‘Great Pumpkin Project’ Recruits Citizen Scientists to Document Agricultural Biodiversity
A team of biology researchers is recruiting citizen scientists to participate in a study of which microbes and insects visit the same crop plants around the world.
New Tool Can Help Policymakers Prioritize Information Needs for Synthetic Biology Tech
Researchers have developed a model that can be used to assess emerging synthetic biology products to determine what needs to be done to inform future policies.
ORIED Announces Inaugural GRIP Winners
Four NC State research teams have been selected as the inaugural winners of the Game-Changing Research Incentive Program (GRIP), a three-year, $2.3 million seed-funding initiative designed to stimulate interdisciplinary and collaborative research in the Triangle.
NC State Fighting Zika on Multiple Fronts
NC State is fighting the worldwide outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus Zika by designing innovative, mosquito-proof fabrics; developing mathematical models that describe and predict the spread of infections; genetically engineering mosquitos to suppress their transmission of disease; and drawing attention to missed opportunities for better biotechnology regulation.
New Approach to Determining How Atoms Are Arranged in Materials
Researchers have developed a novel approach to materials characterization, using Bayesian statistical methods to glean new insights into the structure of materials.
Study: Bioenergy Decisions Involve Wildlife Habitat and Land Use Trade-offs
New research finds that choosing how to meet bioenergy goals means making trade-offs about which wildlife species and ecosystems will be most impacted.
How Teaching Robots to Identify Microscopic Fossils Could Help Us Understand Oceans
An unlikely partnership is attempting to solve a tricky engineering challenge and advance our understanding of Earth’s oceans.
Researchers Devise Tool to Improve Imaging of Neuronal Activity in the Brain
In a partnership melding neuroscience and electrical engineering, researchers have developed a new technology that will allow neuroscientists to capture images of the brain almost 10 times larger than previously possible.
New Tech Uses Hardware, Software to Train Dogs More Efficiently
NC State researchers have developed and used a customized suite of technologies that allows a computer to train a dog autonomously, with the computer effectively responding to the dog based on the dog’s body language.
Study Finds Online HIV Prevention Resources Face Resistance From Black Female College Students
New research finds that black female college students were often unlikely to use online resources related to HIV prevention, due to the stigma associated with the disease and concerns that their social network would learn they were accessing HIV-related materials.
How Forecasting Water Reclamation Use Can Save Money, Water Resources
A changing climate and recent droughts in the South and West highlight the need to make the most of our limited water resources. One of the tools that can help the U.S. make efficient use of its water supplies is water reclamation – but utilities and water managers have sometimes struggled to deal with public perceptions of reclaimed water.
New Tools Allow Rapid ID of CRISPR-Cas System PAMs
CRISPR-Cas systems are widely heralded as a new generation of genetic tools. But development of these tools requires researchers to identify the protospacer-adjacent motifs (PAMs) that unlock each system’s functionality. A new set of techniques expedites PAM identification — and early testing finds that many CRISPR-Cas systems actually have multiple PAMs of varying strength.
Microneedle Patch Delivers Localized Cancer Immunotherapy to Melanoma
Biomedical engineers have developed a technique that uses a patch embedded with microneedles to deliver cancer immunotherapy treatment directly to the site of melanoma skin cancer.
Recreating the Web of Blood Vessels That Keep Human Tissue Alive
For years, one of the largest obstacles facing the field of regenerative medicine was the need to create a circulatory system to support new tissues and organs as they grew. Now two researchers are being recognized for creating technology to make the customized blood vessels necessary to support tissue generation.
Study Sheds New Light on Post-Operative Bleeding in Newborns
A new study finds significant differences between the blood clot structure in adults and newborns, helping researchers better understand the challenges in addressing post-operative bleeding in neonatal patients. The researchers also found that the current standard of care for treating post-operative bleeding may pose an increased risk of thrombosis in newborns compared to adults, which researchers hadn’t suspected.