Regenerative medicine has been called the next evolution in medical treatment. But I like to think of the procedure as something I witnessed as a child.
A few years ago, my wife and I decided to think totally “out-of-the-box” in terms of physical fitness. We decided to run a half marathon. We joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program. It provided a schedule for training, a training program that helped you with all aspects of running as well as trainers to help you prepare for the race. It also gave both of us a way to raise money and help a good cause.
You’ve probably seen Zebrafish in a lot of pet stores as well as home aquariums. They are very easy to maintain, do well in many environments, mature quickly, lay a lot of eggs, and are not expensive. Ironically, some of the very traits that make Zebrafish good for aquariums also make them attractive to scientists.
Besides preserving North Carolina's native and medicinal plants, another project the North Carolina Arboretum and its Bent Creek Germplasm Repository are working on is the growth of the state’s natural products industry.
Together, they have formed the US Botanical Safety Laboratory.
I grew up in the suburbs. There were scattered streetlights around the neighborhood. When I was in elementary school, a shopping center was built nearby. Needless to say, it was dark at night, but not all that dark. I could see a few stars when I took my dog, Angus, for a walk at night, but those stars needed to be really bright.
It might be more timely to air a story about a new test to check for contaminated beach water in the spring. After all, that’s when North Carolinians are starting to think about warmer weather and visiting the state’s incredible coastline.
But we wanted to air it now because, tragically, deadly ocean water has been in the news, most recently in Florida.
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.
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.
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.
I was interviewing Dr. David Moore, the Warren Wilson College archaeology professor who is leading the dig at the site of Fort San Juan, when one of his students uncovered a piece of Spanish pottery.