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Sep 30, 2015

New ‘Performance Cloning’ Techniques Designed to Boost Computer Chip Memory Systems Design

Computer science researchers have developed software using two new techniques to help computer chip designers improve memory systems. The techniques rely on “performance cloning,” which can assess the behavior of software without compromising privileged data or proprietary computer code. 

Sep 29, 2015

Researchers Disguise Drugs as Platelets to Target Cancer

Researchers have for the first time developed a technique that coats anticancer drugs in membranes made from a patient’s own platelets, allowing the drugs to last longer in the body and attack both primary cancer tumors and the circulating tumor cells that can cause a cancer to metastasize. 

Sep 29, 2015

Modeling Tool IDs Genes That Control Stress Response in Plants

An interdisciplinary team of researchers has developed a modeling algorithm that is able to identify genes associated with specific biological functions in plants. The modeling tool will help plant biologists target individual genes that control how plants respond to drought, high temperatures or other environmental stressors. 

Sep 29, 2015

Researchers Create First Entropy-Stabilized Complex Oxide Alloys

NC State researchers have created the first entropy-stabilized alloy that incorporates oxides – and demonstrated conclusively that the crystalline structure of the material can be determined by disorder at the atomic scale rather than chemical bonding. 

Sep 28, 2015

New Tech Automatically ‘Tunes’ Powered Prosthetics While Walking

Biomedical engineering researchers have developed software that allows powered prosthetics to "tune" themselves automatically, making the devices more functionally useful and lowering the costs associated with powered prosthetic use. 

Sep 28, 2015

Study: Ancestral Background Can Be Determined by Fingerprints

A proof-of-concept study finds that it is possible to identify an individual’s ancestral background based on his or her fingerprint characteristics – a discovery with significant applications for law enforcement and anthropological research. 

Sep 24, 2015

Automobile Emissions Expert Can Discuss Volkswagen Scandal, Emissions Testing

Reporters interested in understanding how VW cheated, what emissions tests are and how they work, and how these deceptions can be detected can contact vehicle emissions expert Chris Frey. 

Sep 23, 2015

Research Aims to Reduce HIV/STD Risk Factors Among Teen Girls

A research effort led by NC State aims to reduce young people’s risk of HIV and other STDs through a web-based intervention program targeted at teen girls. 

Sep 23, 2015

Bozkurt Named to Popular Science’s ‘Brilliant 10’

Alper Bozkurt, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is honored for his work establishing the foundations of the “internet of bionic things” in areas ranging from human-animal communication to insect biobots to human health monitoring devices. 

Sep 22, 2015

How Former Problem Drinkers Navigate Social Drinking Situations

A small, qualitative study published in the journal Health Communication highlights a wide variety of approaches that former problem drinkers take to determine how and whether to tell people in social situations that they don’t drink.