Latest North Carolina State University Stories

2010-07-13 18:32:00

A college quarterback coming into the locker room with a dislocated shoulder wouldn't care whether the athletic trainer taking care of him is male or female "” or would he? A study from North Carolina State University examining male football players' perceptions of female athletic trainers "“ and their comfort level in being treated by females "“ shows that the quarterback would most likely prefer a male, unless the dislocated shoulder made him depressed. "Previous research...

2010-07-13 17:41:44

New research from North Carolina State University shows that an increase in professional business practices such as outsourcing, hiring temporary workers and focusing on project-based teams is having a detrimental effect on workers and likely poses long-term problems for employers. A worker's satisfaction with his or her job is important because it affects employee loyalty, efficiency in the workplace and quality of life. "We spend a great deal of our time at work, so it is an important part...

2010-07-12 13:40:35

Large-scale computer hosting infrastructures offer a variety of services to computer users, including cloud computing "“ which offers users access to powerful computers and software applications hosted by remote groups of servers. But when these infrastructures run into problems "“ like bottlenecks that slow their operating speed "“ it can be costly for both the infrastructure provider and the user. New research from North Carolina State University will allow these...

2010-07-06 11:17:10

Research from North Carolina State University offers a new means of determining the sex of skeletal human remains "“ an advance that may have significant impacts in the wake of disasters, the studying of ancient remains and the criminal justice system. Historically, forensic scientists have been able to determine the sex of skeletal remains by visually evaluating the size and shape of the pelvis, or os coxa. "This technique is accurate, but is not without its limitations," says Dr. Ann...

2010-06-30 14:23:01

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a more efficient technique for producing biofuels from woody plants that significantly reduces the waste that results from conventional biofuel production techniques. The technique is a significant step toward creating a commercially viable new source of biofuels. "This technique makes the process more efficient and less expensive," says Dr. Ratna Sharma-Shivappa, associate professor of biological and agricultural engineering at NC...

2010-06-30 12:20:00

Many people believe that getting older means losing a mental edge, leading to poor decision-making. But a new study from North Carolina State University shows that when it comes to making intuitive decisions "“ using your "gut instincts" "“ older adults fare as well as their juniors. The researchers tested groups of young adults (aged 17-28) and community-dwelling older adults (aged 60-86) "“ meaning they live in the community, rather than in a nursing home "“ to see...

2010-06-29 08:00:00

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Institute for Defense and Business (IDB) will be conducting the fourth offering of its Life Cycle Executive Leadership Program (LCELP) July 18-23 in Chapel Hill, NC. The IDB partnered with the Schools of Industrial and Systems Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T) to develop this course focused on the business aspects of managing products and system life cycles....

2010-06-08 10:50:00

How safe is the food we get from restaurants, cafeterias and other food-service providers? A new study from North Carolina State University "” the first study to place video cameras in commercial kitchens to see how precisely food handlers followed food-safety guidelines "“  discovered that risky practices can happen more often than previously thought. "Meals prepared outside the home have been implicated in up to 70 percent of food poisoning outbreaks, making them a vital...

2010-06-02 09:47:27

The concept of a wind-powered vehicle that can be used to explore the surface of Mars "“ a so-called "tumbleweed rover" that would roll over the surface of Mars like a tumbleweed "“ has been around for more than 10 years, but so far there has been no consensus on exactly what that vehicle should look like. Now researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a computer model that allows engineers to test the attributes of different vehicle designs. This will allow...

2010-06-01 09:42:50

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that applying a small electric field results in faster formation of ceramic products during manufacture at lower temperatures, and enhances the strength of the ceramic itself. At issue is a process called sintering, which is how most ceramic products are made. The process involves taking fine ceramic powder, compressing it into the desired shape of the final product, and heating it. Under high heat, the atoms of the powder material...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'