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8:43 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Chapel Hill Librarians Helping Ebola Fight In West Africa

String-like Ebola virus particles are shedding from an infected cell in this electron micrograph.
Credit NIH/NIAID via Flickr/Creative Commons

Some Chapel Hill librarians are joining in the effort  to respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. A non-profit group called WiderNet is making information available to those without Internet access.

WiderNet's project director, Cliff Missen, says only two percent of people in Liberia and Sierra Leone have an Internet connection -- that includes health care workers.

"What we do is something completely different," says Missen. 

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Environment
5:27 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Gulf Of Mexico Sharks Are Shrinking ... Fast [UNC Study]

A champion tiger shark at a fish rodeo in 1988
Credit Joel Fodrie / UNC IMS

Over the past 30 years, the size of sharks in the Gulf of Mexico has been shrinking. Drastically. Some sharks are 70 percent smaller.

The findings come from the University of Alabama and the University of North Carolina's Institute of Marine Sciences.

Researchers came up with a novel way of gathering the historical data. While there wasn't any academic database that collected such information, local newspapers in the Gulf region have been publishing the results of fishing competitions for years.

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Health
6:25 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Liberia Asks Chapel Hill For Help With Ebola Outbreak

Ebola deaths in Liberia, broken down by county (as of 9/8/14)
Credit www.EbolaInLiberia.org

From his office in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Steven King has no illusions about his efforts on the Ebola front as compared to those on the ground. His role was made clear on  a recent conference call between him and his counterparts in the country.

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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.
Credit Nathan Olivier Photography / Creative Commons

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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Health
10:00 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Have The Khmer Rouge Trials Helped Or Harmed The Victims?

Skulls at Choeung Ek Memorial, (AKA "The Killing Fields") outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Credit Newport Preacher / Flickr

When people started mentioning the possibility of using tribunals to bring justice to leaders of the Khmer Rouge, not everyone was thrilled. A 1999 headline from the Phnom Penh Post reads "Khmer Rouge Trials Could Renew Trauma."

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Crime
5:00 am
Sat August 2, 2014

UNC Professor's Death: What We Know [Timeline]

Feng Liu
Credit UNC

Dr. Feng Liu died in Chapel Hill recently. He was attacked on a street-corner in a residential neighborhood adjacent to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. On a typical day, that corner serves as a bus stop for area kids.

Two men, Derick Davis of Durham and Troy Arrington of Chapel Hill, are now charged with Dr. Liu's death.

This timeline is a compilation of information that we have thus far about the people and the events.

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Law
4:51 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Suspects In Mugging Death Of UNC Chapel Hill Professor Charged With Murder

Feng Liu was a professor in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at UNC
Credit UNC

Update 7/25/14 3:30 p.m.:

The Chapel Hill Police Department has charged the two suspects, Derick Davis II and Troy Arrington Jr., with First Degree Murder in the death of UNC Professor Feng Liu.  The two are being held in the Orange County Jail without bond.

Original story:

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Science & Technology
8:02 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Study Locates Possible Genetic Markers of Schizophrenia

A DNA rendering
Credit YNSE / Flickr

An international team of researchers has made landmark progress on the study of Schizophrenia.

A consortium co-founded by the University of North Carolina's Patrick Sullivan reports that it's identified 108 points of genetic variation in people with the illness.

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Archaeology
1:33 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

NC Archaeologist Has Find-Of-A-Lifetime, 3 Years In A Row

This might depict Alexander the Great. It is from a mosaic scene that is the first non-Biblical mosaic every uncovered in an Israeli synagogue.
Credit James Haberman

Many archaeologists wait their entire career for one big find. UNC-Chapel Hill's Jodi Magness? Well, let's just say that she's having a spectacular time making discovery after discovery.

In 2011, Magness took a team to Israel to identify a dig location. They hoped to find an ancient synagogue.

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Health
4:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Interviewing My Hero And UNC Commencement Speaker Dr. Atul Gawande

Nancy Wang with UNC commencement speaker Dr. Atul Gawande.
Credit Thania Benios Health and Science Editor at UNC

It’s not often that you get the chance to interview your personal hero on the day you become a doctor, but yesterday, I got to do just that. Minutes after I graduated from UNC School of Medicine, I had the chance to speak with UNC commencement speaker Dr. Atul Gawande. Dr. Gawande is a Harvard surgeon, best-selling author and has been named one of the world’s 100 most influential thinkers by TIME magazine. His acclaim comes from his ability to write about health care problems in a way that is easy to understand and powerful enough to effect change.

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