The Abstract: NC State's research blog

May 18, 2016  |  The Abstract

Bugs Bunny’s Knowledge Confirmed

The carrot genome sequence reveals information about the vegetable's evolution and how it accumulates health-beneficial carotenoids. Somewhere, Bugs Bunny is smiling.

May 18, 2016  |  The Abstract

A Post Mortem on Sudden Oak Death

Geospatial computer modeling tracks not only disease transmission but also the human, financial and political realities of controlling an epidemic.

May 17, 2016  |  The Abstract

Assessing the Positive and Negative Claims About Genetically Engineered Crops

Genetically engineered crops stir strong feelings from both critics and supporters. We talk to the researcher who chaired the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee that just released a report, “Genetically Engineered Crops: Experience and Prospects,” which examines the evidence behind positive and negative claims about GE crops, and the research challenges that lie ahead.

May 16, 2016  |  The Abstract

Dust, pollution, and decreasing oxygen in the tropical Pacific

For the past several decades, researchers have been tracking the decline in dissolved oxygen in the tropical Pacific Ocean. A new theory may provide part of the explanation – air pollution.

May 16, 2016  |  The Abstract

Announcing First Research Image Contest

Raise the profile of your research, share your work with new audiences, and compete for cash prizes while you're at it. NC State is launching its first-ever research image contest -- and we want grad students and postdocs from all disciplines to participate.

May 11, 2016  |  The Abstract

Looking for an Oasis in America’s Food Deserts

Where does your food come from? For many in the United States, getting nutritious, fresh food is not as easy as making a quick trip to the supermarket.

May 10, 2016  |  The Abstract

Of Space and Sea: Data Challenges and Creative Solutions

Investments in space missions could soon return more benefits in coastal North Carolina.

May 10, 2016  |  The Abstract

Why Do Strawberries Have Their Seeds On The Outside?

This is a tricky question because: one, those "seeds" aren't seeds; and, two, we're not really sure.

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.