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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.

Jan 18, 2023 The Guardian

Revealed: more than 90% of rainforest carbon offsets by biggest provider are worthless, analysis shows

Erin Sills, a co-author in the international group and a professor at North Carolina State University, said the findings were “disappointing and scary”. She was one of several researchers who said urgent changes were needed to finance rainforest conservation. “I’d like to find that conserving forests, which conserves biodiversity, and conserves local ecosystem services, also… 

Jan 18, 2023 The Washington Post

These common recipe instructions make food safety experts cringe

Cooking chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, which you can confirm by sticking a food thermometer into the thickest part, kills illness-causing germs such as salmonella. Rinsing raw chicken, on the other hand, can spread them. “There’s nothing that you can do to remove any of the harmful bacteria,” said Ben Chapman,… 

Jan 18, 2023 Science

How shapeless blobs of cells grow into wriggling worms

“We are beginning to get at how a larva produces an adult body plan,” says Christina Zakas, an evolutionary biologist at North Carolina State University (NCSU) who was not involved with the work. The study’s reliance on a sophisticated technique for tracking gene activity in single cells is also a milestone. To date, most single-cell… 

Jan 17, 2023 KYMA

Enjoying nature may lessen need for some medications, study finds

“The analysis can reveal key associations, but we can’t say for certain whether it was the greenspace proximity or use that led to reduced use of medications,” said Lincoln Larson, an associate professor in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, who was not involved in the study. 

Jan 17, 2023 CNN

Enjoying nature may lessen need for some medications, study finds

“The analysis can reveal key associations, but we can’t say for certain whether it was the greenspace proximity or use that led to reduced use of medications,” said Lincoln Larson, an associate professor in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, who was not involved in the study. “Perhaps people… 

Jan 17, 2023 WRAL Tech Wire

How to manage water as Triangle grows? Buffers are no magic bullet, NCSU study warns

“Buffers are good for watersheds – there’s a lot of literature that shows that they’re great for water quantity and also for quality,” said the study’s lead author Elly T. Gay, a graduate student in forestry and environmental resources at NC State. “But in the future, buffers in isolation may not be viable as the only… 

Jan 17, 2023 CNN

Locally caught fish are full of dangerous chemicals called PFAS, study finds

“Some of these chemicals have half-lives in the range of five years,” National Academies report committee member Jane Hoppin, an environmental epidemiologist and director of the Center for Human Health and the Environment at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, told CNN previously. “Let’s say you have 10 nanograms of PFAS in your body right… 

Jan 13, 2023 Physics World

Strain sensor for wearable electronics combines high sensitivity with large sensing range

What’s really needed is a single sensor that can be attached to different parts of the body and can accurately measure the full range of strains on human skin. With this goal in mind, a team at North Carolina State University has developed a soft stretchable resistive strain sensor that offers high sensitivity, large sensing… 

Jan 13, 2023 WNCN

Fact check: No, 87,000 IRS agents aren’t coming to audit you. Why is that number so persistent?

“Many of these representatives ran on campaigns to do just what they did” in supporting the measure, said tax expert Nathan Goldman, an assistant professor at the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University. 

Jan 13, 2023 Phys.org

Tweets, news offer insights on invasive insect spread

A new North Carolina State University study shows the potential for using Twitter and online news articles to track the timing and location of invasive insect spread in the United States and around the globe. Researchers say these sources are promising for filling in gaps when official data are not widely available. 

Jan 13, 2023 Phys.org

Forests can help manage water amid development, climate change

Forests can filter water, and they can also slow water down to prevent floods or keep water levels up during droughts, said the study’s co-author Katherine Martin, assistant professor of forestry and environmental resources at NC State. Alternatively, stream flows can be more extreme in urban areas with more paved surfaces. Riparian buffers are one tool… 

Jan 12, 2023 Mt Airy News

Airport’s economic output $739 million

Of the $72.3 billion dollar aviation industry in the state, $6.18 billion of that is created from general aviation airports and the MWK accounted for almost 12% of that figure. The State of Aviation report was generated from the latest analyses of economic impacts from each of North Carolina’s public airports, as conducted by North… 

Jan 12, 2023 Inside Higher Ed

ChatGPT Advice Academics Can Use Now

Invite Students Into the Conversation.Higher ed professionals are asking how ChatGPT will affect students or change education. But what do students think? How or why would they use it? And what’s it like when they try? For the past few semesters, I’ve given students assignments to “cheat” on their final papers with text-generating software. In… 

Jan 12, 2023 AgDaily

Variable-density planting can be a cost-effective tool for weed control

“By using our optimization model, growers can now adopt variable planting strategies at a large scale to increase weed suppression while maintaining or even reducing their costs,” says Sandra Ethridge of North Carolina State University. “They can balance denser plantings in areas where weeds have been identified with lower-density plantings in areas known to be… 

Jan 12, 2023 WRAL Tech Wire

NC State improve pandemic prediction model after fixing fundamental flaw in modeling

“One of the biggest challenges in modeling is dealing with uncertain parameters,” says Mohammad Farazmand, assistant professor of mathematics at NC State and corresponding author of the research. “One way that models deal with these uncertainties is to add random fluctuations, or noise, to the model so that the parameter value fluctuates just as it would…