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Science & Technology
8:42 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Duke Study: Brain Connects Emotions To Monetary Value

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Researchers at Duke University say the same area of your brain that puts a dollar value on an item also places an emotional value on that item. 

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Science & Technology
7:08 am
Fri July 5, 2013

NC State Research: Staying Ahead Of The Mutating Cockroach

Some German cockroaches have mutated to become averse to glucose, which is used in many household roach baits.
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Researchers at N.C. State are trying to pinpoint mutations that have allowed some cockroaches to avoid sugar-based insecticides. 

Many household roach baits use sugars to lure the insects toward the poison.  But recent studies have shown some German cockroaches have adapted to be genetically averse to glucose and therefore the insecticides within the bait. 

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Science & Technology
2:00 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Duke Study Finds Blue Whales Are Affected By Military Sonar

Duke researcher Ari Friedlaender attaching a suction-cup tag to the back of a blue whale off the coast of southern California.
Credit Courtesy of Ari Friedlaender; NMFS Permit 14534

New research from Duke University looks at how whales are impacted by military sonar used in underwater training exercises.  The study was conducted off the coast of California and found that whales might avoid important feeding sites when exposed to mid-frequency sonar routinely produced at a nearby military training site.

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Science & Technology
3:43 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

NC State Researchers Figure Out How To Steer Cockroaches Via Remote Control

A roach hooked up to a computer controlled by video game software.
Credit Alper Bozkurt

Do you ever wish that you could control roaches? That technology has now been developed, thanks to researchers at North Carolina State University. 

Unfortunately, it requires catching the roaches first.

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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
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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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