In the News

Jul 2, 2019

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.

Jul 1, 2019

Fossilized Dino Bones Are Home to Diverse Microbial Communities

The Scientist
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.

Jul 1, 2019

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.

Jun 25, 2019

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.

Jun 18, 2019

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."

Jun 14, 2019

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.

Jun 13, 2019

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.

Jun 13, 2019

Huge mysterious blob discovered under the moon’s biggest crater

NBC News
“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.

Jun 5, 2019

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."

Jun 3, 2019

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.