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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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The State of Things
11:30 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Are Genetically Modified Foods Bad For You?

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Some scientists tout genetically modified food as a groundbreaking technology that can feed the hungry.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Is Facebook Good For Your Health?

Brian Southwell's new book studies the effectiveness of social networking in spreading health news.
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Host Frank Stasio speaks to research scientist Brian Southwell about the use of social media in public health

Scientists and public health officials are increasingly turning to social media and peer-to-peer networks to educate the public.  

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The State Of Things
10:30 am
Fri November 22, 2013

The Intersection Of Science And Public Policy

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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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Scientist Discovers Alternative Use For Hog Waste

State of the art lagoon waste management system for a 900 head hog farm in Georgia.
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Larry Cahoon, professor of biological oceanography and limnology at the University or North Carolina at Wilmington, talks about a new use for hog waste

The struggle over hog waste lagoons in North Carolina is decades long. Historically, the lagoons have caused several fish kills and contaminated the public water supply. 

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Thu October 31, 2013

How Bats Might Become Man’s Best Friend

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Lisa Gatens, curator of mammals at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, tells a kinder story about bats

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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The State of Things
11:32 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Who Wins A Fight Between The Vampire Squid And Vampire Frog?

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Trish Weaver, collections manager of geology and paleontology at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh; and Bryan Stuart, the museum’s curator of amphibians and reptiles reveal the truth about vampire squids and vampire frogs.

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

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The State of Things
11:42 am
Wed October 9, 2013

The Nifty Noses Of Forensic Canines

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Cat Warren is a North Carolina State University professor by day and a superhero by night. Well, sort of. Her dog Solo is a cadaver dog. Warren takes him out to suspected crime scenes to help police find the bodies of the missing and presumed deceased.

The hobby started innocently enough as a way to keep Solo’s energy in check. He wasn't very well behaved, and he flunked out of obedience school a number of times.

“He was a singleton, so he didn’t relate well with dogs," Warren said on The State of Things.

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The State of Things
11:51 am
Tue July 30, 2013

What Makes Us Smile?

Marianne LaFrance, a psychologist at Yale, makes a comparison between a genuine smile (left) and a fake smile (right).
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Frank Stasio discusses smiles with a panel of guests.

Sure, it's more or less a given that we smile when we're happy and we smile when our picture is taken.  But do we also smile automatically throughout the day when we make eye contact with strangers?  How often do we smile in conversation? 

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Science & Technology
7:43 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Science Fair Entries That Look Beyond The Baking Soda Volcano

Some science fairs are pushing students to answer new questions rather than confirm old answers.
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Adam Hochberg reports on the new science of science fairs.

When you think of school science fair projects, you might think of baking soda volcanoes or Styrofoam models of the planets. More to the point, that’s what a lot of students think of – and what they enter – in science fairs.

But to a lot of real scientists, projects like that are a missed opportunity. They say that rather than just building models, children as young as eight or ten can do actual science and discover new things.

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