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Oct 13, 2014 | The Abstract

The Devil’s in The Details: More Research Needed To Address Synthetic Biology Security Concerns

A new paper examines security risks and policy questions related to the growing field of synthetic biology, highlighting significant gaps in our understanding of the nuts and bolts of lab work in synthetic biology that can contribute to security risks. 

Oct 8, 2014 | The Abstract

Report Outlines Efforts to Boost Diversity in Materials Science and Engineering Community

NC State played a leadership role in crafting a new national report addressing the lack of diversity in materials science and engineering. 

Oct 3, 2014 | The Abstract

Coating Nanotubes with Aluminum Oxide Lowers Risk of Lung Injury

A new study finds that coating multiwalled carbon nanotubes with aluminum oxide reduces the risk of lung scarring, or pulmonary fibrosis, in mice. 

Sep 30, 2014 | The Abstract

The Root(worm) of the Problem: Unexpected Obstacles on the Road to Research

Scientists often have to spend an enormous amount of time becoming experts in things outside their field of study in order to do research they think is important. This is where a corn-eating beetle and a guy named Clay Chu come in. 

Sep 29, 2014 | The Abstract

This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Makita Phillips

Makita Phillips talks about her research into insulators for use with superconductors. 

Sep 25, 2014 | The Abstract

Molting Tougher on the Mayfly Than Previously Thought

Mayflies undergo a stressful shortness of breath while molting, or shedding their skins. A new paper describes this serendipitous finding. 

Sep 24, 2014 | The Abstract

Engineering A Better Food Bank

How an NC State engineering professor is helping food banks help those in need. 

Sep 23, 2014 | The Abstract

Fast Facts about Cutting Boards and Food Safety in Your Kitchen

Anything that touches your food can be a source of contamination and foodborne illness – including cutting boards. Learn what you can do to limit the risk of foodborne illness. 

Sep 22, 2014 | The Abstract

This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Sasha Ishmael

Sasha Ishmael explains how a childhood fear led to her research on superconductors. 

Sep 15, 2014 | The Abstract

This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: De Anna Beasley

De Anna Beasley discusses her work as an insect ecologist, studying the effects of environmental stress on insect development and function.