The Croatan National Forest is the only true coastal forest in the East and a remnant of the Longleaf pine forest, which once made up 90 percent of the forest in the Southeast. It is home to several endangered species.
Every time you get a flu shot, you should thank a horseshoe crab. Most medical interventions—vaccines, drugs, devices—have been tested on horseshoe crabs. Their blood clots immediately when it's exposed to dangerous bacteria.
A team at UNC Chapel Hill discovers that by rearranging silicone molecules, they can make a gel that performs a lot like skin and muscle, paving the way for new medical devices and possibly life-like skin for robots.