Science & Technology

The State of Things
12:43 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Transforming The University Into A Research Powerhouse

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski has spent two decades transforming the University of Maryland, Baltimore County into one of the most innovative research institutions in the country.  His devotion to helping minority students advance in the world of science and mathematics gained him a role as a trusted advisor to President Obama on educational issues. Host Frank Stasio talks with Dr. Hrabowski about his life, his work and STEM programs in higher education.

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The State of Things
12:45 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

The Politics of Disgust

David Pizarro
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Feelings of disgust can be a useful in navigating environmental threats. When we are disgusted, we avoid contaminated or poisonous things. But new research shows that disgust may also subconsciously influence our political and moral judgments. Psychology professor David Pizarro examines the ways disgust affects decision-making in the political realm.

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Mars
8:39 am
Tue January 21, 2014

NC State Student Is A Candidate For A One-Way Trip To Mars

Mars One is an independent Dutch nonprofit that plans to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars.
Credit Mars One

A North Carolina State University bioengineering student has made the first cut for a Dutch non-profit's mission to Mars. 

Of the 200,000 applicants for a mission to colonize the red planet, Raleigh's Charles Parrish made it to the recent cut of 1,058 candidates. The 23-year-old  has been passionate about space since childhood and has already done research for NASA and the Mars Society.

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Science & Technology
7:39 am
Fri January 17, 2014

What's The President's Project At NC State All About?

President Obama visits AC Drive company Vacon in Research Triangle Park. Vacon Senior Mechanical Engineer Marc Hoffman stands by.
Credit Courtesy of Vacon

North Carolina State University was awarded a big task by The White House this week.

The land-grant institution will house a new public-private manufacturing innovation institute that will focus on getting the next generation of electronic chips and devices into the marketplace. 

President Barack Obama got the biggest applause of his speech when he made this announcement at NC State earlier this week:

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House On Wade Avenue
1:57 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

VIDEO: What's Inside This House On Wade Avenue?

This house, at 3215 Wade Avenue, holds a secret
Credit Eric Mennel

 Update: 1/27/14, 10:35 a.m.: Nine days after our story "What's Inside This House On Wade Avenue" premiered here, the video story has 857,751 views on YouTube (and counting). The story has broken all previous records for WUNC in terms of page and video views. Find a new interview with the star of the show, Perry Allen, construction projects administrator for the city of Raleigh, below the story.

What's Inside This House On Wade Avenue?

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Science & Technology
7:19 am
Thu January 16, 2014

UNC Researchers Convert Solar Energy Into Fuel

The new system generates fuel by using the sun's energy to split water into its component parts - storing hydrogen, releasing oxygen.
Credit Yan Liang / Energy Frontier Research Center UNC-Chapel Hill

The Frontier Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill has built a system that converts solar energy into fuel, so power can be used even after the sun sets.  The US Department of Energy is funding the research.

Instead of storing solar electricity in an expensive battery, researchers use the sun's energy to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen.  Two of the Center's papers about the process were recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue January 14, 2014

The Danger Of Toxic Algae To North Carolina

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Algae may seem harmless, but toxic algae blooms can be a real problem in water supplies used by people.

They can kill wildlife in the water and be dangerous to humans. Host Frank Stasio talks with Hans Paerl, professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences, Morehead City.

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The State of Things
11:30 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Are Genetically Modified Foods Bad For You?

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Some scientists tout genetically modified food as a groundbreaking technology that can feed the hungry.

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Science & Technology
7:46 am
Tue January 14, 2014

New App Tells When It's Time To Take Your Meds And More

Quintiles' MediGuard service has a database of more than 4,000 drugs.
Credit Courtesy of Quintiles

There’s a new mobile phone app that can monitor your medications -- from pill reminders to warnings about drug interactions.

Durham-based Quintiles is providing the app for free for users of its MediGuard service.  Users can even gather information about medical research, according to this YouTube video.

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Science & Technology
8:47 am
Wed January 8, 2014

NC State Researchers Develop Cheap Biofuel Production Without Touching Food Supply

NC State researchers have developed a new process that dissolves lignin in liquid salt, leaving cellulose behind as a solid. This process could make biofuels cheaper to produce.
Credit Ezinne Achinvu / North Carolina State University

As corn prices rise and ethanol production competes with food sources, the energy industry is looking for other ways to produce biofuels.

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple, efficient and inexpensive way to extract energy-rich cellulose from non-edible plant matter, like corn husks, grasses, and wood chips.

PhD student Ezinne Achinivu  says labs often run into trouble trying to remove a protective material called lignin. It's bonded to the cellulose, but hinders its efficiency.

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