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Oct 28, 2020 WRAL Tech Wire

SAS, Microsoft, NCSU team up for safe food effort using Internet of Things technology

North Carolina State University is teaming up Microsoft and SAS in a technology effort to help improve food security. The partnership announced Tuesday will include cloud capabilities and internet of things from Microsoft known as FarmBeats and analysis of data by SAS to assess data gathered by NCSU researchers and students. Data will be streamed… 

Oct 28, 2020 WRAL

Companies offering same-day pay option to help find workers

“We’ve had reports of a lot of businesses reopening and they’re not able to find workers,” said North Carolina State University economist Mike Walden. Walden said that, when people have a lot on their plate, more frequent pay makes the difference. “I think this is part of an effort to help particularly low-income workers to… 

Oct 28, 2020 WRAL

NCSU, SAS team up to halt food-borne illnesses, help farmers

The North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative at North Carolina State University is working to reduce those numbers by joining forces with Cary-based SAS Institute and Microsoft for more in-depth analytics. “We live in an age of data, and that’s no exception for the world of agriculture,” said Ralph Dean, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of… 

Oct 28, 2020 Wilkes Journal-Patriot

Federal income, Social Security tax concepts explained

With Social Security facing a funding crisis in another decade, some want those earning over $137,700 to pay more Social Security taxes without seeing their benefits increased. Opponents see this moving Social Security to more of a welfare system and perhaps losing public support. – Author: Dr. Mike Walden, professor and extension economist at North… 

Oct 27, 2020 The New York Times

Colleges Are Slashing Budgets

North Carolina State University will delay the spring semester and do away with its spring break in an effort to control the spread of the virus. 

Oct 27, 2020 Meat & Poultry

Front-of-package claims fuel improved nutrition

Sixteen years of data on tens of thousands of packaged foods suggests that the adoption of nutrition data on “front of package” (FOP) labels is associated with improved nutritional content of those foods and their competitors, according to research conducted by North Carolina State University. The study was published in Journal of Marketing, Sept. 10,… 

Oct 27, 2020 ScienceBlog

Wildlife Flock To Backyards For Food From People

“They’re using the gardens a little bit, they’re using the brush piles a little bit, and they’re using the water features, but feeding has the most dramatic influence on animal activity in the backyard,” said Roland Kays, research associate professor at North Carolina State University and director of the Biodiversity & Earth Observation Lab at… 

Oct 27, 2020 The Winston-Salem Journal

Hanesbrands takes next PPE step with more breathable surgical mask

Hanesbrands Inc. has taken the next step toward making personal protective equipment a manufacturing mainstay with the development of a more breathable, single-use surgical mask. The Winston-Salem manufacturer is being assisted by two Triangle universities — the Nonwovens Institute at N.C. State University, a shared biomedical engineers program between N.C. State and UNC-Chapel Hill, and… 

Oct 26, 2020 The Asheville Citizen-Times

McGoun: Not too upbeat about fall color this year

Forecasts generally have been for a good leaf season. Robert Bardon, a professor of forestry and environmental resources and associate dean for extension at the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University, cites the warm, wet summer. “If the weather patterns hold and we don’t see any dramatic shifts, we should have a… 

Oct 26, 2020 KSAT

COVID-19 sheds light on park inequities, importance of investment

KangJae “Jerry” Lee, an assistant professor at North Carolina State University who has studied racial diversity and inclusion issues in parks and recreation for more than a decade, believes that our nation’s past created park inequities that still exist today in other parks of the country. “A lot of people of color didn’t have access… 

Oct 26, 2020 Triangle Business Journal

How NC State aims to remove plastic from oceans – by using plastic

Microplastic pollution has become a serious ecological challenge. And Researchers at N.C. State think the microplastics themselves might be the key to the cleanup.Researchers at the university were recently awarded a $2 million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation program to create a system to clean up microplastics in the… 

Oct 26, 2020 Coastal Review Online

PFAS Levels Still High Despite Emission Cuts

Detlef Knappe, a professor at North Carolina State University, said drinking water sources downstream of the Chemours Fayetteville facility are the most heavily impacted in the state, with some exceptions. Knappe is part of a team of researchers from N.C. State and Duke University tasked with collecting and examining samples from about 400 drinking water… 

Oct 23, 2020 WTVD

Shipping expert: Start online holiday shopping now

A local expert in supply chain logistics and shipping suggests you start your online holiday shopping right now. “Given that we’re in a pandemic and we’re already seeing these increasing trends of online shopping, it should be very interesting to see both how retailers and shippers handle it this Christmas,” Tim Kraft told ABC 11.… 

Oct 23, 2020 MedScape

The EPA Refuses to Reduce Pollutants Linked to Coronavirus Deaths

There was enough evidence to support a stricter standard before the pandemic, said Christopher Frey, an environmental engineering professor at North Carolina State University who studies air pollution. The added threat from the coronavirus is like “icing on the cake,” he said, and should compel Wheeler to adopt an even more stringent limit. 

Oct 23, 2020 The Wall Street Journal

To Survive, Restaurants Are Taking Takeout to the Next Level

As many as 15 restaurants now participate in Carrboro United, and the service inspired another hub in the nearby town of Cary. “During the pandemic, every aspect of life is more challenging,” said Sarah Blacklin, director of NC Choices, a sustainable-food initiative at North Carolina State University, and a mother of two small children. “A…