Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:32am

NC Science Now Reporter's blog

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.

Earth Day

I’m going to really date myself here.

I remember the first Earth Day. It was April 22, 1970. Let’s just say I was in Ladyfield Elementary School and our teacher, Sister Lucia, explained to us how Earth Day was a day that was being set aside to remind us to love the earth and help take care of it.

We all thought that loving the Earth seemed like the right thing to do, and it seemed pretty easy. Although I don’t think I, or any of my classmates, could really articulate what “taking care of the Earth” meant. Didn’t we do that already?