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Apr 8, 2019

Using Local Expertise To Assess Hurricane Impacts

Researchers are launching a project to assess the impacts of the 2018 hurricanes on North Carolina by making use of the people who know the affected counties best. 

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Mar 21, 2019

Displacement Is Part of the Experience

Displacement is part of the reading experience. It happens every time we stumble upon an allusion or reference outside our body of knowledge. 

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Mar 21, 2019

On the Value of Poetry

Poetry is a communal act: it is one human being addressing other human beings in a full expression of shared experience. 

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Mar 21, 2019

Poetry Is a Thing With Feathers

Along with music and dance, poetry is one of the old arts. It walks with us through history, always present, whether we are aware of it or not. 

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Mar 15, 2019

For Older Adults, Sense of Control Tied to Feeling Younger

A recent study on the psychology of aging finds older adults feel younger when they feel they have more control over their daily lives, regardless of stress or health concerns. However, stress and health – not a sense of control – play a significant role in how old younger adults feel. 

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Mar 7, 2019

Study Finds Nonprofit Partnerships Can Help Solve Bureaucratic Tangles

New research suggests some nonprofits may better serve their constituents by partnering with public institutions in order to navigate bureaucracy and access services more efficiently. 

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Mar 5, 2019

Attitudes About Health Affect How Older Adults Engage With Negative Health News

Older adults are more willing to engage with negative health information when they have a positive attitude about their own health. 

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Mar 4, 2019

Why Home Cooking Isn’t Possible for Everyone – And What We Can Do About It

The ideal of the home-cooked meal is out of reach for many Americans. What should we do about that? 

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Feb 11, 2019

Study: Aquaculture Does Little, if Anything, to Conserve Wild Fisheries

New research finds that aquaculture, or fish farming, does not help conserve wild fisheries. 

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Feb 6, 2019

How to Pick the Right Thrift Store for All the Stuff That Didn’t Spark Joy

Now that Marie Kondo has convinced you to tidy up, what do you do with all that stuff? 

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Jan 29, 2019

Sleep, Mood Affect How ‘In Control’ Older Adults Feel

Sleep, mood and stress affect the extent to which older adults feel they have control over their lives. 

tomato plants

Jan 24, 2019

Maternal Instincts Don’t Explain the Gender Gap on GM Foods

Why are women more skeptical about GM foods? 

rows of lithium ion batteries

Dec 5, 2018

Experts Lay Out Options For Future of Energy Storage in North Carolina

A report by NC State experts details energy storage options to inform energy policy. 

Portraits of men from the 19th century

Nov 27, 2018

How 21st Century Tech Can Shed Light on 19th Century Newspapers

Scholars are using digital humanities tools in an attempt to organize research on thousands of images found in 19th century newspapers. 

Nov 26, 2018

Drug Use, Religion Explain ‘Reverse Gender Gap’ on Marijuana

Women tend to be more conservative than men on political questions related to marijuana. A recent study finds that this gender gap appears to be driven by religion and the fact that men are more likely to have used marijuana.