Science

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.
Credit Jeff Vanuga / Photo courtesy of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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

Scientist Looks At Super Materials In Superhero Comics

Captain America's Shield
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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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The State of Things
12:22 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

How Does Money Affect An Election?

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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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Where Can You Watch A Trash Bin Explode With Ping Pong Balls?

Students learning about a weather balloon at last year's North Carolina Science Festival.
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At the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at UNC Chapel Hill this morning! The experiment is one of many happening this week and next as a part of the North Carolina Science Festival, a statewide series of science-related happenings that began on April 5. Today, the Festival is encouraging people to participate in Experi-Minute, an attempt to engage all North Carolinians in some kind of science-related activity for at least one minute on Friday morning.

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State of Things
9:35 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Best Online Science Writing

Science used to reside within the confines of the paper walls of literary journals and popular magazines. But increasingly, bloggers are at the forefront of science reporting. Bora Zivkovic has been collecting the best online science writing since 2006, and is the series editor for the most recent version, “The Best Online Science Writing 2012

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