Articles

Real Star Power

City lights can hide the marvels of the universe. Only by going to dark places, such as a state park in the mountains, can amateur astronomers gaze upon the vastness and complexity of the universe. The earth is part of a solar system, which is in a spiral arm of a galaxy, which is one of millions of galaxies in the expanding universe. It's all there to see.

Rapid Water Test

The greatest danger for beachgoers may be millions of microbes also swimming in the water. While many are there naturally, stormwater runoff and sewage system failures can overwhelm coastal waters. One percent of NC's beaches were closed for short times in 2012 because of microbial contaminants. A marine biologist has now developed a rapid water test to keep the public safe.

Looking For Lincoln

Former Disney animator and President Lincoln fan Christopher Oakley never thought his project to animate the Gettysburg Address would lead to an important historical discovery. But while researching the project, Oakley used his animation skills and new technology to discover a never-before-seen image of Lincoln at Gettysburg, also revealing that an image everyone thought was of Lincoln, was not.

What’s My Story: Zoologist Jenny Campbell

Dr. Jenny Campbell is the Zoology Coordinator for the Department of Biological Sciences at NC State University and a teaching professor. Growing up, she went to sleep every night with a dog on her bed and knows the comfort humans derive from their companion animals. After working with elephants, right whales, red wolves, and lemurs, she now focuses her attention on the human-animal relationship as a professor at NC State University.

Horse Sense

There's a growing movement in the equine industry called Natural Horsemanship, where the handler learns their horse and its personality and then assigns the animal to tasks that fit its personality. Researchers at NCSU are studying this as part of their work in human/animal interactions.

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