Successful Innovation: A Field Guide to the Psychology of Change
The word “innovation” gets thrown around a lot, often in regard to the development of new products or services. But what predicts how people will respond to new things or ideas?
Bioactive Film Improves How Implants Bond With Bone in Animal Study
NC State researchers have developed a technique for coating polymer implants with a bioactive film that significantly increases bonding between the implant and surrounding bone in an animal model.
Research Finds Offender Risk Assessment Tools in U.S. Are Promising, but Questions Remain
The criminal justice system in the United States uses a variety of tools to assess the behavior of criminal offenders, and those risk assessments can have a significant impact on an offender’s fate. A new meta-analysis of the research conducted in the U.S. on these tools shows that – while promising – it is still unclear whether these tools reduce bias against offenders.
Research Finds Skull Condition Thought Extinct Is Actually Widespread
Some forensic anthropologists thought the skull condition called cribra orbitalia (CO) was a thing of the past – but new research finds that it is fairly common in both North America and South Africa.
Researchers Integrate Diamond/Boron Nitride Crystalline Layers for Use in High-Power Devices
NC State researchers have developed a new technique to deposit diamond on the surface of cubic boron nitride, integrating the two materials into a single crystalline structure.
New Techniques Make RFID Tags 25 Percent Smaller
NC State researchers have developed a suite of techniques that allow them to create passive radio-frequency identification tags that are 25 percent smaller – and therefore less expensive.
Metal Foam Obliterates Bullets – and That’s Just the Beginning
Composite metal foams are tough enough to turn an armor-piercing bullet into dust on impact. But armor is just the beginning of its potential uses.
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.
Metal Foam Protects From Fire and Heat Twice as Well as Plain Metal
Light-weight composite metal foams (CMFs) are significantly more effective at insulating against high heat than the conventional base metals and alloys that they’re made of, such as steel. The CMF is especially promising for use in storing and transporting nuclear material, hazardous materials, explosives and other heat-sensitive materials, as well as for space exploration.
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.