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DNA as a Key to Plant Conservation

Oct 28, 2016


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Volunteers for North Carolina's Candid Critters can set up motion-sensing cameras to capture photos of wildlife on their property or on public land.
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North Carolina scientists are asking everyday citizens to help them collect data on state wildlife. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences along with North Carolina State University and the State Wildlife Resources Commission are lending out motion-sensing cameras that citizens can set up in their backyards or state parks to capture photos of unsuspecting animals.

A gif image of a timelapse of host Frank Stasio's right underarm microbes grown at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Genomics & Microbiology Research Lab.
Courtesy Julie Horvath

They live in every nook and cranny of your body, from your belly button to your armpits. A new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences explores the secret world of human microbes. Host Frank Stasio speaks with biologists Julie Horvath and Rob Dunn about the implications of microbial diversity for human health, and about Frank’s own armpit ecosystem.
Stasio swabbed his armpits live on Facebook , at the museum's Genomics and Microbiology Research Lab. Horvath then...

How close are we to sending humans to Mars?

Oct 25, 2016
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In a recent op-ed , President Barack Obama renewed his call, first made in 2010, for Americans to reach Mars by the 2030s. And in late September, Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX,  gave a blockbuster speech in which he outlined a proposal not just to send people to Mars , but to colonize it with a million people — making humans “a multiplanetary species.” How close are we to getting to Mars — and staying there? Robert Zubrin, founder and president of the Mars Society, says that Musk’s proposal...

What’s the future of your commute?

Oct 23, 2016
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For commuters in Manhattan, the ride-hailing service Uber now offers a $5 flat fare for carpooling with other riders headed in the same direction. Recently, the company inked a deal with the city of Summit, New Jersey, to offer commuters subsidized rides to and from the train station, as the area suffers from parking congestion. Does the future of commuting start with an app? Experts say there could be real benefits to merging ride-booking technology with our commutes, but for the moment, not...

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Mike Massimino is one of the few people on the planet who has looked back down on Earth from the Hubble Space Telescope, which is now about 340 miles above us in space. Massimino got this chance twice, in fact, on separate repair missions. But to hear him tell the story, Massimino’s dreams of becoming an astronaut were always a bit of a long shot. In fact, he was rejected by NASA’s astronaut program three times. Massimino had wanted to be an astronaut since July 20, 1969, when Buzz Aldrin and...

Sorting Out the Numbers of Political Polls

Oct 21, 2016


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Is All Fair in Love and Cyber War?

Oct 21, 2016


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America’s reliance on fossil fuels is contributing to global warming, posing a threat to the future of the planet. Much of the discussion around mitigating climate change centers on sources like solar and wind power, while nuclear power is often left out of the conversation. Fear about safety and expense have hindered the development of nuclear power as a sustainable energy source for the United States, but Eric Loewen hopes to change that perception. He is the chief consulting engineer at...

Planning Out a Trip to Mars

Oct 7, 2016


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Constructing Eye-Popping Pop-Up Books

Oct 7, 2016


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The Future of Your Commute

Oct 7, 2016


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How games are changing the way we stay fit

Oct 2, 2016
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Working out isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time. But would you run a little faster if a pack of zombies were breathing down your neck on your morning jog? (Figuratively.) An app called “Zombies, Run!” can help. And other app developers and device makers are also making bets on the best way to “gamify” your fitness routine. Fitbit’s bracelet buzzes with encouragement when you reach your step goal. Apps like Runkeeper and Strava let you log your miles, see how you stack up against your friends...

Need to be in two places at once? Try a telepresence robot.

Oct 2, 2016
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What’s the polite way to say “I can’t make it to your party, but my robot can”? It’s not a question many advice columnists have considered, but it may soon be time for a definitive how-to. Most telepresence robots are currently marketed for use in offices, schools, hospitals and other places with smooth terrain and reliable Internet. But as Evan Ackerman recently found out, telepresence robots are quickly becoming capable of “standing in” for us in even more everyday environments — like a...

'Silicon cowboys': The underdog story of personal computing

Oct 1, 2016
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Ready for an underdog story? In the early 1980s, personal computing was a winner-take-all industry, and IBM was king — to the point where Intel gave Big Blue early access to its newest processors. And in the highly proprietary market, software made for one company’s computers wouldn’t even run on others’. But in 1982, three friends — Rod Canion, Jim Harris and Bill Muerto — met at a House of Pies in Houston and walked away with a design for the first fully IBM-compatible portable computer,...


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