Tue, 01/16/2018 - 4:28am

NC Science Now Reporter's blog

Raleigh's new cathedral gives old stained glass new life

Raleigh’s new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral will not only feature a sound system designed for the best quality, it will also feature amazing stained glass windows. 

Fifty of those windows are newly created for the church. But 42 of the stained glass windows are finding a new life in the Diocese of Raleigh’s new cathedral. 

In December 2012, the Diocese of Raleigh acquired stained glass windows from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The windows are being removed from Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in the Archdiocese that was closed several years ago. 

Drones give better view of the 'Ghost Fleet'

Marine Corps Base Quantico is one of the most famous military bases in the world. The base covers 58,000 acres in Prince William County, Virginia. The U.S. Marine Corps’ Combat Development Command, which designs and develops strategies for U.S. Marine units, is based at Quantico. The FBI Academy, the main research and training facility for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is also located at the base. So is the main training facility for the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

Asheville is an Epicenter for Climate Science

Have you ever had to sort through the drawers of a dresser, finding it a bit stressful? Is cleaning out a closet a little overwhelming? Does the thought of sorting through all of the items in your garage, or your attic give you a headache? 

Then imagine sorting through, making sense of and organizing 25 petabytes (that's the equivalent of 25 million gigabytes) of data in various forms: charts, graphs, maps and even journal entries. 

Spiders' webs help them do more than just catch prey

If you’re a fan of E.B. White’s popular children’s novel “Charlotte’s Web,” or maybe the famed giant spiders of the wizarding world of Harry Potter, it's understandable why you may have the perception that all spiders spin large ornamental webs. But in reality, not all spiders even spin webs. What’s more, those that do, turn their silk in a variety of ways.

The Greenhouse Effect vs. What Actually Happens in a Greenhouse

Walk into a greenhouse, as I did at Bayer's Crop Science Division in Research Triangle Park, and you will likely feel as if you are walking into an oven. It’s hot. It’s humid. And, especially if the temperature outside is cool, you are probably amazed by just how a glass or plastic covered building converts light into warmth.

It’s the “greenhouse effect” at work, right? It’s that same phenomena that is blamed for causing man-made global warming.

Well, not exactly.

All the Rain that Ever was, Still is

We’ve all heard the words of wisdom using rain as a metaphor: “Into every life some rain must fall,” according to Longfellow; or, “The rain falls on the just and the unjust,” as written in the Bible, Matthew 5:45.

But whatever figurative meaning rain holds, consider this fact: all the rain that ever was, still is. The rains that fell at the Earth’s beginning are still falling from the clouds—soaking into the soil, running into rivers and oceans and evaporating back into clouds. All the rain that ever was, still is—it’s called the hydrologic cycle.

Bioprocessing's Key Role Today and Thousands of Years Ago

Bioprocess engineering is known by many names: biochemical engineering, biotechnology engineering and even biotechnical engineering. 

Whatever the name, it's referring to the process of using biologic materials to develop new process, products and by-products. 

Ironically, with all of the cutting edge technology deployed in the field today, bioprocess engineering has been around for thousands of years.