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2012-11-16 16:25:29

NCREN Community Day 2012 at Elon University highlights current, future efforts of high-speed connectivity in state ELON, N.C., Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MCNC, the private, not-for-profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), today announced that more than 200 educators, researchers, government officials, and business leaders from all over North Carolina gathered at Elon University on Thursday and Friday to "think big" about the future of...

Seedless Watermelon Farmers Helped Through Pollenizer Research
2012-10-16 16:53:33

Research from North Carolina State University on flower production and disease resistance in watermelon varieties should help bolster seedless watermelon harvests for farmers. Seedless watermelons are more popular than seeded watermelons, making them a more profitable crop for farmers. But the flowers of seedless watermelon plants must be fertilized with pollen from the male flowers of seeded watermelon plants, because seedless plants do not produce genetically viable pollen. This is a...

Carbon Nanotubes Stretched Using New Technique To Make Stronger Composites
2012-10-15 12:04:56

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed new techniques for stretching carbon nanotubes (CNT) and using them to create carbon composites that can be used as stronger, lighter materials in everything from airplanes to bicycles. By stretching the CNT material before incorporating it into a composite for use in finished products, the researchers straighten the CNTs in the material, which significantly improves its tensile strength — and enhances the stiffness of...

2012-10-05 10:23:09

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Students applying to enter college in the Fall of 2013 can apply online to any of 117 North Carolina four-year or two-year public and private colleges, including community colleges by using the College Foundation of North Carolina website (CFNC.org). Both first-year and transfer students can apply for undergraduate programs through CFNC.org. Basic information students have entered in their CFNC user account will automatically fill sections of...

How Solvent Mixtures Affect Organic Solar Cell Structure Revealed
2012-10-04 15:54:25

Controlling “mixing” between acceptor and donor layers, or solar cell domains, in polymer-based solar cells could increase their efficiency, according to a team of researchers that included physicists from North Carolina State University. Their findings shed light on the inner workings of these solar cells, and could lead to further improvements in efficiency. Polymer-based solar cells consist of two domains, known as the acceptor and the donor layers. Excitons, the energy...

2012-09-05 11:35:52

A North Carolina State University researcher has created a roadmap to areas of the brain associated with affective aggression in mice. This roadmap may be the first step toward finding therapies for humans suffering from affective aggression disorders that lead to impulsive violent acts. Affective aggression differs from defensive aggression or premeditated aggression used by predators, in that the role of affective aggression isn´t clear and could be considered maladaptive. NC State...

New, Less Expensive Nanolithography Technique Developed
2012-08-31 17:04:35

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new nanolithography technique that is less expensive than other approaches and can be used to create technologies with biomedical applications. “Among other things, this type of lithography can be used to manufacture chips for use in biological sensors that can identify target molecules, such as proteins or genetic material associated with specific medical conditions,” says Dr. Albena Ivanisevic, co-author of a...

2012-08-28 10:22:09

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- David Motsinger has been named chief technology officer of WebAssign, the leading provider of powerful online instructional tools for faculty and students. Motsinger, a prominent Raleigh, N.C. technologist with more than 20 years of experience in the computer software industry, comes to WebAssign from Cary, N.C.-based StrikeIron, Inc., where he served in the same capacity for nearly seven years. Motsinger led the cloud computing technology...

Light Efficiency Almost Doubled In LC Projectors
2012-07-16 09:55:25

Researchers from North Carolina State University and ImagineOptix Corporation have developed new technology to convert unpolarized light into polarized light, which makes projectors that use liquid crystal (LC) technology almost twice as energy efficient. The new technology has resulted in smaller, lower cost and more efficient projectors, meaning longer battery life and significantly lower levels of heat. All LC projectors — used from classrooms to conference rooms — utilize...

2012-07-10 02:31:26

RALEIGH, N.C., July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- WebAssign, the leading provider of powerful online instructional tools for college faculty and students now in its 15th year, has released its latest version of their Blackboard Building Block(TM). WebAssign's enhanced Version 2.0 provides new functionality to meet current users' growing needs, and includes the ability: for LTI-compliant single sign-on to synchronize Blackboard course rosters to linked WebAssign courses to synchronize student...