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The Ant Man

Jun 14, 2016
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The trail of ants across the kitchen counter may be a nuisance to some, but to biologist Adrian Smith, it is a fascinating phenomenon full of mystery. Smith studies the evolution of different ants and their social patterns. He also films the insects to document their intriguing characteristics.

Researchers continue to search galaxies across the universe looking for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence.
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Although humans met E.T. on the silver screen in 1982, the search for true extraterrestrial intelligence continues.

Scientists have found no concrete evidence of alien life, though many still believe in the unknown possibilities of outer space. Whether supposed extraterrestrial life looks like the lovable Alf or the stalking, murderous creature from Alien, no one is sure.

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The State of Things is broadcasting live Friday at 12 p.m. from the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. You can stream the show live below:  

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The State of Things is broadcasting live Friday at 12 p.m. from the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. You can stream the show live below:

Black Tip sharks feed on the coast near Cape Lookout.
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When Virginia Dare, America’s original “anchor baby,” was born on Roanoke Island in the 1500s, top-level predators were everywhere in the area now known as North Carolina.

Potter Ben Owen, III, in his element.
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Pottery is one of the signature art forms of the Tar Heel State.

From the mountains to the coast, the unique clays of the Carolinas give potters creative materials to create exceptional work. 

Dig It! The Secrets of Soil, a new exhibition at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, highlights the materials of pottery through the work of Seagrove potter Ben Owen III.

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The State of Things is broadcasting live from the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

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Scientists and even politicians agree: sea levels along the North Carolina coastline are rising. But the Coastal Resource Commission’s Science Panel says the rise varies in different spots along the state’s 300 miles of oceanfront property. Their draft report outlining the change was just released. The panel is the same body that made the prediction of a 39-inch sea level rise back in 2010. The report prompted Republican lawmakers to throw out the findings and order a new report. Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC environmental reporter Dave Dewitt about the latest.

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Dinosaurs can be fascinating exhibits in a museum. But what is their relevance to modern life? A new exhibit at the Museum of Natural Sciences looks at the biology of dinosaurs.

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Stink bugs, moths, fireflies, and caterpillars are just a few of the creepy crawlers featured at Bugfest, a showcase of more than 100 exhibits about an array of arthropods at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

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Officials with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences are renovating its Museum of Forestry facility in Whiteville.  But the forestry museum's board will have to raise $100,000 as part of the process. 

Legislators wrote into the state budget a requirement for the fundraising effort as a means of proving the facility has value to the Whiteville community.

Museum of Natural Sciences director Emlyn Koster says plans are to turn the building into a hands-on community learning facility.

A project at the Museum of Natural Sciences pulls samples of face mites from subjects’ faces which can be examined under a microscope.

The research is one of several projects that bring scientists and North Carolina teachers together through funding from the National Science Foundation.

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Rain forests are home to an incredible variety of species. From cute olinguitos to slimy spittlebugs, scientists are discovering creatures all the time. The exhibit "Rainforest Adventure" at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences educates kids on rain forest diversity and conservation.

Beer sampler
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Since 1980, North Carolina's beer industry has grown from four breweries to nearly 100. The craft beer explosion has far-reaching effects in the local economy, community and agriculture. It has inspired a great deal of creativity, including the development of beer made from yeast that grows on wasps.

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For many comedians, the biggest dream is a packed house at a famous comedy club. But for science comedian Brian Malow, the dream is a room packed with science and engineering types, laughing at jokes only the geekiest among us might understand. Host Frank Stasio talks with Malow, curator of the Daily Planet at the Museum of Natural Sciences.

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Google recently announced nine metro areas under consideration for its latest internet technology: Google Fiber.

APOPO HeroRAT tea egg training  Dammies trainee HeroRAT swaps a tea egg containing a sample of TNT he has just found for a banana treat
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Most Americans think of rats as nuisances to be trapped and destroyed. But in Tanzania, giant pouched rats use their acute sense of smell to detect landmines and other explosives. Dr. Danielle Lee is an animal behavior scientist based at Oklahoma State University and she researches the African giant pouched rat. 

Frank Stasio hosting 'The State of Things' from Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh
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Today, The State of Things is broadcasting live from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Look below to watch the program live. 

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The Tyrannosaurus Rex is the indisputable king of the dinosaurs, but it wasn’t always that way. Lindsay Zanno -- director of paleontology and geology research at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and assistant research professor in the department of biology at North Carolina State University -- helped discover a new dinosaur in North America. It is called Siats meekerorum, and it was one of the top three predators ever discovered in North America. In fact, it ruled over the early ancestors of the T-Rex. 

Fossil Fair at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
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Science is a place where facts and objectivity reign supreme while politics is a blend of perspectives and opinions. So what happens when science and public policy collide?

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Bats are the subject of much folklore and derision in human society. Some say they are vermin who carry rabies. Others equate them with the undead vampire of legend. 

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

The olinguito is the first new species of carnivore discovered in the western hemisphere in 35 years.
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A North Carolina scientist is part of a team that's made a big find: the first carnivore to be discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years.  

The new animal is called the olinguito (pronounced oh-lin-GHEE-toe). But for the longest time, olinguitos were thought to be olingos, small raccoon-like carnivores that live in the Andes Mountains.

Host Frank Stasio and guests on the State of Things follow the trail of money.
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The previous State Elections Board's term expired just as they were beginning to investigate $235,000 of allegedly illegal political donations.  The donations implicate Gov. Pat McCrory and legislators from both parties.  Governor McCrory made the unusual decision of replacing all of the board members. 

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