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2010-09-29 12:14:07

The key to the stability of any building is its foundation, but it is difficult to test some building sites in advance "“ such as those on the moon. New research from North Carolina State University is helping resolve the problem by using computer models that can utilize a small sample of soil to answer fundamental questions about how soil at a building site will interact with foundations. "If you are going to build a large structure, you have to run a lot of tests on the building site...

2010-09-28 18:23:34

Researchers from North Carolina State University have identified a "tipping point" for national debt "“ the point at which national debt levels begin to have an adverse effect on economic growth. The findings could influence economic policy discussions globally, and will be distributed at the upcoming meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group. "If a country's public debt reaches 77 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), bad things start to happen," says...

2010-09-27 15:28:10

Researchers have long held that there are steps that can be taken to make brainstorming sessions more productive. New research from North Carolina State University finds that these recommendations actually do contribute to success when applied in real-world business environments. "Previous research has laid out best practices that are conducive to brainstorming, or group decision making, and we wanted to see whether using those practices makes a difference in the real world," says Dr. Joe...

2010-09-25 01:51:23

A team led by a North Carolina State University researcher has shown that water-gel-based solar devices "artificial leaves" can act like solar cells to produce electricity. The findings prove the concept for making solar cells that more closely mimic nature. They also have the potential to be less expensive and more environmentally friendly than the current standard-bearer: silicon-based solar cells. The bendable devices are composed of water-based gel infused with light-sensitive...

2010-09-21 08:00:00

RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- WebAssign, the leading provider of powerful online homework for college professors and students, announced this week it has formed a partnership with two open source content repositories - Connexions, a Rice University-based global repository of educational content, and Orange Grove Texts Plus (OGT+), a joint initiative of the University Press of Florida and The Orange Grove. The partnership aims to make college textbooks more affordable and allows...

2010-09-15 19:17:26

And if you want to compete for future grant dollars, you'll pay attention Tackling today's complex scientific questions often requires work from interdisciplinary collaborative research teams "“ and working in those teams can create its own problems. Now a group of researchers from around the country, including North Carolina State University, has published a commentary in the journal Science Translational Medicine outlining a new field of study that will help resolve problems facing...

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2010-09-15 09:25:00

Atrial fibrillation is a heart disorder that affects more than two million Americans, and is considered a key contributor to blood clots and stroke. Now researchers from North Carolina State University are developing a new computerized catheter that could make the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation faster, cheaper and more effective "“ while significantly decreasing radiation exposure related to the treatment. "We are developing a robotic catheter with significantly improved...

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2010-09-14 08:42:47

New research from North Carolina State University will help medical examiners and others identify human remains of those killed during the recent earthquake in Chile, as well as the bodies of the "disappeared" who were killed during the Pinochet administration. "We have developed population-specific identification criteria for the Chilean population, which will help us determine the stature and biological sex of skeletal remains," says Dr. Ann Ross, an associate professor of sociology and...

2010-08-31 13:19:50

A new study from North Carolina State University shows that genetics play a key factor in whether someone is willing to take a survey. "We wanted to know whether people are genetically predisposed to ignore requests for survey participation," says Dr. Lori Foster Thompson, an associate professor of psychology at NC State and lead author of a paper describing the research. "We found that there is a pretty strong genetic predisposition to not reply to surveys." For the study, the researchers...

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2010-08-31 10:56:34

In a counter-intuitive finding, new research from North Carolina State University shows that a species of shellfish widely consumed in the Pacific over the past 3,000 years has actually increased in size, despite "“ and possibly because of "“ increased human activity in the area. "What we've found indicates that human activity does not necessarily mean that there is going to be a negative impact on a species "“ even a species that people relied on as a major food source,"...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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