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What is So Cool About Zebrafish?

You’ve probably seen Zebrafish in a lot of pet stores as well as home aquariums. They are very easy to maintain, do well in many environments, mature quickly, lay a lot of eggs, and are not expensive. Ironically, some of the very traits that make Zebrafish good for aquariums also make them attractive to scientists.

The Library of Plants

Plants have developed new molecules to protect against diseases, sunburn, and other stresses, and humans can use those molecules in new medicines. However, those plants are in danger of being lost to development and changing climates. The NC Arboretum is racing to document and preserve those plants in a special repository before they are lost forever.

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.

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