North Carolina’s New Island: A Boon for the Birds?
July 13, 2017
Algal Blooms Return to the Chowan River
July 10, 2017
For the third year in a row, dense populations of blue-green algae have turned parts of the Chowan River into the color of pea soup.
These algal blooms stink. They also take up large amounts of oxygen when they decay, suffocating aquatic life and leading to fish kills.
It's a joke at times: People tend to become forgetful as they get older.
But there is nothing funny about Alzheimer’s disease, an age-related brain condition that gradually destroys a person’s memory and thinking skills. It eventually prevents a person from being able to do simple tasks. Alzheimer’s disease progresses slowly, and the patient’s mental decline usually occurs in three classified stages: an early, preclinical stage with no symptoms, a middle stage with mild cognitive impairment and a final stage of Alzhimer’s dementia.
Brain Scans Show Proper Wording Can Sidestep Thought Process
June 30, 2017
You have probably heard the expression about looking at a glass as half-full or half-empty: to see the best or the worst in any situation.
What you probably did not know is that every time you do that, you are tapping into a gigantic body of research that spans psychology, economics and mass communication.
NASA Scientists Discover Places that Could Harbor Life in Our Solar System
June 30, 2017
The search for extra-terrestrial life may keep astronomers far closer to home than previously thought, as two NASA missions have uncovered some of the most compelling evidence for life within our solar system to date.
The Psychology of Late-Game Lead Invites a Comeback
June 27, 2017
Everybody loves a comeback. One competitor performing their best to overcome a deficit before time runs out is the type of moment that can make any competition exciting.
To anybody who watches a lot of sports, it seems like those comeback kids get a lot of help from their opponents. The person or team in the lead often eases up or hits a stretch where nothing goes right.
Fudging Predictions on the Impacts of Government Spending is Surprisingly Easy
June 27, 2017
Politics, at its heart, is a number puzzle.
Even beyond the counting of votes, delegates and electors, lawmakers need to know how every new law, budget, executive order and legal ruling will affect citizens and the economy.
You know you’ve seen it. A hurricane is approaching and the National Hurricane Center issues a forecast cone in their report to indicate the possible path and impact area of the tropical cyclone.
Maybe you have wondered about this “cone of uncertainty.”
It turns out a lot of people have wondered about what exactly the cone means. The problem is that the public’s understanding of the its meaning is usually wrong. So forecasters are trying to improve the tool.
But first, just what is the cone?