In the modern media’s coverage of wars, the word “casualty” usually refers to a person who has been killed. Not so during the Civil War. Take the Battle of Gettysburg, in which historians estimate there were about 28,000 Confederate casualties. In the reporting of the time, that meant soldiers killed, wounded and captured. Essentially, a “casualty” back then meant a soldier who was not able to return to the field of battle.
UNC-TV Science Week In Review: November 7, 2013
From Virtual to Actual
David Johnston is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Marine Conservation & Ecology at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. As a kid, growing up miles from the ocean, he fell in love with the dazzling underwater photography brought into his living room by television. Today, he uses radio telemetry to get a more detailed image of the behavior of the ocean’s magnificent mammals.
I’ll be honest; I have a fear of horses.
It’s not that I’m petrified with fear of horses, so I don’t think it’s a full-blown case of Hippophobia. That’s the medical term for a fear of horses. But they do make me nervous.
UNC-TV Science Week In Review: October 31, 2013
In middle school, David Moore read about mysterious giant stone heads on Easter Island and knew he wanted to have adventures with artifacts. Today, Moore practices archaeology with his students at Warren Wilson College as the lead researcher on the Berry Site where the Spanish explorers lost their claim on the Carolinas in a battle with the Cherokee.
Archaeology: The study of human behavior in the past, primarily through the careful recovery, dating, and analysis of the material culture and environmental clues.
It turns out the grey seals that were tagged to give scientists some insight into the life of a Cape Cod seal are providing a wealth of information into another area of oceanography. Call it an unintended, but very welcome, consequence. It’s one of the interesting discoveries I’ve found after a few months of reporting stories for North Carolina Science Now.