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Education
5:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Two New Chancellors Welcome Students

Debra Saunders-White is the first woman to permanently serve as Chancellor at NC Central.
Credit NC Central University

College students began meeting their new roommates and unpacking boxes last week at several of the large universities in the Triangle and Triad. This year, the freshmen won’t be the only new faces on campus.

Carol Folt began her first official day on the job as chancellor at UNC-Chapel Hill a little over a month and a half ago. She replaced Holden Thorp, who is now the provost at Washington University in Saint Louis. Folt comes to Carolina from Dartmouth. She’s the first woman to lead UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Science & Technology
1:57 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

N.C. State And NSA To Open Data Research Lab In Raleigh

The NSA is creating a partnership with N.C. State.
Credit nsa.gov

N.C. State is partnering with the National Security Agency to launch a data-collecting research lab. 

The school announced this morning it won a $60 million contract to create the facility on the university's Centennial Campus.  Terri Lomax is vice chancellor for research, innovation and economic development at N.C. State.  She says the lab is meant to answer questions about how to better collect, sort and store massive amounts of computer data.

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Health
2:00 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Could N.C. Tomatoes Provide The Key To Stopping Salmonella?

N.C. State researchers are using North Carolina's tomato plants to understand how Salmonella affects crops.
Credit USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Researchers at North Carolina State University are searching for Salmonella in North Carolina's tomato crops.  The bacteria causes salmonellosis, a disease that can range from uncomfortable to deadly, and tomatoes in Florida and Virginia have been the sources of outbreaks. Despite North Carolina's close proximity and similar climate, local tomatoes have been safe from the pathogen. A team of scientists from N.C. State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is investigating why.

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The State of Things
9:18 am
Mon July 29, 2013

NC State Physicist Explores Mysteries Of The Universe

Stephen Reynolds is an astrophysicist at North Carolina State University.
Credit http://www.physics.ncsu.edu/people/faculty_reynolds.html

Frank Stasio talks about the mysteries of the universe with Stephen Reynolds.

In the age of the Internet, it sometimes seems as though no questions remain unanswered. But for Stephen Reynolds, the mystery is only beginning.

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Science & Technology
10:26 am
Fri July 19, 2013

What Happened To The Disease That Caused The Irish Potato Famine?

Potato late blight lesion
Credit Jean Ristaino, NC State University

New research reveals the disease that wiped out millions of potatoes and led to widespread famine in Ireland is still around, and it’s more virulent than ever.  A new study led by NC State University plant pathologist Jean Ristaino investigates the history of the fungus-like organism that caused the Irish potato famine and how its genome has evolved since it first showed up in Ireland in the 1800’s.

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Scientist Looks At Super Materials In Superhero Comics

Captain America's Shield
Credit Pop Culture Geek/Flickr / creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en

Suveen Mathaudu joins Host Frank Stasio to talk about material science in comic books.

When you watch an X-men movie or read a Captain America comic, you can find a new way to look at material science. Superhero comics can be just as much science as they are magic.

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Education
4:13 am
Wed July 17, 2013

NCSU Looking To Sell Hofmann Forest

A class takes measurements in Hofmann Forest about 1937.
Credit Historical State, NCSU Libraries

NC State is moving ahead with plans to sell Hofmann Forest.

If you’re in the market for a large piece of land near the coast – say a quarter of the size of Wake County - then you really have only one option. 80,000 acres… Pristine coastal pine forest… Abundant wildlife. And what a location! Adjacent to the Croatan National Forest, just a stone’s throw from the beach!

There’s only one problem.

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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.
Credit Sarah Camp / Flickr Creative Commons

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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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Are Employers Misunderstanding Facebook Posts?

Employers could make wrong assumptions about job applicants based on Facebook posts.

New research out of NC State shows it might not be smart for employers to rely so heavily on social network sites to write off potential candidates.  Yes, you can find almost anything on the internet, including videos like this one on About.com on how to prepare for an employer’s social network check.

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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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