit NC Science Festival

At the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at UNC Chapel Hill this morning! The experiment is one of many happening this week and next as a part of the North Carolina Science Festival, a statewide series of science-related happenings that began on April 5. Today, the Festival is encouraging people to participate in Experi-Minute, an attempt to engage all North Carolinians in some kind of science-related activity for at least one minute on Friday morning.

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Science & Technology
3:48 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

New App To Aid Teen Drivers & Their Parents

A teen driver.
Credit State Farm Insurance, via Flickr, Creative Commons

Teaching a teenager to drive can be a scary experience for both teens and parents. But a new iPhone app developed by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center and the Center for the Study of Young Drivers aims to lessen that anxiety by helping teens and parents log driving time and meet driving goals before the teen applies for a driver’s license.

The app is called Time to Drive, and it’s rooted in research showing that many teens do not receive adequate driving practice in a variety of potentially challenging conditions, such as on interstates, at night, in heavy traffic, or in poor weather. The app can monitor driving time and keep track of road conditions and routes, allowing parents and teens to meet certain driving goals during the learning process.

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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Conference To Link Life Science Entrepreneurs With Disease Foundations

NC Biotechnology Center
Credit NC Biotechnology Center

Biotech researchers and entrepreneurs from across the region will gather for a networking conference intended to link researchers to funding partners this week. The first Southeast Venture Philanthropy Summit will take place at the at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill April 3-4, and more than 30 foundations will attend, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.  The summit seeks to help local companies tap into philanthropic venture capital.

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Science & Technology
5:59 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Statewide Science Festival Kicks Off Friday

A scene from last year's Science Festival.
Credit NC Science Festival

The N.C Science Festival – a series of more than 300 science-related events at locations across the state – kicks off this Friday.  It’s the third year for the festival, and it's expected to draw more than 200,000 participants. The first event is a stargazing party for all ages at 45 different sites across the state. Triangle-area venues include the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, Marbles Kids Museum and Imax Theater in Raleigh, the Morehead Observatory in Chapel Hill and Jordan Lake in Apex. 

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The State of Things
11:44 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Why Drones Could Be Coming To A County Near You

A MQ-9 Reaper drone.
Credit U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Ridgeway

A panel of experts weigh the pros and cons of the coming drone boom

North Carolina is vying to host one of six national test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones.  The prospect of a burgeoning domestic drone industry in the state has some people excited.  But others are voicing concerns.

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Science & Technology
8:42 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Invasive Ant Species Creeps Through Triangle

An Asian Needle Ant (left) stings a termite. The ant is slowly invading nests of other invasive species in North Carolina.
Credit Benoit Guenard / NC State University

Researchers from N.C. State say an invasive species of ant is slowly spreading through North Carolina's forests.

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