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4:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

North Carolina Buses Leave For Obama Inauguration

The Raleigh-based Martin Luther King Committee has chartered six buses heading to Washington D-C for President Obama’s Inauguration.

The buses will pull out in the morning – leaving from Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte.

Phyllis Coley, the founder of Spectacular Magazine, helped organize the trip.  She will ride the Durham bus.

Phyllis Coley:  "I’m going for the second time, because again, the same way I felt the first time, I don’t think that I will see another African American president sworn-in in my life-time."

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Science & Technology
11:08 am
Fri January 18, 2013

What's Inside The Brains Of Songbirds

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Scientists are learning fascinating things by studying songbirds. Sophisticated microscopes are able to see the smallest level of detail in the brain and determine how it changes in response to learning. Researchers at Duke University are using this technology to study the brains of songbirds and determine what implications their findings could have for humans. 

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Science & Technology
11:03 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Can Glowing Mice Save Us From Cancer?

Would you believe us if we told you that glowing mice might be the next step in saving human beings from cancer? Well, Ned Sharpless and his research team are trying to see if that very thing is possible. They have been injecting mice with the enzyme that makes fireflies glow in an effort to improve cancer treatment and detection.

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Arts & Culture
10:57 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Who Says Scientists Can't Be In A Rock Band?

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Duo Ellen Stevens, aka Lu Lubenstein, and David Zielinski believe that scientists can do cool work in the lab and rock out on their free time. They make up the music group All Your Science, and together they have released two albums and an EP. When they’re not making tunes, Stevens is a pharmacologist working on cancer research at Duke University and Zielinski works at Duke’s virtual reality lab. Host Frank Stasio talks to them in the studio, and they’ll perform live.

 

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Education
9:50 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Duke Researchers Say Economic Segregation in Schools is Rising

A Duke University study finds the state's schools are becoming less racially segregated and more economically segregated.

For decades, race has been the most common measure of school segregation.  But 10 years of observation by some Duke professors shows there is a bigger divide in school populations even if ethnic disparity has leveled off.

Charles Clotfelter teaches law, economics and public policy at Duke.  His team looked primarily at students getting free lunch and found that some counties handled the divide better than others:

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Science & Technology
11:43 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Real-life "Lorax" Speaks About Her Work In The Treetops

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Meg Lowman has spent her life exploring the treetops. She was dubbed the real-life “Lorax” by National Geographic for her work exploring forest canopies and identifying the species that live there.

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Science & Technology
11:37 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Are Chimps Interested In Social Networking?

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Online networking sites have become one of the primary ways humans forge connections with each another. Ian Gilby tells us that Gombe chimps might be just as interested in social networking as we are. He's been studying the ways chimpanzees form coalitions with one another in order to thrive and reproduce.

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Business & Economy
9:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

What Sets Raleigh Apart From Rest of State? Jobs.

The Raleigh Metro area continues to shine after the recession - despite North Carolina's high jobless rate.

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Environment
5:04 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

After Public Outcry, Greensboro To Implement New Tree-Cutting Rules

Lawmakers in Greensboro will create a new ordinance following public outcry over trees being cut down by Duke Energy.

Dozens of residents turned out to a City Council meeting this week to share their frustration over what they describe as unnecessary and aggressive tree cutting measures by Duke Energy. The utility company completely cut down about 150 trees in the last few months, prompting public response.  City Council woman Marikay Abuzuaiter:

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Business & Economy
4:50 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Meeting Held About Shallow Water At Oregon Inlet

The problems plaguing Oregon Inlet on the Outer Banks were the focus of an emergency meeting in Dare County last night.  The waterway has been closed to large boat traffic since Hurricane Sandy and a series of other storms in November made it too shallow to safely pass.  Local officials say the annual economic impact of the inlet is nearly seven-hundred-million dollars.  Warren Judge is the chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners.  He says the General Assembly and the area's Congressional delegation are well aware of the problem:

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