The Abstract: NC State's research blog

Apr 5, 2016  |  The Abstract

Metal Foam Obliterates Bullets – and That’s Just the Beginning

Composite metal foams are tough enough to turn an armor-piercing bullet into dust on impact. But armor is just the beginning of its potential uses.

Apr 4, 2016  |  The Abstract

How Forecasting Water Reclamation Use Can Save Money, Water Resources

A changing climate and recent droughts in the South and West highlight the need to make the most of our limited water resources. One of the tools that can help the U.S. make efficient use of its water supplies is water reclamation – but utilities and water managers have sometimes struggled to deal with public perceptions of reclaimed water.

Mar 24, 2016  |  The Abstract

Engineering a Better Necklace

Four engineering students have stopped looking for the perfect “statement” necklace, deciding to design their own – and to launch a company to make the jewelry available to everyone.

Mar 23, 2016  |  The Abstract

What Do We Really Know About Dino DNA?

Paleontologist Mary Schweitzer explains what we really know about dinosaur DNA.

Mar 23, 2016  |  The Abstract

Study Highlights Link Between Social Media Use and Underage Drinking

A recent study finds that the savvier young people are about using social media, the less likely they are to report having alcohol-related problems.

Mar 18, 2016  |  The Abstract

Recreating the Web of Blood Vessels That Keep Human Tissue Alive

For years, one of the largest obstacles facing the field of regenerative medicine was the need to create a circulatory system to support new tissues and organs as they grew. Now two researchers are being recognized for creating technology to make the customized blood vessels necessary to support tissue generation.

Mar 16, 2016  |  The Abstract

Shorebirds Ignore Aircraft, But Pay Attention to People, Off-road Vehicles

American oystercatchers studied on North Carolina's Cape Lookout National Seashore were disturbed more by pedestrians and off-road vehicles passing their nests than by the U.S. military aircraft flying overhead.

Mar 15, 2016

When You Claim Social Security Influences Whether Your Spouse Enters Poverty in Widowhood

A recent study finds that when the primary wage earner in a marriage claims Social Security can significantly affect whether that person’s spouse becomes impoverished in later life.

Mar 14, 2016  |  The Abstract

Engineering Researchers Help NASA Learn More From the Stars

Telescopes created in the Precision Engineering Consortium (PEC) in NC State’s College of Engineering will help NASA scientists gain a better understanding of the process by which dense regions within molecular clouds in interstellar space, referred to as stellar nurseries, collapse to form stars. The region of interest is stars that are 2,500 light years away from the earth – meaning the light reaching the telescope left the star 2,500 years ago.

Mar 14, 2016  |  The Abstract

How Is North Carolina Doing With Digital Learning?

NC State's Friday Institute has released a new report that maps North Carolina's progress in using learning technologies and digital content.