Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:20am

NC Science Now Reporter's blog

GPS Marks the Spot

After talking with Dr. Robert Anemone about how he uses satellite imagery and GPS technology to help locate dinosaur fossils, my photographer and I got back in our car, pushed the “home” button on the GPS device in the vehicle, and hit the road back to the UNC-TV studios.

And that’s when the thought struck me.

Lemurs and Big Data

Duke’s Lemur Center used to be called the Duke University Primate Center. It’s been around so long the place has changed its name. The center was founded in 1966 and since then has been home to almost 4200 individuals.

As scientists are supposed to do, there have been meticulous records kept on all of those creatures. The release of all that data to the public is not only a gold mine for scientists, it also highlights a new area of science called data science.

The Saddest Website Filled With Hope

Sadly, and for as many reasons as there are people, individuals go missing. Quite often, that disappearance ends in tragedy, but the fate of the missing person is unknown to their friends and family, who are left not only filled with grief but also wondering just what became of their loved one.

Fortunately, technology and the U.S. Department of Justice have stepped in to help families get answers.

Allergy or Intolerance?

It’s almost impossible to hold a dinner conversation with a group of people without someone mentioning some type of reaction to a certain food. But in many cases, that reaction can be considered a food intolerance rather than a food allergy.

That might not seem like a big deal because the symptoms are pretty similar. However, it is important to understand because a food allergy can be much more serious.

Here’s the difference.

Prevention is Protection

More years ago than I want to admit, I remember my professors in college talking about “The Global Economy” and “The Global Society.”  

While there would still be individual countries, we learned that goods and services would be traded globally. The economy would be intertwined worldwide. People would travel extensively. The possibilities for wealth, understanding, and education would be amazing. 

The world would, in a matter of speaking, become a lot smaller.

Tackling Pain

I was a reporter/photographer at a TV station in West Virginia almost 25 years ago. That means I not only reported the stories, I also shot all of the video for the piece.

One Sunday morning, as I was lifting a camera case into the news car, I felt a sharp twinge in my back. It hurt, a lot. However, I needed to get to the story so I kept going. I covered that story and a couple others. I came back to the station, wrote the newscast, anchored the show, and went home. I took some ibuprofen along the way, but I made it through.