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May 27, 2022 The Engineer

Twisted soft robots self-navigate mazes

The soft robots, developed by researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Pennsylvania, are made of liquid crystal elastometers in the shape of a twisted ribbon resembling translucent rotini. Jie Yin, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NC State and corresponding author of a paper on the work, said that the… 

May 27, 2022 WAVY

Expert: Proposed bills — like Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ — could have big affect on state taxes

A study by Nathan Goldman, a professor of accounting at North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management, and colleague Christina Lewellen examined the massive tax implications for Florida because of the state’s with Disney over the law that its critics call “Don’t Say Gay.” “Governments need to be very careful about the general business… 

May 27, 2022 NPR's Marketplace

With helium in short supply, scientists are worried

Sandra Yuter, a professor of atmospheric science at North Carolina State University, said the result is gaps in data that’s needed to understand and predict climate change. “We can’t go back and get that data later, right? If you don’t launch the balloon then you don’t have the data,” Yuter said. “And there’s a lot… 

May 27, 2022 New York Times

Cockroach Reproduction Has Taken a Strange Turn

“When we think of evolution, we usually imagine wild animals, but actually, it’s also happening with small animals living in our kitchens,” said Ayako Wada-Katsumata, an entomologist at North Carolina State University. Dr. Wada-Katsumata and her colleagues have just introduced yet another wrinkle to the cockroach’s story: According to a study published this month in… 

May 26, 2022 Raleigh Magazine

Howl Back

Now holding court in your wine cabinet is just-released Court of North Carolina, the second installment in the uberpopular NC State University Hallowed Places Collection of primo vintage vinos. 

May 26, 2022 WGHP

NC rolls out ‘armada’ of high-tech flood devices as forecasters predict ‘above-average’ hurricane season

Hurricane season is set to begin on June 1, and “researchers at N.C. State University and the National Hurricane Center are predicting an above-average hurricane season,” according to a news release. To prepare, the state has installed a network of 400 river and stream gauges — what they referred to as an “armada of flood… 

May 26, 2022 CBS-17

NC State to welcome largest freshman class in history

Applications from students pursuing future careers in engineering, sciences and business fields have seen dramatic increases over the last several years, and the demand for a North Carolina State University degree is now at an all-time high, the school said Tuesday. 

May 26, 2022 Washington Post

Republicans seized on a study as proof of Google’s bias. Its authors say it’s being misrepresented.

In an op-ed for the Hill last week, Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) said that the peer-reviewed paper from a group of researchers at North Carolina State University has “unmistakably exposed Big Tech’s most egregious attempt to tilt the scale toward left-wing candidates.” The researchers behind the study say the findings have been cherry-picked and misrepresented… 

May 25, 2022 ACM TechNews

New Approach for Faster Ransomware Detection

Engineering researchers at North Carolina State University and Hewlett Packard Enterprise have come up with a new technique that can detect ransomware faster than previous systems. 

May 25, 2022 WRAL Tech Wire

Can we make hydrogen fuel cheaper? Yes – NCSU researchers find a way

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for extracting hydrogen gas from liquid carriers which is faster, less expensive and more energy efficient than previous approaches. 

May 25, 2022 CNET

Watch a Robot Shaped Like Pasta Escape a Maze

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Pennsylvania developed these “soft robots” that can find their way around complex environments and detailed their findings in a paper published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

May 25, 2022 Popular Mechanics

Watch This Pasta-Shaped Robot Twist Itself Through a Maze

This works because only the bottom part of the ribbon that’s touching the hot surface contracts, and the rest does not, prompting a rolling motion, Jie Yin, a mechanical and aerospace engineer, explains to Popular Mechanics in an email. He’s one of the researchers at North Carolina State University involved in the work. 

May 24, 2022 The Engineer

New tech aims to reduce hydrogen fuel costs

Researchers at North Carolina State University, USA, have developed a new technique for extracting hydrogen gas from liquid carriers. According to the team, their new method is faster, less expensive and more energy efficient than previous approaches. Milad Abolhasani, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at NC State and a corresponding author of a paper… 

May 24, 2022 Roll Call

Democrats signal they plan to fight for NC Senate seat

Republicans start the race with a slight edge, which could be more significant this year than in the past because of the national environment, according to Steven Greene, a professor of political science at North Carolina State University. Budd should be considered the favorite in the race, but is vulnerable because of his close ties… 

May 24, 2022 New Scientist

Pasta-shaped robot with no moving parts can navigate through mazes

Jie Yin at North Carolina State University and his colleagues created a spiral-shaped device from a narrow rectangle of rubber-like material impregnated with liquid crystals. When placed on a surface heated to at least 55°C, the areas of the robot touching the surface warm up and expand, while others remain static. This causes a twisting…