Mar 18, 2015
Crocodile Ancestor Was Top Predator Before Dinosaurs Roamed North America
Carnufex carolinensis, or the “Carolina Butcher,” was a 9-foot long, land-dwelling crocodylomorph that stalked North Carolina before dinosaurs arrived on the continent.
Mar 6, 2015
Nothing Fishy About This Surgery
Veterinary surgeons from North Carolina State University have successfully removed a cataract from a sunfish’s eye, utilizing the same surgical techniques that your local ophthalmologist would use on your grandparents.
Jan 6, 2015
Dog Paralysis Study Shows Need for Customized Treatments
A clinical trial from North Carolina State University involving paraplegic dogs has demonstrated that a one-size fits all approach is not ideal for treating spinal cord injuries. Instead, the study highlights the fact that the population of canine paraplegics - even those with the same type of injury - is very diverse, and that courses of treatment should be equally so.
Nov 24, 2014
Environmental “Tipping Points” Key to Predicting Extinctions
Depending on a population’s adaptive strategy, even tiny changes in climate variability can create a “tipping point” that sends the population into extinction.
Nov 10, 2014
The Ecology of Religious Beliefs
If environment can affect the behavior of animals living in certain areas, then it’s not too far-fetched to imagine it has an impact on human beings as well. Cultures around the world have adapted their […]
Nov 10, 2014
New Materials Yield Record Efficiency Polymer Solar Cells
NC State researchers have found that temperature-controlled aggregation in a family of new semi-conducting polymers is the key to creating highly efficient organic solar cells that can be mass produced more cheaply.
Oct 29, 2014
Harnessing Crowds to Analyze Clouds
Citizen scientists are helping to categorize 30 years' worth of tropical hurricane and cyclone data.
Oct 2, 2014
Cheetahs Never Prosper: Energy Expenditure Linked to Population Decline
Cheetahs have a killer commute when traveling to find food. Habitat loss and human involvement, rather than high-speed hunting tactics, appear to be the culprits behind dwindling wild cheetah populations.
Sep 11, 2014
New Nanomedicine Improves Stem Cell Therapy
A new nanoparticle may help heart attack patients regenerate healthy heart tissue without using donated or processed stem cells.
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 […]