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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

A Trip Down The Food Shoot With Mary Roach

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

A conversation with author Mary Roach

Mary Roach is a writer known for asking taboo and wacky questions about the human body, and she continues this pursuit in her latest book, "Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal."(W.W. Norton & Company/2013)

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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Sat March 15, 2014

How Speed Dating And A Nobel Prize Determines the Next Generation Of Doctors

Medical School Residency Match Day
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Next Friday, over 17,000 U.S. medical students will find out exactly what kind of doctor they will become. The process is called ‘the match’, and it works more like high-stakes speed dating than a job application process. 

During the last year of medical school, much like in high school, medical students apply to residency programs across the country. The programs then send invitations to select applicants to interview at their institution.

For some residency fields such as family medicine, students may only have to interview at a handful of institutions because there are more spots than there are U.S. students applying for that field. But for many other fields, such as plastic surgery or ophthalmology, students often interview at 15 or more places in order to have a good chance at matching. The process takes up to 3 months and can cost thousands of dollars. (Students are expected to pay these costs themselves.) 

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Science & Technology
3:27 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Printing Organs with Stem Cells And Two Other Ways NC Projects Might Save The World

Dr. Anthony Atala
Credit Screen Shot from his TED Talk

With the abundance of universities, industry and research companies, it's no surprise that North Carolina is a leader in innovation. Here are three cutting-edge medical and science advancements developed locally that may soon have global effects.

1. Printing Organs with Stem Cells

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The State of Things
4:47 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

This Is Your Brain On Crime

Brain scan
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  In the future, neuroscientific evidence may be as prevalent as DNA evidence in the criminal justice system. Today on The State of Things experts discussed the future of neuroscience and the law. Here are some highlights. 

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Neuroscience And The Law

MRI brain scan
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A panel of scholars discuss neuroscience and the law

In the not so distant future, brain scans may be as prevalent as DNA evidence in the criminal justice system. This neuroscientific evidence has the potential to correct biases and predict criminal recidivism. But critics argue it could be misleading and difficult to refute. Exploring the brain as a means of assessing intent also raises privacy concerns. 

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Science & Technology
11:14 am
Wed March 5, 2014

How A Mind-Controlled Robotic Suit Will Kick-Start The 2014 World Cup

A teen wearing an exoskeleton may kick off soccer's biggest event.
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The upcoming World Cup is sure to go down in the history books even before the competition starts.  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.

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Climate Hub
6:19 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

NC State Is Becoming A Federal Government Favorite For Big Projects

NC State University
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It's been a big year for NC State - and it's only February.

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The State of Things
12:45 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

The Politics of Disgust

David Pizarro
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Psychology professor David Pizarro examines the ways disgust affect decision-making in the political realm

  

Feelings of disgust can be a useful in navigating environmental threats. When we are disgusted, we avoid contaminated or poisonous things. But new research shows that disgust may also subconsciously influence our political and moral judgments. Psychology professor David Pizarro examines the ways disgust affects decision-making in the political realm.

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Mars
8:39 am
Tue January 21, 2014

NC State Student Is A Candidate For A One-Way Trip To Mars

Mars One is an independent Dutch nonprofit that plans to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars.
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A North Carolina State University bioengineering student has made the first cut for a Dutch non-profit's mission to Mars. 

Of the 200,000 applicants for a mission to colonize the red planet, Raleigh's Charles Parrish made it to the recent cut of 1,058 candidates. The 23-year-old  has been passionate about space since childhood and has already done research for NASA and the Mars Society.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue January 14, 2014

The Danger Of Toxic Algae To North Carolina

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Algae may seem harmless, but toxic algae blooms can be a real problem in water supplies used by people.

They can kill wildlife in the water and be dangerous to humans. Host Frank Stasio talks with Hans Paerl, professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences, Morehead City.

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