Science & Technology http://wunc.org en How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy http://wunc.org/post/how-our-story-about-childs-science-experiment-sparked-controversy A story that ran last Sunday on <em>All Things Considered</em> about a sixth-grader's science fair project has elicited not just criticism but controversy.<p>Since the student's project built on the work of scientists, she's been accused this week of being a <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/07/plagiarism/374999/" target="_blank">"plagiarist"</a> who <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2704319/Scientist-insists-13-year-old-girl-ripped-research-groundbreaking-science-project-ecologists-awe.html" target="_blank">"ripped off"</a> earlier work.<p>We think thos Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:52:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 39696 at http://wunc.org Study Locates Possible Genetic Markers of Schizophrenia http://wunc.org/post/study-locates-possible-genetic-markers-schizophrenia <p></p><p>An international team of researchers has made landmark progress on the study of Schizophrenia.</p><p>A consortium co-founded by the University of North Carolina's Patrick Sullivan reports that it's identified 108 points of genetic variation in people with the illness.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:02:30 +0000 WUNC News 39529 at http://wunc.org Study Locates Possible Genetic Markers of Schizophrenia 'Love Motel For Insects' Opens for Business In RTP http://wunc.org/post/love-motel-insects-opens-business-rtp <p>There's a new establishment opening for one night only in Research Triangle Park. It's a Love Motel for Insects. Imagine several teepees lit up against the night sky - attracting area insects from far and wide.</p><p></p><p>It's a voyeuristic space. Once the ultraviolet light attracts the insects, people can look closely at them. Brandon Ballengée is the scientist/artist behind the project. <a href="http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/invitation-to-an-insect-rendezvous/1">An article in American Scientist Magazine</a> provides some background:</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:55:49 +0000 Carol Jackson 39143 at http://wunc.org 'Love Motel For Insects' Opens for Business In RTP [VIDEO] Dinosaur Theft Suspects Turn Themselves In, Authorities Say http://wunc.org/post/video-dinosaur-theft-suspects-turn-themselves-authorities-say <p>Two suspects in the Monday theft of an expensive dinosaur model from the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences voluntarily turned themselves in Thursday morning, officials say. The stolen property has been recovered.&nbsp;</p><p>Logan Todd Ritchey, 21, of&nbsp; Raleigh, and&nbsp; Alyssa Ann Lavacca, 21, of&nbsp;Holly Springs are charged with two counts of theft or destruction of property of public libraries, museums, etc.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:14:49 +0000 Carol Jackson 39099 at http://wunc.org [VIDEO] Dinosaur Theft Suspects Turn Themselves In, Authorities Say Supergluing Your Face For Science http://wunc.org/post/supergluing-your-face-science <p></p><p><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">A project at the Museum of Natural Sciences pulls samples of face mites from subjects’ faces which can be examined under a microscope. </span></font></span></font></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:13:13 +0000 Frank Stasio & Laura Lee 38302 at http://wunc.org Supergluing Your Face For Science Bayer CropScience Continues To Grow RTP Headquarters http://wunc.org/post/bayer-cropscience-continues-grow-rtp-headquarters <p></p><p><a href="http://www.bayercropscience.us/">Bayer CropScience</a> is moving forward with multi-million dollar plans to upgrade its North American and Global Seeds headquarters in Research Triangle Park.</p><p>Bayer CropScience’s latest announcement includes building a new greenhouse in RTP.&nbsp; The greenhouse will include research on seeds, plant disease and insect testing.&nbsp; The greenhouse, plus surrounding infrastructure and parking expansion will cost about $29.6 million.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge 38202 at http://wunc.org Bayer CropScience Continues To Grow RTP Headquarters Send A Picture Of Whatever To Mars For $1 http://wunc.org/post/send-picture-whatever-mars-1 <p>My dog. Hands down - that's the picture I'm sending to Mars. No questions asked.</p><p>There's a group of students at Duke who are trying to give me the opportunity for about $1. <a href="http://www.timecapsuletomars.com/">Time Capsule To Mars</a> is a several-years-long project that is crowdfunding to cover much of the cost of sending a satellite time capsule to the Red Planet.</p><p>For now, they're accepting picture uploads. But they plan to expand all sorts of media.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Eric Mennel 37867 at http://wunc.org Send A Picture Of Whatever To Mars For $1 Gigabit Internet New To Four NC Cities http://wunc.org/post/gigabit-internet-new-four-nc-cities <p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">Raleigh, Cary, Durham and Winston-Salem have signed on to an agreement with AT&amp;T for high-speed fiber optic Internet service. The service operates at one gigabit per second, which translates to 25 song downloads per second. Still can't wrap your head around the incredible speed of fiber? Check out this video that uses water to demonstrate.</span><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/IOERJ0fdUb4" width="560"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">This ultra-fast Internet service is not new everywhere in the state. The cities of Wilson and Salisbury started working on their own fiber systems years ago. That was before a </span><a href="http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2011&amp;BillID=H129" style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;">2011&nbsp;state law</a><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal;"> restricted municipalities from building publicly-owned broadband networks.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:38:22 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 37631 at http://wunc.org Gigabit Internet New To Four NC Cities [Video] Inside Fullsteam's First Frost Beer http://wunc.org/post/video-inside-fullsteams-first-frost-beer <p>http://youtu.be/0lRiLdOb8sI</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:43:17 +0000 Eric Mennel & David Huppert 37390 at http://wunc.org [Video] Inside Fullsteam's First Frost Beer STORY UPDATE: How A Mind-Controlled Robotic Suit Will Kick-Start The 2014 World Cup http://wunc.org/post/story-update-how-mind-controlled-robotic-suit-will-kick-start-2014-world-cup <p>Earlier this year we brought you a story about the connection between a mind-controlled robotic suit and soccer's World Cup. We have updated the story at the bottom of the page.</p><p><strong>Original story:</strong></p><p>The upcoming World Cup is sure to go down in the history books even before the competition starts.&nbsp; This year, a paralyzed teen will use a mind-controlled robotic suit to help stand, walk and make the opening kick to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:26:00 +0000 Nancy Wang 31547 at http://wunc.org STORY UPDATE: How A Mind-Controlled Robotic Suit Will Kick-Start The 2014 World Cup