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2012-04-11 10:32:26

A North Carolina State University study shows that, for the first time since testing began several years ago, feral pigs in North Carolina have tested positive for Brucella suis, an important and harmful bacteria that can be transmitted to people. The bacteria are transmitted to humans by unsafe butchering and consumption of undercooked meat. Clinical signs of brucellosis, the disease caused by the bacteria, in people are fairly non-specific and include persistent flu-like symptoms. The...

2012-04-09 09:42:53

A North Carolina State University researcher has developed a more efficient, less expensive way of cooling electronic devices — particularly devices that generate a lot of heat, such as lasers and power devices. The technique uses a “heat spreader” made of a copper-graphene composite, which is attached to the electronic device using an indium-graphene interface film “Both the copper-graphene and indium-graphene have higher thermal conductivity, allowing the device...

World Of Warcraft Improves Cognitive Ability
2012-02-23 06:10:30

A new study subjected older adults to the popular game World of Warcraft in order to test the change in their cognitive ability. Researchers at North Carolina State University found that playing the game boosted the cognitive ability of those adults that played the game, especially those that scored poorly on the baseline test. Dr. Anne McLaughlin, an assistant professor of psychology at North Carolina State and co-author of the study says, “We chose World of Warcraft because it...

2012-02-16 14:19:53

Genetic information provided by a large group of specially-designed mice could pave the way to faster human health discoveries and transform the ways people battle and prevent disease. In 15 papers published Feb. 16 in the Genetics Society of America journals Genetics and G3:Genes/Genomes/Genetics, researchers from North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Jackson Laboratory and other universities and labs across the globe highlight a new genetic...

Toyota Recalls Made No Dent On Their Brand
2012-02-16 04:31:04

A study from North Carolina State University shows that Toyota´s safety-related recalls that began in 2009 made little to no impact on how consumers perceived the brand. “These findings highlight the importance of establishing and maintaining a reputation for quality,” says Dr. Robert Hammond, an assistant professor of economics at NC State and lead author of a paper describing the study. “Not only will it help you sell cars in the first place, but it will help you...

2012-02-14 14:16:55

Large college athletics departments talk the talk when it comes to concern for the environment and environmental sustainability, but only a small percentage of these departments actually walk the walk in making their operations “greener.” It turns out there´s a large disconnect between athletics departments and other campus departments charged with advancing environmental sustainability, says Dr. Jonathan Casper, a North Carolina State University associate professor of...

2012-02-14 00:04:28

North Carolina State University chemists have created a compound that makes existing antibiotics 16 times more effective against recently discovered antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.” These so-called superbugs are actually bacterial strains that produce an enzyme known as New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase (NDM-1). Bacteria that produce this enzyme are practically impervious to antibiotics because NDM-1renders certain antibiotics unable to bind with their bacterial targets....


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.'