Aug 27, 2014 | Research and Innovation
Museum Specimens, Modern Cities Show How an Insect Pest Will Respond to Climate Change
Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that century-old museum specimens hold clues to how global climate change will affect a common insect pest that can weaken and kill trees – and the news is not good.
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 […]
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 […]
Mar 13, 2014
What’s Eating You?
It’s a jungle out there. Humans can be infected by more than 1,400 parasites – viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc. It can be bad enough when one nasty parasite takes hold – it’s certainly no fun […]
Feb 27, 2014
Caught on Camera: Tree-Dwelling Orangutans on Ground
When researchers in Borneo set up camera traps to monitor tropical mammals on the ground, they didn’t expect to be photobombed by orangutans. In the wild, humans rarely see the red apes come down from […]
Jan 8, 2014
Poisonous Water Leads to Bigger, But Fewer, Fish Babies
Living in extreme environments often entails taking extreme measures to survive. Live-bearing fish mothers in toxic North and South American waters try to give their offspring the best chance at surviving the harsh environment by […]
Dec 11, 2013
Tree Change: Is Raleigh Becoming More Like Baltimore?
Could Raleigh, proudly known as the City of Oaks, end up having much less tree cover, like Baltimore? Though it’s not likely that Raleigh will have to rethink its New Year’s Eve drop of the […]
Aug 15, 2013
New Carnivore in the Cloud Forest
A two-pound mammal that looks like a cross between a house cat and a teddy bear has a claim to fame as the first new carnivore species discovered in the Western Hemisphere in 35 years. […]
Jul 1, 2013
Is This Mouse a Pirate?
Did a field researcher somehow capture a pirate mouse? No! This raffish rodent is part of a study that is evaluating how harvesting plants for use in biofuels is affecting ecosystems. The photographer, NC State […]
Jun 27, 2013
Art Installation? Or Research Project?
Sometimes science presents us with pretty fantastic images. When I saw this photo, from a research team led by NC State’s Nick Haddad, I had to find out what these students were doing. Here’s his […]