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Author: Melia Kendall

Apr 28, 2020

Horny Lemurs Use Body Odor as a Pick-Up Line

Popular Science
Adam Hartsone-Rose, a lemur researcher at NC State not involved in the study, says that while the researchers examined a behavior we already knew about, they did the first deep-diving into the chemistry that drives it. “This study did a fantastic, really thorough job of unlocking those little microscopic keys,” he says. 

Apr 19, 2020

Can the Air Stay Clean After COVID-19? New Numbers Are Promising, but the Public Must Act

The News & Observer
It’s an illustration that clean air is not some Utopian fantasy of climate change activists. It’s very attainable. But is there any way to conquer this virus without surrendering this cleaner air when normal economic activity resumes? Viney Aneja, an air quality professor in the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences was able to answer this question. “This is a teaching moment,” he said. “We should learn from it. We should promote behavior that will allow air quality to be as good as it is outside right now.” Anej is the recipient of the 2007 North Carolina Science Award and developed one of the nation’s leading air-quality and climate research programs at NC State. 

Apr 17, 2020

NC State Researchers Predict Up to 22 Named Storms During 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season

WNCN
Lian Xie, professor of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, anticipate this hurricane season will see 18 to 22 named storms, which is above both long- and short-term averages. 

Apr 7, 2020

How Long Will It Take to Rid PFAS From Private Wells?

North Carolina Health News
There is no easy way to answer the question: “If Chemours were to stop polluting the air with Gen X, how long will these chemicals be able to contaminate wells?” However, researchers like David Genereux at NC State are investigating the answer. He is a leader in the study of groundwater contamination surrounding the Chemours plant, a sprawling chemical company near the border of Bladen and Cumberland counties. 

Apr 7, 2020

How’s the View From a Spinning Star?

New York Times
A neutron star’s gravity bends light, which distorts your view, just like what happens when you look through the surface of water. Astrophysicist Katie Mack answers the question, “what effect would this have on the sky?”. She said that on a neutron star, you would actually be able to see objects that are a little bit over the horizon, because the light leaving the object curves around the star on its way to your eye. 

Mar 28, 2020

Uranus Ejected a Giant Plasma Bubble During Voyager 2’s Visit

The New York Times
“Even with moderate gassiness, it’s likely that Uranus will be able to hold on to most of its atmosphere for the remainder of the solar system’s life,” said Paul Byrne, a planetary geologist at NC State who was not involved in the research. “Uranus just has that much gas.” 

Mar 26, 2020

Lack of Data Keeps It Unclear Whether, When NC Will ‘Flatten the Curve’ of Coronavirus Cases

WRAL
“Social distancing is all about buying time,” says Dr. Alun Lloyd, a mathematical biologist at NC State specializing in infectious disease spread. Lloyd agrees with the steps taken so far that have put life on hold for many. “Those stay at home orders could have a significant impact on the transmission of the infection." 

Mar 26, 2020

Collision on One Side of Pluto Ripped Up Terrain on the Other, Study Suggests

Scientific American
If this method of simulated planetary seismology holds water, Pluto’s secrets may not be the only ones to be extracted from afar, commented planetary geologist Paul Byrne, who was not directly involved in the research. 

Mar 24, 2020

Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Flow Freely Through This River—and Now Its Fish

National Geographic
Once the drinking water problem was identified, “people kept asking: What about fish?” says environmental toxicologist Scott Belcher, a corresponding author on the study of PFAS in striped bass. 

Mar 24, 2020

We Might be Living in a Gigantic, Intergalactic Bubble

Live Science
“If we’re getting different answers, that means that there’s something that we don’t know,” says astrophysicist Katie Mack. “So this is really about not just understanding the current expansion rate of the universe — which is something we’re interested in — but understanding how the universe has evolved, how the expansion has evolved, and what space-time has been doing all this time.”