Oyster Restoration Work Nears Completion
Coastal Review Online
“We recently completed a comprehensive survey of reefs in Pamlico Sound, including reefs that are harvested, natural, intertidal and subtidal. And what we found, is that while subtidal sanctuary oyster reefs in Pamlico Sound only occupy about 6% of the total footprint of oysters, they account for an estimated 40% of the oyster population in Pamlico Sound,” said Dave Eggleston, director of NC State's Center for Marine Science and Technology.
Fossilized Dino Bones Are Home to Diverse Microbial Communities
Some of the most widely publicized reports of ancient proteins have been based on samples that are tens of millions of years old. The lab of NC State paleontologist Mary Schweitzer, for example, has published multiple papers describing the presence of soft tissue and proteins in pieces of bone from Tyrannosaurus rex and other dinosaurs.
As moon landing anniversary arrives, astronaut Christina Koch makes history of her own
The News & Observer
“Most kids probably dream of becoming an astronaut. I was just the one that never grew out of it,” said Koch in an interview Monday with The News & Observer from the space station. Koch, a graduate of N.C. State University, left for space March 14 and has been in orbit for just over 100 days as a flight engineer for NASA’s expedition 59 and 60.
Contaminated drinking water may stretch beyond eastern Wake County private wells
The News & Observer
The contamination of private wells comes from a 200-million-year-old geological formation of granite underneath the ground. Uranium is not a common mineral, but is found in granite and can remain in the ground for a very long time, said Bill Showers, a geochemist at NC State.
The Evolution of Puppy Dog Eyes
Nature World News
Co-author and anatomist Adam Hartstone-Rose, at NC State, said: “These muscles are so thin that you can literally see through them – and yet the movement that they allow seems to have such a powerful effect that it appears to have been under substantial evolutionary pressure."
Why alligators with orange heads are showing up around the Cape Fear region
A team of researchers from NC State has been capturing, testing and tagging alligators across the state as part of a study to learn more about the potential health impacts that Perfluorinated compounds (PFAS), like GenX, can have on animals.
Transgenerational BPA exposure may contribute to autism, study finds
News Medical Life Sciences
Transgenerational bisphenol A (BPA) exposure may contribute to autism, according to a mouse study led by an NC State behavioral neuroendocrinologist and published in Endocrinology.
Huge mysterious blob discovered under the moon’s biggest crater
“This is a very large mass of a scale that is difficult even for geologists to recognize,” said Paul Byrne, an assistant professor of planetary geology at NC State and a member of the team of scientists who made the discovery.
Does the recent severe weather relate to climate change?
"It doesn't mean every rainstorm is going to be heavier," said Walt Robinson of the State Climate Office at NC State. "But it means the biggest storms can be bigger and the heaviest storms can be heavier."
Chemists Build a Better Cancer-Killing Drill
An international team of scientists, including researchers from NC State, is getting closer to perfecting molecule-sized motors that drill through the surface of cancer cells, killing them in an instant.