The Abstract: NC State's research blog

May 17, 2017

Forests in Flux

Changes in temperature and rainfall patterns are shifting the trees in our forests, with hardwood species moving inland and evergreens moving north.

May 17, 2017  |  The Abstract

The Boll Weevil War, or How Farmers and Scientists Saved Cotton in the South

The boll weevil is not much to look at, but it was powerful enough to forge an unprecedented partnership between farmers, legislators and scientists.

May 11, 2017

Tracking the Protein Patrollers

A nanoprobe developed by biophysicists at NC State could allow researchers to trace the movements of different proteins along DNA – without the drawbacks of current methods. A host of proteins patrol your DNA helix like cops on a beat. […]

May 9, 2017  |  The Abstract

Social, Computer Scientists Want to Share Data On Group Behavior

Computer and social scientists have collaborated to develop a large data set on how group behavior and technology influence decision-making – and they want to share that data with other researchers.

May 9, 2017  |  The Abstract

Research Yields New Details About Trap-jaw Ants – and They Look Amazing

Trap-jaw ants, with their spring-loaded jaws and powerful stings, are among the fiercest insect predators, but they begin their lives as spiny, hairy, fleshy blobs hanging from the ceiling and walls of an underground nest.

May 9, 2017  |  The Abstract

New Early Human Specimens From the Rising Star Cave System: Q&A With Chris Walker

Chris Walker answers questions about newly discovered fossils from an ancient human ancestor: H. naledi.

May 4, 2017  |  The Abstract

Sharing Science Through Picture Books

There may be no better marriage of science and art than in a children's book.

May 3, 2017  |  The Abstract

Daily Stress Can Trigger Uptick in Illegal Drug Use for Those on Parole, Probation

A recent study finds that even small, day-to-day stressors can cause an increase in illegal drug use among people on probation or parole who have a history of substance use.

May 2, 2017

Getting in Touch with the Designer in All of Us

Geospatial software frees designers' imaginations by making landscape design something you can literally put your hands on, using 3-D models and colored felt.

Apr 25, 2017  |  The Abstract

From Atoms to Batteries to the Workforce of the Future: Why Research Matters

If you want to build a cell-phone battery as thin as paper that powers your phone for a week, or have an electric vehicle like the Tesla go 500 miles on a single charge and recharge in just 10 minutes, you will have to start thinking small.