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.
Sep 12, 2014 | The Abstract
The Night of the Elephants: Adventures of a Scientist in the Field
Scientists are more likely to have adventures than many people with more mundane jobs. Stephanie Schuttler is a good example.
Aug 27, 2014 | The Abstract
Three Things You Didn’t Know About the Arachnids That Live on Your Face
Right now, in the general vicinity of your nose, there are at least two species of microscopic mites living in your pores. Scientists have just published a study about these little-known mites.
Jul 30, 2014
Urbanization: Good for Pests, Bad for Trees
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Steve Frank, an assistant professor of entomology at NC State.The post first appeared on Frank’s blog, Insect Ecology and Integrated Pest Management. My wife is from a […]
Jul 15, 2014
Cretaceous Cold Case No. 5: When Evidence Dries Up
This is the fifth post in a series called “Cretaceous Cold Cases” in which the science of taphonomy, or prehistoric forensics, is explained by fascinating cases from the files of Terry “Bucky” Gates, a research […]
Jun 23, 2014
Carnivore Mystery: Why Fishers Thrive in East, Not West
For weasel-like fishers it’s a good time to live in the East. The fierce little carnivores are reclaiming historic habitats, including the Bronx, New York, where police have photographed one fisher. But it’s a different […]
Jun 6, 2014
What’s the Best Way to Wash Microbes off Your Produce?
Note: This post is part of an ongoing series in which we try to answer questions about the science behind food – from farm to fork. If you have a food-related question, please let me […]
Jun 4, 2014
How a Protein “Cancer Cop” Targets UV Damage in DNA
Ah, summer. People are outside enjoying the warm weather, swimming, playing, or just soaking up that glorious, skin-damaging, high-energy UV radiation from the sun. We know that prolonged sun exposure damages skin – the sun […]
May 15, 2014
Small Number of Genes Have Big Impact on Fish Egg Quality
NC State researchers have taken a big step toward solving a puzzle that has long vexed vertebrates – predicting egg quality, or the viability of embryos in eggs. Using gene expression data and computer modeling, […]
Apr 8, 2014
Where Credit Is Due: How Acknowledging Expertise Can Help Conservation Efforts
Scientists know that tapping into local expertise is key to conservation efforts aimed at protecting biodiversity – but researchers rarely give credit to these local experts. Now some scientists are saying that’s a problem, both […]