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Jun 18, 2024 Popular Mechanics

Scientists Squeezed Infrared Light Down to 10% of Its Wavelength. That’s Simply Incredible.

Scientists from North Carolina State University successfully “squeezed” infrared light to 10 percent of its wavelength while maintaining its frequency. This breakthrough was achieved using a thin membrane of strontium titanate and the phono polaritons it produced after using synchrotron near-field spectroscopy. This thin film could lead to a variety of new infrared imaging devices… 

Jun 17, 2024 New Food Magazine

Researchers use plants to enhance baby formula nutrition

In their study, Shih and Barnum collaborated with Minliang Yang at North Carolina State University to estimate the cost of producing human milk oligosaccharides from plants on an industrial scale. They found that it would likely be more cost-effective than using microbial platforms. 

Jun 17, 2024 The News & Observer

Massive, flying yellow spiders are back in NC. But are they dangerous? What to know

Giant spiders falling from the sky sounds like a scene from a horror movie, but it’s happening in real life. Sort of. Joro spiders, which are native to Asia, have arrived in North Carolina early this year, according to Kelly Oten, an NC State Extension specialist for forest health. “They are typically considered a summer spider… 

Jun 17, 2024 Interesting Engineering

AI improves human locomotion in robotic exoskeletons, saves 25% energy

Researchers from North Carolina State University, in their new study, showed the technologically advanced instrument as an achievement in reinforcement learning, a technique that trains software to make decisions. 

Jun 17, 2024 Popular Science

AI-enabled virtual training could make robotic exoskeletons more common

This use of simulations for training, the researchers argue in a recent Nature article, dramatically cuts back on the need for physical human experiments. In theory, this type of training method could make exoskeleton devices more accessible and ready to use off the shelf for people with limited mobility. North Carolina State University professor and paper co-author Hao… 

Jun 14, 2024 Coastal Review

Murfreesboro poised for growth balanced with preservation

Murfreesboro is also home to the Brady C. Jefcoat Museum, a nationally known museum dedicated to the sprawling collection of everyday objects, antiques and historic artifacts owned by one man — who happened to have helped build the Memorial Belltower at North Carolina State University and dozens of other Raleigh structures — and displayed in… 

Jun 14, 2024 The Engineer

3D-mapping technique could improve navigation for autonomous vehicles

“Most autonomous vehicles use powerful AI programs called vision transformers to take 2D images from multiple cameras and create a representation of the 3D space around the vehicle,” said Tianfu Wu, corresponding author of a paper on the work and an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University. “However, while… 

Jun 14, 2024 AZO Robotics

New AI Method Improves 3D Mapping with Less Power

Most autonomous vehicles use powerful AI programs called vision transformers to take 2D images from multiple cameras and create a representation of the 3D space around the vehicle, said Tianfu Wu, Study Corresponding Author and Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University 

Jun 14, 2024 Farm Progress

Explainer: How do carbon offsets and insets work?

Joe Sagues, a professor of biological and agricultural engineering at North Carolina State University, says agriculture and forestry can contribute to carbon sequestration or carbon removal. Carbon in the atmosphere is measured at 3.3 trillion tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. Carbon emissions from all sources is pegged at 55 billion tons of CO2 equivalents. Carbon sequestration… 

Jun 13, 2024 WUNC

Hurricane season is here: a 2024 forecast and how to prepare in North Carolina

Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be above normal this year, with as many as seven major hurricanes. A forecast of the season, conversation about the difficult decisions people make when evacuating, and the practical steps to get ready for a storm. – Guests: Ellen Shumaker, Director of Outreach, Safe Plates Program at NC State 

Jun 13, 2024 ABC11

18-year-old Messiah Williams is one of the youngest Black men to ever graduate from NC State

At 18 years old, Messiah Williams has became one of the youngest Black men to graduate from NC State. “It’s been one heck of a journey,” Williams said. He moved from traditional public school to virtual school, before he started at Johnston Community College at 12 years old. While there, he studied computer science and engineering.… 

Jun 13, 2024 SciTechDaily

“Previously Only Theorized” – Researchers Demonstrate New Way To “Squeeze” Infrared Light

“The thin-film membranes maintain the desired infrared frequency, but compress the wavelengths, allowing imaging devices to capture images with greater resolution,” says Yin Liu, co-corresponding author of a paper on the work and an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at North Carolina State University. 

Jun 13, 2024 WCTI

NC State researchers use advanced sonar to study fish at Cedar Island sanctuary

Melissa LaCroce, a research assistant at NC State CMAST, is currently conducting field work at the Cedar Island oyster sanctuary. She is utilizing the ARIS Defender 3000, a handheld underwater sonar, to help in characterizing the fish assemblage in the sanctuary. Also present during the research were masters student John Brooks and PhD student Bethany Wager. 

Jun 12, 2024 Medical Xpress

AI-powered simulation training improves human performance in robotic exoskeletons

Researchers at North Carolina State University have demonstrated a new method that leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and computer simulations to train robotic exoskeletons to autonomously help users save energy while walking, running and climbing stairs. 

Jun 12, 2024 Mirage News

AI Strategy May Boost Use of Portable Robotic Exoskeletons

Called “exoskeletons,” wearable robotic frameworks for the human body promise easier movement, but technological hurdles have limited their broader application, explained Dr. Shuzhen Luo of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University — first author of the “Nature” paper, with corresponding author Dr. Hao Su of North Carolina State University (NC State) and other colleagues.