NC Science Now Reporter's blog

Bitter Exposure

It’s usually a pretty nasty discovery when you pour a cup of coffee from the office coffee pot after it has been sitting a bit too long. 

You know the feeling. You put the cup of hot coffee to your lips, ready to let the warm liquid do its magic to wake you up and get your moving. But instead, the coffee is so bitter you almost gag. On the plus side, you are awake! Just not the way you were planning to get there.

So what happened?

Blame it on too much exposure. 

Green Doesn’t Always Mean More Water

The return of Pinehurst #2 to its original design, as discussed in Greening the Golf Course, was not only a way to embrace the history of the course. It was also a bold step into the future. That’s because the water-conserving redesign addresses one of the greatest challenges facing the sport: water.

Water is a precious and scarce resource. In the future, golf courses simply can’t use as much water as they do now.

Medicated Nation

There’s a good chance you have memorized the warning listed on the prescription medication label. That’s because you’ve either heard it on television or radio during commercials for prescription medicines, or you have read it on the label on the medicine bottle. The warning reads something like this:

“Take only as directed. Finish all of the medicine in the prescription. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or experience any side effects.”

First In Flight

North Carolina may be taking our “First in Flight” motto, which appears on license plates to commemorate the Wright brothers’ invention of manned flight in Kitty Hawk, to the next level.

That would be the unmanned level of flight, as in drone aircraft.

Super Fruit

Meet the super fruit!

You may find this hard to believe, but strawberries were first grown and harvested in ancient Rome. Today, there are about 600 varieties of strawberries, customized for growing in various parts of the world. Strawberries are some of the most popular fruits, not just because they are delicious, but also because they are among the top fruits in terms of simply being good for you.