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Author: Laura Oleniacz

Red fox

Jun 28, 2022

The Answer to a Red Fox Mystery is in Their DNA

The vast majority of red foxes in the Southeast are native to North America, according to an NC State expert. 

A tree marked with a tag is part of a citizen science project.

Jun 23, 2022

Volunteers Who Help Gather Data for Science Are Committed, But Not Diverse

Findings from a new study could help researchers design and structure future citizen science projects. 

Wildland fire shelter test set-up

Jun 14, 2022

New Fire Shelter Prototypes Could Buy Time for Wildfire Firefighters

New designs for wildfire shelters could increase the survival time for firefighters inside, researchers from NC State found in a recent study. 

The invasive insect, the spotted lanternfly.

Jun 8, 2022

Invasive Insect That Kills Grapes Could Reach California Wine Region by 2027

An NC State study predicts the spotted lanternfly has a low probability of first reaching the grape-producing counties of California by 2027, and a high probability by 2033. 

Image of potential carbon filter

Jun 2, 2022

Textile Filter Testing Shows Promise for Carbon Capture

NC State researchers are studying a textile-based carbon capture technology that could reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. 

Road flooding

May 13, 2022

Study Finds Soil Composition Isn’t Key to Southeast Raleigh Flooding

Findings from a recent study suggest the soil is unlikely the culprit behind recurrent flooding in the Walnut Creek watershed. 

Clothing designs by Sabrina Martin and Mary Grace Wilder.

May 2, 2022

How Universal Design Can Inform Inclusive Fashion

What does it mean for fashion to be inclusive or adaptive? We asked an NC State fashion expert. 

Cotton microfibers

Apr 29, 2022

Why Some Fabrics Shed More Microfibers Than Others

NC State researchers studied how treating fabrics with dyes, softeners and other chemicals impacts both the production and degradation of cotton microfibers. 

Rayon and elastane.

Apr 22, 2022

Textile Waste is a Problem. Here’s How Researchers Want to Solve It

NC State researchers are studying a process for separating blended fabrics into their component fibers. 

Wind turbines

Apr 21, 2022

Study Finds Offshore Wind Could Drive Down Energy Costs in New England

An NC State study found offshore wind power could help lower average wholesale electricity prices in New England. 

Penguins in Antarctica

Apr 12, 2022

Some See Antarctica as ‘Last Chance’ Destination; for Others, It’s a Backdrop

Travel to nature-based destinations to socialize is a growing trend in tourism, and it was a significant pre-pandemic motivator for travel to Antarctica. 

Penguins in Antarctica

Apr 12, 2022

The COVID-19 Pandemic Impacted Research and Tourism, Even in Antarctica

An NC State researcher spoke about the pandemic's impact on his work studying how tourists can impact penguins in Antarctica. 

Tobacco thrips with Plant Armor

Apr 6, 2022

In ‘Plant Armor’ Crop Cover, Insects Have to Navigate Textile Maze

NC State researchers' design for a new crop cover could provide an effective, chemical-free alternative for insect protection. 

Traffic light sign under water

Mar 28, 2022

Gaps Found in Research on ‘Climate Gentrification’

Climate change, and policies related to it, are displacing vulnerable communities. But a new analysis of research on this phenomenon finds that there is a lack of long-term research that examines these issues. 

Supercapacitor yarns integrated in a fabric for powering LEDs'

Mar 22, 2022

Design Tweak Helps Prevent Malfunction in Yarns Designed to Store Energy

NC State researchers found a way to prevent electrical malfunctions in yarns designed to store electrical energy.