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Environment
2:45 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Hofmann Forest Gets A New Prospective Buyer; Lawsuit Remains In Appeals Court

The Hofmann Forest has been used for forestry research for decades. Now, N.C. State University has updated an agreement to sell it to a sustainable timber forestry organization and another company owned by a prominent Midwestern farming family.
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A new buyer has been added to the sales agreement for the 78,000-acre Hofmann Forest.

N.C. State University plans to sell two-thirds of the property to an Alabama-based sustainable timber company called Resource Management Service. The remaining third will still go to Hofmann Forest, LLC, which is owned by the Walkers, a prominent farming family in Illinois.

NC State spokesman Brad Bohlander says endowment trustees are happy to have the timber company on board.

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Education
9:04 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Stats: How Many College Freshmen Are Moving Where, And Other Facts

Thousands of freshmen are moving onto campus at Triangle universities this week.
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Underclassmen are swarming the Triangle this week, and the flurry of moving boxes has already begun at some universities.

UNC Chapel Hill says nearly 4,000 of today's incoming freshmen were selected from a record number of 31,331 applicants.

Aside from the obvious enrollment data, UNC Chapel Hill keeps track of the most popular first names of the incoming class: 45 guys are named John, and 56 gals answer to Emily.

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Education
8:01 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Fight Over Hofmann Forest Not Over Yet

The Hofmann Forest was named for Julius Hofmann, the founder of the Department of Forestry at NC State.
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A resolution may come soon in the case of the Hofmann Forest sale.

N.C. State University is trying to sell the 80,000-acre coastal forest. Opponents say the land serves many vital conservation purposes and should not be sold. 

Since a Wake County Superior Court judge threw out the case last November, opponents have launched two online petitions, flooded the Attorney General’s office with 4,000 emails, and placed hundreds of yard signs across the Triangle and eastern North Carolina.

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Environment
5:01 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

'Megalopolis' To Stretch From Raleigh To Atlanta?

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Researchers at NC State University and the U.S. Geological Survey predict that urban areas in the south will double in size by 2060. If the rate and style of urban sprawl continues, farm and forest land will give way to a "megalopolis" that stretches from Raleigh to Atlanta.

USGS Research Ecologist Adam Terando says the pattern of decentralized development (meaning houses with yards and on cul-de-sacs as well as roadside business centers) will mean cutting further into wildlife habitats.

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Science & Technology
10:52 am
Sun July 27, 2014

How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy

Two lionfish swim in an aquarium at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center in Dania Beach, Fla.
Suzette Laboy AP

A story that ran last Sunday on All Things Considered about a sixth-grader's science fair project has elicited not just criticism but controversy.

Since the student's project built on the work of scientists, she's been accused this week of being a "plagiarist" who "ripped off" earlier work.

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Environment
9:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Scientists Collar Asheville's Black Bears To Study Their Urban Population

NC State University and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission is studying the urban black bear population in Asheville.
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NC State University and the Wildlife Resources Commission are catching bears that live in and around Asheville and tracking them using satellite collars. The five year study began in May and is the first of its kind in the Southeast.

The Wildlife Commission's Brad Howard said the urban bear study will help answer a lot of questions, not only for Asheville, but other developed areas where bears have been spotted lately, including Raleigh.

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Arts & Culture
3:52 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Listen: How To Speak With A Certain Southern Twang

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"Hain't dat white rice over yonder a-sittin' sigogglin'?"

That sentence is mostly non-sense, but it's also tells a quick and fascinating history of the Appalachian dialect.

Listen to our Eric Mennel take a lesson in Appalachian-speak from NC State linguist Walt Wolfram. (The lesson takes under two minutes.)

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Environment
8:28 am
Tue May 27, 2014

NC State: Lack Of Plant Diversity Fuels Cankerworm Damage

Cankerworms like this one can chew through shrubs and leaves on trees that beautify urbam landscapes.
Credit Steve Frank

North Carolina State University researchers are looking into stopping an invasive species of caterpillar that can damage and kill urban trees and shrubs.   

Cankerworms are born from the eggs of wingless moths.  The moths climb the trunks of trees to nest in the winter.

N.C. State professor and entomologist Steve Frank says these young larvae do most of the damage to trees and bushes that dot the city landscape.

"And then in early Spring just as the leaves are opening on the trees, the cankerworm eggs hatch and the caterpillars start eating the leaves," says Frank. 

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Science & Technology
8:50 am
Mon May 26, 2014

GPS Improvements Could Reduce Plane Crashes

New GPS improvements can help reduce the likelihood of mid-air collisions among small aircraft.
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Better GPS technology in the cockpits of small planes makes mid-air collisions less likely.

Researchers at NC State University say perceptual cues help pilots make better decisions on the fly: Cues like blinking or color coded icons.

David Kaber is a professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at NC State. He described some of the modifications his group added during simulations.

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Business & Economy
7:37 am
Mon May 19, 2014

NC Cooperative Extension Celebrates Its 100th Birthday

The NC Cooperative Extension, which runs 4-H and other agriculture and family development programs, celebrates its centennial this week.
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Employees from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension will travel from across the state to Raleigh today and tomorrow to celebrate the organization's 100th anniversary.

The Cooperative Extension is based out of North Carolina State University and NC A&T State University. Their personnel work in every county to connect farmers with new research and technology. But the organization, which runs 4-H, is also invested in helping families in general.

Sheri Schwab is an associate director of the Cooperative Extension at NC State.

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