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The State of Things
11:32 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Who Wins A Fight Between The Vampire Squid And Vampire Frog?

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Trish Weaver, collections manager of geology and paleontology at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh; and Bryan Stuart, the museum’s curator of amphibians and reptiles reveal the truth about vampire squids and vampire frogs.

In this Halloween fright fest, The State of Things tackles the so-called Vampire Squid and Vampire Flying Frog. 

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Mon October 28, 2013

How A Sugar Pill Can Treat Mental Illness

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Pharmaceutical companies spend billions developing the next big drug. But sometimes, all a patient needs is a sugar pill. The placebo effect is a well-documented phenomenon where the belief that a treatment is helping can actually cause symptoms to subside, even if the treatment is imaginary.

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The State Of Things
11:32 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Conference Examines People Of Color In Space Exploration

Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha Womack
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Recently, the Voyager One space craft entered interstellar space, the farthest a man-made object has ever traveled. But as we push the bounds of space travel, the number of people of color in space-related careers remains low. This weekend, Duke University is holding the first conference to explore the intersection of identity and space exploration, “Race in Space.” Host Frank Stasio speaks with conference participants about the involvement of people of color in space-related careers.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Rural North Carolina Struggles With Internet Access

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A federal government report on Internet access ranked North Carolina last in the country for the rate of Internet subscription.  

Only 17 percent of North Carolina households have fixed Internet connections at a speed the FCC deems the "minimum required to engage in modern life."  Rural residents say that they have difficulty getting coverage while providers claim rural North Carolina has adequate service.

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Science & Technology
6:56 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Ag Biotech Showcase Presents Top NC Talent

Sunflowers grown at new lab at Syngenta in RTP.
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Some of the top, fast-emerging Ag Biotech companies in North Carolina pitched their goods before investors yesterday in RTP.

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center hosted its first Ag Biotech Entrepreneurial Showcase.  The competition was fierce since the state is known world-wide as a top spot for Ag Biotech.   

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Science & Technology
7:25 am
Thu October 10, 2013

What Does A Peahen See In A Peacock?

Peacocks at Noah's Landing in Coats, NC
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When a guy goes out to the club, he might throw on his best clothes or a flashy chain or spike up his hair to impress the ladies. People call this “peacocking” after the birds who fan their colorful tails to attract mates.

But scientists are still researching what benefits peacocks get from their fashionable feathers.  

Peacocks are notoriously noisy birds. So when I visited Noah’s Landing, a small zoo in Coats, North Carolina to record some peacocks and peahens - the girl birds - I figured something would happen quickly

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Wed October 9, 2013

The Nifty Noses Of Forensic Canines

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Cat Warren is a North Carolina State University professor by day and a superhero by night. Well, sort of. Her dog Solo is a cadaver dog. Warren takes him out to suspected crime scenes to help police find the bodies of the missing and presumed deceased.

The hobby started innocently enough as a way to keep Solo’s energy in check. He wasn't very well behaved, and he flunked out of obedience school a number of times.

“He was a singleton, so he didn’t relate well with dogs," Warren said on The State of Things.

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Science & Technology
5:27 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Google Glass Chooses Durham For First Stop

Reporter Leoneda Inge tests a tangerine pair of Google Glass.
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Durham is the first stop on the national Google Glass tour.

No, these titanium framed wearable computers are not for sale yet.  The Google X Team says it will be sometime next year. These science fiction-like frames come in several colors – including Sky, which looks a lot like Carolina Blue.

“To talk to your Google Glass, you have to say Okay Glass," Reporter Leoneda Inge said while trying on a pair.

She'll need several more lessons.  Wilson White is Public Policy Counsel for Google Glass.  

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Science & Technology
7:55 am
Tue September 17, 2013

CED Tech Venture Conference Opens in Raleigh

A participant at last year's CED Tech Venture Conference in Raleigh.
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Today kicks off the 29th annual CED Tech Venture Conference at the Raleigh Convention Center. 

This year, the Council for Entrepreneurial Development was a bit more selective in the start-up companies being featured at its annual event.  Only 32 start-ups were chosen to fast-pitch before venture capitalists.

Mike Elliott of Atlanta-based venture capital group Noro-Moseley is this year’s conference chairman. He’s impressed with the group.

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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Mild Hurricane Season - So Far

Satellite view of hurricane Irene in 2011.
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The 2013 Atlantic storm season has been milder than expected so far. Only eight named storms have formed by the season's midpoint.  The latest -- Humberto -- is the first hurricane to form.

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