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Jun 7, 2023

New Dino, ‘Iani,’ Was Face of a Changing Planet

A newly discovered plant-eating dinosaur may have been a species’ “last gasp.” 

Jun 1, 2023

2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins: Here’s What to Know About This Year’s Storms

North Carolina State University outlook: Similar to NOAA, university forecasters released a range of possible season activity and expect 11 to 15 named storms to form in the Atlantic basin this year. 

May 25, 2023

NOAA Predicts up to 17 Named Storms, up to 4 Major Hurricanes This Hurricane Season

North Carolina State University revealed its forecast on April 12, predicting as many as eight hurricanes in the Atlantic basin this hurricane season. NC State forecasters believe there will be 11 to 15 named storms, six to eight hurricanes and two to three major hurricanes. 

May 17, 2023

Contact Lenses Contain Dangerous Levels of Cancer-Causing Chemicals: Study

Researchers from a number of American universities including North Carolina State University tested 18 different pairs of soft contact lenses to see if they contained PFAS. At least half were daily lenses. 

May 17, 2023

Cancer-Causing ‘Forever Chemicals’ Found in Many Kinds of Contact Lenses, Study Finds

“You could consider [the lenses] almost pure PFAS,” Scott Belcher, a North Carolina State University researcher and scientific adviser of the lab testing, told The Guardian. 

The Memorial Belltower framed under a brick arch on NC State's campus.

May 11, 2023

2 College of Sciences Faculty Win Fulbright Scholar Awards

College of Sciences faculty Karen Daniels and Charlie Smith will use their awards to conduct research in India and Japan, respectively. 

May 9, 2023

Many Soft Contact Lenses in U.S. Made Up of PFAS, Research Suggests

The Guardian
“You could consider [the lenses] almost pure PFAS,” said Scott Belcher, an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and scientific adviser on the contact lens testing. 

May 5, 2023

The Epic Journey of Dust in the Wind Often Ends With Happy Plankton

Popular Science
Scientists pay close attention to dust particles because of their roles as iron couriers. “Often, when we think of dust,” says Douglas Hamilton, an earth scientist at North Carolina State University, who was not an author on the paper, “we do link it immediately to the iron.” 

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May 4, 2023

Studying Fundamentals of Water as a Solvent Could Lead to Greener Cellulose-Based Products

NC State chemists found that water can change its solubility characteristics depending upon what it interacts with. 

May 3, 2023

Studying Fundamentals of Water as a Solvent Could Lead to Greener Cellulose-Based Products
NC State chemists found that when water interacts with cellulose, it can stack in layered shells to control chemical reactions within, and physical properties of, the material. The work has implications for more sustainable and efficient design of cellulose-based products.