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NC State news is shared far and wide. Below are just some of our recent appearances in local, regional, national and international media publications.

Jun 23, 2021 International Business Times

New therapy can trick COVID into attacking itself; could reduce lung injury

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus—especially some of its newer and lethal variants—is exceptionally adept in binding with human cells and infecting them. Therefore, therapies and treatments aimed at inhibiting the virus’s binding with cells can serve as a game-changer in the fight against COVID-19. Now, scientists have developed ‘nanodecoys’ that can bind with the novel coronavirus and… 

Jun 23, 2021 Vice

New Observations Just Drastically Changed What We Know About Venus

Scientists led by Paul Byrne, associate professor of planetary science at North Carolina State University, identified blocks of planetary crust in the Venusian lowlands that appear to have moved around in the recent past, indicating ongoing tectonic motion. The team studied the formations, the largest of which is the size of Alaska, by scouring radar… 

Jun 23, 2021 Drug Target Review

Nanodecoy therapy neutralises SARS-CoV-2 in macaques

The study was conducted at North Carolina State University, and the researchers found that by mimicking the receptor that the virus binds to rather than targeting the virus itself, nanodecoy therapy could remain effective against emerging variants of the virus. 

Jun 23, 2021 Gizmodo

Why Venus Is Soon to Be the Most Exciting Place in the Solar System

“It’s only beginning to hit me what this means,” said Paul Byrne, a planetary scientist at North Carolina State University, in a video call. 

Jun 23, 2021 Coastal Review Online

Flood-resilience study reveals solutions, big challenges

Barbara Doll, a North Carolina State University engineering professor and one of the state’s leading researchers in resilience strategies, said the Stoney Creek project is an attempt to understand the actual impact of resilience strategies like restoring wetlands, reforesting farmland and improving road crossings. 

Jun 23, 2021 New York Times

Could the U.S. Have Saved More Lives? 5 Alternate Scenarios for the Vaccine Rollout

Not everyone will be convinced by health facts and testimony from experts like Dr. Fauci, said Stacy Wood, a marketing professor at North Carolina State University, who has examined how to market to people who are disinterested, but not opposed, to the vaccine. “Instead of top experts, you might give them celebrities,” she said —… 

Jun 22, 2021 Nature

How three missions to Venus could solve the planet’s biggest mysteries

“Why is Venus, our sibling planet, not our twin planet?” says Paul Byrne, a planetary scientist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. “How is it you can have a world that’s functionally the same as Earth, but with a vastly different history?” 

Jun 22, 2021 WRAL Tech Wire

The inflation threat: Prices are surging, fears are growing, consequences are real

When I joined the North Carolina State University faculty in 1978, the big issue in the economy was inflation. 

Jun 22, 2021 Science News for Students

‘Tree farts’ make up about a fifth of greenhouse gases from ghost forests

“It’s kind of eerie” out there, says Melinda Martinez. But this wetland ecologist ain’t afraid of no ghost forest. In 2018 and 2019, she trekked through ghost forest with a portable gas analyzer on her back. It measured greenhouse gases wafting off trees and soils. “I definitely looked like a ghostbuster,” Martinez recalls. She did… 

Jun 22, 2021 WRAL Tech Wire

‘Nanodecoys’ developed by NCSU, UNC researchers could be a tool to fight COVID

“If you think of the spike protein as a key and the cell’s ACE2 receptor as a lock, then what we are doing with the nanodecoys is overwhelming the virus with fake locks so that it cannot find the ones that let it enter lung cells,” says Ke Cheng….the Randall B. Terry Jr. Distinguished Professor… 

Jun 21, 2021 IEEE Spectrum

Harnessing the Wild Power of AI Image Generation

A team at North Carolina State University has developed a way for GANs to create such conditional images more reliably by using reconfigurable image layouts as the starting point. 

Jun 21, 2021 WRAL Tech Wire

Inkjet printing could provide simpler way to produce e-textiles, NCSU study finds

In a new study, North Carolina State University researchers demonstrated they could print layers of electrically conductive ink on polyester fabric to make an e-textile that could be used in the design of future wearable devices. 

Jun 21, 2021 CBS 17

Study explains why 2020 was the riskiest year for businesses since Great Recession

The year 2020 was the riskiest for businesses in more than a decade, an annual study co-authored by a North Carolina State University professor claims. 

Jun 21, 2021

Liquid Metal Enables Switchable Mirrors

The researchers’ approach, developed by a team led by Yuji Oki of Kysuhu University in collaboration with a team from North Carolina State University led by Michael Dickey, used an electrically driven reversible chemical reaction to create a reflective surface on the liquid metal. 

Jun 18, 2021 News & Observer

Plants among the planets: Research from NC State professors is aboard space station

The biology projects of two N.C. State University professors are now aboard the International Space Station and may soon help provide answers about how plants respond to extreme environments.