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2010-08-30 13:04:46

Fertilizer chemicals may pose a bigger hazard to the environment "“ specifically to creatures that live in water "“ than originally foreseen, according to new research from North Carolina State University toxicologists. In a study published in the Aug. 27 edition of PLoS One, the NC State researchers show that water fleas take up nitrates and nitrites "“ common chemicals used primarily in agriculture as fertilizers "“ and convert those chemicals into nitric oxide....

2010-08-24 17:18:38

Laughter can play key roles in group communication and group dynamics "“ even when there's nothing funny going on. That's according to new research from North Carolina State University that examined the role of laughter in jury deliberations during a capital murder case. The researchers were given access to the full transcript of jury deliberations in the 2004 Ohio trial of Mark Ducic, a white male charged with two murders and 30 additional counts, largely related to drug violations....

2010-08-18 13:51:41

A new study by a team including a professor from North Carolina State University has found a way to implement wireless monitoring technology "“ with uses ranging from climate control to health and safety applications "“ by tapping into a building's heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) ducts. The finding could lead to significant time and cost savings for builders and building managers, since the systems can be put into place without the expense and effort of running...

2010-08-18 10:00:00

Rising rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and large differences in diagnosis rates have led to fears that the condition is often being misdiagnosed. A new study from North Carolina State University demonstrates that these concerns are justified. The researchers found large discrepancies in diagnosis and treatment rates based on small differences in children's dates of birth. "The question we asked was whether children who are relatively young compared to their classroom...

2010-08-16 14:40:07

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a method for predicting the ways nanoparticles will interact with biological systems "“ including the human body. Their work could have implications for improved human and environmental safety in the handling of nanomaterials, as well as applications for drug delivery. NC State researchers Dr. Jim Riviere, Burroughs Wellcome Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and director of the university's Center for Chemical...

2010-08-10 23:05:00

ARMONK, N.Y., and RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and North Carolina State University today announced a new project that matches university-invented technologies and scientific advancements with global business opportunities. The project is designed to encourage economic growth and get new inventions from NC State researchers into the marketplace quickly. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO ) (Logo:...

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2010-08-03 08:21:01

Scientists track amphibian populations because these animals are sensitive to changes in their environment and can serve as "canaries in the coal mine" to give researchers early warnings about pollution or other ecological problems. But new research from North Carolina State University shows that data from the largest amphibian monitoring program in the country may have flaws that, if uncorrected, could result in overestimates of frog populations. The U.S. Geological Survey launched the North...

2010-07-27 15:48:19

Introducing innovative new products and ideas to the marketplace can be a tricky proposition. Sometimes they take off immediately (like the iPod) and sometimes they can take a while to garner consumer confidence (like the Segway). A troubled economy can make it more difficult to convince consumers to take a leap on a new product. But new research from North Carolina State University finds that targeted marketing to opinion leaders makes it more likely that consumers will buy into innovative...

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2010-07-26 10:15:48

Wildfires can be deadly, as well as causing millions of dollars worth of damage to homes, businesses and natural resources. Efforts to control wildfires often include a staggering array of federal, state and local government agencies. New research from North Carolina State University is shedding light on how these agencies can better communicate with each other in order to respond more efficiently and effectively to wildfire disasters. "The effective flow of information between groups is...

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2010-07-21 10:33:18

It's hot out right now, but new research from North Carolina State University will help us know what to expect when the weather turns cold. Researchers have developed a new methodology that improves the accuracy of winter precipitation and temperature forecasts. The tool should be valuable for government and utility officials, since it provides key information for use in predicting energy consumption and water availability. "Predicting winter precipitation is extremely useful, because winter...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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