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Hidden Dune Filters Used To Treat Coastal Stormwater Runoff
2013-03-19 10:43:38

North Carolina State University When it rains, untreated stormwater can sweep pollutants into coastal waters, potentially endangering public health. Now researchers from North Carolina State University have developed low-cost filtration systems that are concealed beneath sand dunes and filter out most of the bacteria that can lead to beach closures. “It was not economically feasible to use a tract of beachfront property to treat stormwater. Instead, we were able to devise a system...

New Study Offers Insights On Invasive Fly Threatening US Fruit Crops
2013-03-15 13:57:18

North Carolina State University Humans aren´t the only species with a sweet tooth. Research from North Carolina State University shows that the invasive spotted-wing vinegar fly (Drosophila suzukii) also prefers sweet, soft fruit — giving us new insight into a species that has spread across the United States over the past four years and threatens to cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to U.S. fruit crops. “Because we know that D. suzukii prefers softer,...

Little Room Left For Error In Foundations Of Carbon-Based Life
2013-03-14 12:57:03

North Carolina State University Life as we know it is based upon the elements of carbon and oxygen. Now a team of physicists, including one from North Carolina State University, is looking at the conditions necessary to the formation of those two elements in the universe. They´ve found that when it comes to supporting life, the universe leaves very little margin for error. Both carbon and oxygen are produced when helium burns inside of giant red stars. Carbon-12, an essential...

Limited Phosphorus Makes Gulf Of Mexico Algae Even Meaner
2013-03-13 10:27:32

North Carolina State University When Gulf of Mexico algae don't get enough nutrients, they focus their remaining energy on becoming more and more poisonous to ensure their survival, according to a new study by scientists from North Carolina State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The study shows that harmful and ubiquitous Karenia brevis algae, which cause red tide blooms across the Gulf of Mexico, become two to seven times more toxic when levels of...

Researchers Use Bioactive Film To Coat Spinal Polymer Implants To Improve Bonding With Bone
2013-02-19 11:02:32

North Carolina State University Researchers from North Carolina State University have for the first time successfully coated polymer implants with a bioactive film. The discovery should improve the success rate of such implants — which are often used in spinal surgeries. The polymer used in these implants, called PEEK, does not bond well with bone or other tissues in the body. This can result in the implant rubbing against surrounding tissues, which can lead to medical...

Asian Needle Ants Displacing Other Aggressive Invaders
2013-02-11 10:07:43

North Carolina State University Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that one of the most aggressive invasive ant species in the United States — the Argentine ant — appears to have met its match in the Asian needle ant. Specifically, the researchers have found that the Asian needle ant is successfully displacing Argentine ants in an urban environment, indicating that the Asian needle ant — with its venomous sting — may be the next invasive...

Insects Spend A Lot Of Time Grooming
2013-02-05 04:30:20

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study, led by North Carolina State University, shows like self-absorbed teenagers, insects spend a lot of time grooming. This grooming, specifically antennal cleaning, is a common function of insects that removes both environmental pollutants and chemicals produced by the insects themselves. Grooming helps insects maintain acute olfactory senses, the study shows, which are responsible for a host of functions such as food...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'