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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 6, 2020 E&T Magazine

Carbon nanotube clothing heats or cools on demand

Clothing that can heat or cool the wearer on demand could become reality thanks to a newly developed film made of tiny carbon nanotubes (CNT). Researchers from North Carolina State University said the CNT film has a combination of thermal, electrical and physical properties that make it an appealing candidate for next-generation smart fabrics. 

Jul 6, 2020 News & Observer

How many North Carolinians have had COVID-19? These researchers have an estimate.

“We are far, far away from herd immunity,” said N.C. State University professor Julie Swann. “When people were talking about, ‘Oh, we’ll have a second wave in the fall,’ my message was, ‘We haven’t even had the first wave. Everybody is still susceptible.’” Swann, along with UNC professor Paul Delamater and Ph.D. student Rachel Woodul,… 

Jul 6, 2020 Kiplinger's

Find a Great Place to Retire

North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may form a triad of bitter sports rivals. But teaming up, they help form a strong economic base for North Carolina’s Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Moody’s Analytics ranked both Raleigh and Durham separately among the top… 

Jul 2, 2020 Futurity

Jellyfish Robot Outswims The Real Thing

“Our previous work focused on making soft robots that were inspired by cheetahs—and while the robots were very fast, they still had a stiff inner spine,” says Jie Yin, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University and corresponding author of a paper on the new work in Advanced Materials… 

Jul 2, 2020 WRAL

In search of protective gear, state officials turned to unlikely sources

“At a state level, at a county level, people started reaching out anywhere they possibly could,” Rob Handfield, a professor of supply chain management at North Carolina State University, said. “What you start to see here in this data is that there’s just a huge number of suppliers in a lot of these broader categories… 

Jul 2, 2020 How Stuff Works

Black Men Were Cowboys Before It Was Cool

Love was one of the best self-promoters of his time, his book filled with the stuff of dime novels and other tall tales. “Exactly where fact left off and fancy took over will never be known,” North Carolina State University Professor Emeritus Richard W. Slatta — he bills himself as the “Cowboy professor” — has… 

Jul 2, 2020 New Atlas

Air-powered robotic jellyfish outpaces its real-life rivals

This new type of soft robot was developed by scientists at North Carolina State University and Temple University, and actually builds on their earlier work that produced a fast-moving robot inspired by a cheetah. That machine alternately pumped air in and out of two actuators to cause a stiff spine to instantly spring from one… 

Jul 1, 2020 Laboratory Equipment

Scientists Urge Business, Government to Treat PFAS Chemicals as a Class

“These large molecule chemicals can release smaller toxic PFAS and other hazardous substances into the environment throughout their lifecycle, from production, to use, to disposal,” said author Carol Kwiatkowski, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University. “Fluoropolymer microplastics also contribute to global plastic and microplastics debris.” 

Jul 1, 2020 Phys.org

Scientists urge business and government to treat PFAS chemicals as a class

Contrary to recent PFAS manufacturer messaging, the authors emphasize that fluorinated polymers should be included in a class-based approach to PFAS. “These large molecule chemicals can release smaller toxic PFAS and other hazardous substances into the environment throughout their lifecycle, from production, to use, to disposal,” said author Carol Kwiatkowski, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at… 

Jul 1, 2020 WHAS

Down the drain: Sewer water could be an early warning sign of COVID-19

“As a researcher it feels good to be doing something in this fight against this pandemic,” said Francis de los Reyes, a professor at North Carolina State University. Reyes is doing similar research at North Carolina State University to track COVID-19 through wastewater. “The idea is we’re going to pool our data together and cross check… 

Jul 1, 2020 The New York Times

It Isn’t Summer Without Hydrangeas

There is more to this species than the ubiquitous Annabelle. If you find shades of pink appealing, Mr. Hinkley said, consider introductions from Thomas G. Ranney, a professor in the department of horticultural science at North Carolina State University. Dr. Ranney’s award-winning cultivars include Incrediball Blush and the deeper-colored Invincibelle Ruby, produced by Spring Meadow… 

Jun 30, 2020 WGHP

NC State removes name of white supremacist from building on campus

North Carolina State University has removed the name of a white supremacist from one of its buildings on campus. The University’s Board of Trustees met virtually Monday and voted to remove the name of Josephus Daniels from the building. 

Jun 30, 2020 The News Herald

Agent outlines programs that help with food insecurity

Many households depend on the monthly food supplement to help expand their grocery budget and purchase healthier foods. The North Carolina Cooperative Extension — Burke County Center offers a program called “More in My Basket,” which provides education about the FNS program. Through More In My Basket, participants learn if they are likely eligible for… 

Jun 30, 2020 Coastal Review Online

Shackleford Horses Curriculum Now Online

This project is a collaboration between North Carolina State University in Raleigh, Cape Lookout National Seashore on Harkers Island, the Foundation for Shackleford Horses in Beaufort and the University of Tampa in Tampa, Florida. 

Jun 30, 2020 Science Blog

Understanding Of Relaxor Ferroelectric Properties Could Lead To Many Advances

A new fundamental understanding of polymeric relaxor ferroelectric behavior could lead to advances in flexible electronics, actuators and transducers, energy storage, piezoelectric sensors and electrocaloric cooling, according to a team of researchers at Penn State and North Carolina State.