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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.

May 17, 2022 WJW

Not a hoax: Hammerhead worms are real and in Ohio

Hammerhead worms secrete a potent neurotoxin called tetrodotoxin. They use it to immobilize prey. Tetrodotoxin is the same toxin produced by pufferfish, according to the North Carolina State University extension office. While they are invasive, hard to kill and kind of creepy, they are not toxic to humans or animals. They can be particularly damaging… 

May 16, 2022 USA Today

Fact check: Image shows a silicone model of a dolphin fetus in the womb, not photo or ultrasound

Experts say the image is generally consistent with what dolphins look like in the womb. “The gestation period for bottlenose dolphins is 12 months, and they do look similar to the model in the photograph,” said Vicky Thayer, a marine mammal stranding coordinator at North Carolina State University. 

May 16, 2022 The Washington Post

The swift march of climate change in North Carolina’s ‘ghost forests’

“This has happened over and over before in geologic time,” says Marcelo Ardón, an ecologist at North Carolina State University. “But now it is happening faster.” Ghost forests have existed for decades. But as they proliferate, scientists are racing to better understand the factors driving the changes, what humans might do to slow the demise… 

May 16, 2022 WRAL Tech Wire

What you missed at the 2022 eGames Awards

Locally-founded startups delivered yet another impressive showing at the 2022 eGames Award Ceremony. The eGames launched in 2009 as an annual startup competition, and the latest event saw more than $100,000 in cash prizes awarded to entrepreneurs with ties to North Carolina State University, which hosts the competition. While 49 student teams entered the competition,… 

May 16, 2022

Study finds soil composition isn’t key to southeast Raleigh flooding

Some types of soil act more like concrete than a sponge, allowing water to flow off to flood streams, creeks and rivers. However, a recent study by North Carolina State University researchers suggests recurrent problematic flooding in part of Raleigh is more likely due to the amount and location of paved surface in the area,… 

May 13, 2022 WRAL Tech Wire

Big shark + big toothache: What NC researchers discover from an ancient bad tooth

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences examined a deformed tooth from an Otodus megalodon shark in a search for the root cause: was it developmental, or related to feeding? The work could give paleontologists more insight into the developmental processes associated with tooth injury in ancient sharks, as well… 

May 13, 2022 ASBMB Today

Stem cell–derived model offers insights on gene activity and addiction

Researchers at North Carolina State University have demonstrated that neuron-like cells derived from human stem cells can serve as a model for studying changes in the nervous system associated with addiction. The work sheds light on the effect of dopamine on gene activity in neurons, and offers a blueprint for related research moving forward. 

May 13, 2022 The News & Observer

This ancient shark’s tooth was an odd shape. NC researchers try solving the mystery

Researchers in North Carolina decided to take a closer look at the dental abnormality — called a double tooth pathology — to determine if the shark’s mouth had been injured. Another consideration was that the animal developed the misshapen tooth on its own. 

May 13, 2022 WTVD

Mystery of cracked megalodon tooth solved by NC State researchers

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences believe they’ve gotten down to the root of the mystery surrounding a deformed tooth from a megalodon shark. One such tooth had scientists stumped. It was 4-inches in size and had a split down the middle. Scientists from NC State wanted to… 

May 12, 2022 The National Tribune

Study Finds Realism Key Factor in Driving Engagement with Virtual Reality Videos

“We found there were two aspects of virtual reality videos that were the most powerful predictors of whether viewers enjoyed VR videos and engaged with their content,” says Yang Cheng, first author of the study and an associate professor of communication at North Carolina State University. “Specifically, we found that realism and enjoyment were the… 

May 12, 2022 Phys.org

Sugar aversion hampers cockroach coupling

“This is common mating behavior in insects and some other animals: males present females a tasty or valuable gift—it’s like Valentine’s Day, but every day,” said Coby Schal, Blanton J. Whitmire Distinguished Professor of Entomology at NC State and co-corresponding author of the paper. 

May 12, 2022 Phys.org

Study finds realism a key factor in driving engagement with virtual reality videos

“We found there were two aspects of virtual reality videos that were the most powerful predictors of whether viewers enjoyed VR videos and engaged with their content,” says Yang Cheng, first author of the study and an associate professor of communication at North Carolina State University. “Specifically, we found that realism and enjoyment were the… 

May 12, 2022 The Washington Post

The swift march of climate change in North Carolina’s ‘ghost forests’

“This has happened over and over before in geologic time,” says Marcelo Ardón, an ecologist at North Carolina State University. “But now it is happening faster.” Ghost forests have existed for decades. But as they proliferate, scientists are racing to better understand the factors driving the changes, what humans might do to slow the demise… 

May 11, 2022 Phys.org

Getting a better view of landslide risk with LiDAR

A quick note on the terminology being used here: Landslides and debris flows are not the same. They are both considered “mass-wasting events” in that they move soil, debris, and rock downhill, but they differ in both water content and movement mechanism. Landslides move like a sled down a snowy slope, while debris flows, which… 

May 11, 2022 AZO Materials

New Affordable Method for Producing Hindered Amines

At the North Carolina State University, scientists have come up with an affordable and fast method for generating hindered amines. Hindered amines are a class of chemicals utilized as building blocks in products varying from pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals to organic light-emitting diodes and detergents.