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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.

Jul 30, 2021 N&O

How great — and awful — is the corpse flower scent at NC State this year?

The corpse flower in bloom at NC State University isn’t only big and stinky. It’s ephemeral. Its creepiest scent will probably dissipate by the end of Wednesday, when the flower’s petals start to close, the plant’s caretaker says. A tall, yellow structure in the middle, called the spadix, will likely remain upright only until Friday before… 

Jul 30, 2021 Composites World

North Carolina State University develops CFRP skin for stealth aircraft

Chengying “Cheryl” Xu, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University, and her team have developed a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite skin for stealth fighter jets. The ultimate goal is to develop more reliable, durable and efficient jets with a radar-absorbent material (RAM) coating that is capable of deflecting a majority of radar frequencies,… 

Jul 30, 2021 LA Times

Plummeting reservoir levels could soon force Oroville hydropower offline

“I think it’s a bit shocking,” said Jordan Kern, a professor at the department of forestry and environmental resources at North Carolina State University. “The fact that it’s projected to go offline just speaks to how severe the drought is,” said Kern, who studies how power grids are impacted by extreme weather. 

Jul 29, 2021 WTVD

WATCH: NC State corpse flower blooms

The flower, named Lupin after a character from the Harry Potter universe, produces a stinky odor (often described as being similar to rotting flesh) and heats up to the human body temperature as it blooms. It took the NC State corpse flower 13 years to bloom for the first time (in 2016). It bloomed again in 2019 and is… 

Jul 29, 2021 WRAL

Rare ‘corpse flower’ blooms at NC State

People gathered at North Carolina State University on Tuesday to watch the rare and stinky “Corpse Flower” bloom. The flower has only bloomed three times since 2016, NC State horticulturists said. The bloom is majestic — it can be more than 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide. That’s one of the largest “flowering structures” in… 

Jul 29, 2021 Newport Daily News

BACKYARD AND BEYOND: Tracking indoor wildlife turns up more than you’d guess

Then I picked up a book that changed my view of this exercise entirely. “Never Home Alone” by Rob Dunn highlights the research conducted to discover the number of creatures that live inside a typical home. And the results were pretty creepy. The author, a scientist at North Carolina State University, says he has documented… 

Jul 29, 2021 Tobacco Reporter

New Technique Reduces Harmful Compounds

New research by North Carolina State University shows a new technique that can alter plant metabolism, which, when tested in tobacco plants, showed that it could reduce harmful chemical compounds, reports Science Daily. “A number of techniques can be used to successfully reduce specific chemical compounds, or alkaloids, in plants such as tobacco, but research has… 

Jul 28, 2021 WUNC

NC State Researchers’ plants return to earth, await analysis

Imara Perera is a research professor of microbiology at N.C. State. Perera says the plants that were growing in micro-gravity should be shipped to Raleigh for analysis in the next week or so. Perera said plants have several needs to grow: Light, gravity, water and nutrients. “Light and gravity are really, really critical,” Perera said.… 

Jul 28, 2021 WRAL

NC State creates mosquito bite-proof clothes for everyday wear

North Carolina State University researchers have created insecticide-free clothing that prevents people from being bit by mosquitos. The clothing is able to prevent 100% of mosquito bites when worn, one study shows. To test the clothing, a research volunteer wore the clothing in a cage with 200 live mosquitos. 

Jul 28, 2021 WNCT

NC jobless rate falls to 4.6%; economist calls report ‘upbeat’

North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent in June as the state continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new data released Friday by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. N.C. State University economist Mike Walden called the report “upbeat” from the 4.8 percent May report and noted the increase in the… 

Jul 28, 2021 Winston-Salem Journal

Resolving COVID-19 vaccine apathy could be key to reaching herd immunity, according to researchers

Stacy Wood, a marketing professor at NCSU. co-authored a recent article published in the Journal of American Medical Association that analyzed consumer behavior as it contributes to vaccine apathy. The article was co-authored by Kevin Schulman, a clinical medical researcher at Stanford University. “While vaccine anxiety is an important hurdle to overcome, the assumption that all segments… 

Jul 27, 2021 News & Observer

Ready for another corpse plant flower, Raleigh? It’s about to make a stink.

NC State is gearing up for some adoring and disgusted attention. One of its stinky corpse plants is about to bloom. 

Jul 27, 2021 WCNC

How the type of shirt you wear could repel mosquitoes

Researchers at NC State University wanted to create a simple way to keep away mosquitoes. Not because they’re just pests, but they can also carry deadly diseases. 

Jul 27, 2021 Coastal Review Online

Solar, storage investments mutually beneficial: report

But a deceptively simple-sounding adjustment could increase their combined capacity during hours of peak demand by as much as 40%, even without the technologies being located at the same site, researchers at North Carolina State University and North Carolina Central University have detailed in a recently released report. 

Jul 27, 2021 Coastal Review Online

LiDAR data can inform planning for sea level rise: Study

In North Carolina, researchers at various institutions and universities use the latest developments in LiDAR data to ask targeted questions about environmental conditions in the state. Dr. Lindsey Smart, a research associate at North Carolina State University, has used non-satellite LiDAR data for several studies.