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Feb 3, 2016

Mixed Signals: Study Finds Insect Species Use Very Different Chemicals to Identify Queens

It had been thought that all ants, wasps and other eusocial insects used a common class of chemical compounds to distinguish queens from workers and other members of their colonies or hives. But new research finds that there is significant variation in these chemical signals, even between closely related species. 

Feb 3, 2016

Researchers Discover New Phase of Boron Nitride and a New Way to Create Pure c-BN

NC State researchers have discovered a new phase of the material boron nitride (Q-BN), which has potential applications for both manufacturing tools and electronic displays. The researchers have also developed a new technique for creating cubic boron nitride (c-BN) at ambient temperatures and air pressure, which has a suite of applications, including the development of advanced power grid technologies. 

Feb 3, 2016

This Is What Science Looks Like at NC State: Avat Shekoofa

How a chance encounter with an NC State professor brought a researcher from Kurdistan to Raleigh in order to study the genetics of drought tolerance in crops. 

Feb 2, 2016

The Archaeology of Prehistoric Climate Change

NC State archaeology researchers are helping us understand how climate change affected prehistoric societies. 

Feb 2, 2016

Antiperspirant Alters the Microbial Ecosystem on Your Skin

Wearing antiperspirant or deodorant doesn’t just affect your social life, it substantially changes the microbial life that lives on you. 

Jan 25, 2016

Microscopic Drug ‘Depots’ Boost Efficacy Against Tumors in Animal Model

Biomedical engineering researchers have developed a technique for creating microscopic “depots” for trapping drugs inside cancer tumors. In an animal model, these drug depots were 10 times more effective at shrinking tumors than the use of the same drugs without the depots. 

Jan 19, 2016

First Study of Arthropods in U.S. Homes Finds Huge Biodiversity

The first study to evaluate the biodiversity of arthropods in U.S. homes finds that humans share their houses with any of more than 500 different kinds of arthropods – at least on a short-term basis. 

Jan 14, 2016

Forensic Research on Modern Child Abuse Can Shed Light on Past Cultures

NC State forensic experts have published guidance on how research into modern-day forensic analysis of child-abuse victims can be used to shed light on how children of earlier cultures were treated. 

Jan 13, 2016

This Is What Science Looks Like at NC State: Rachel Atkins

The latest entry in NC State's ongoing series that highlights the diversity of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

Jan 13, 2016

Racial Makeup of Labor Markets Affects Who Gets Job Leads

Research from North Carolina State University and Rice University finds that the racial composition of a labor market plays a significant role in whether workers find out about job leads – regardless of the race of the worker.