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Algal Blooms Return to the Chowan River

Algal Blooms Return to the Chowan River

July 10, 2017

For the third year in a row, dense populations of blue-green algae have turned parts of the Chowan River into the color of pea soup.

These algal blooms stink. They also take up large amounts of oxygen when they decay, suffocating aquatic life and leading to fish kills.

Brain Scans Show Proper Wording Can Sidestep Thought Process

Brain Scans Show Proper Wording Can Sidestep Thought Process
June 30, 2017

You have probably heard the expression about looking at a glass as half-full or half-empty: to see the best or the worst in any situation.

What you probably did not know is that every time you do that, you are tapping into a gigantic body of research that spans psychology, economics and mass communication.

NASA Scientists Discover Places that Could Harbor Life in Our Solar System

NASA Scientists Discover Places that Could Harbor Life in Our Solar System
June 30, 2017

The search for extra-terrestrial life may keep astronomers far closer to home than previously thought, as two NASA missions have uncovered some of the most compelling evidence for life within our solar system to date.

The Psychology of a Late-Game Lead Invites a Comeback

The Psychology of Late-Game Lead Invites a Comeback
June 27, 2017

Everybody loves a comeback. One competitor performing their best to overcome a deficit before time runs out is the type of moment that can make any competition exciting.

To anybody who watches a lot of sports, it seems like those comeback kids get a lot of help from their opponents. The person or team in the lead often eases up or hits a stretch where nothing goes right.

Fudging Predictions on the Impacts of Government Spending is Surprisingly Easy

Fudging Predictions on the Impacts of Government Spending is Surprisingly Easy
June 27, 2017

Politics, at its heart, is a number puzzle.

Even beyond the counting of votes, delegates and electors, lawmakers need to know how every new law, budget, executive order and legal ruling will affect citizens and the economy.

Binge Drinking Tells the Brain to Binge Eat

Binge Drinking Tells the Brain to Binge Eat
May 17, 2017

When I first started college, one aspect of campus nightlife completely mystified me. Every Saturday night, a run-down, silver food truck called Uncle Dickie’s set up shop on the edge of the campus frat quad, party central, and at around 12:30 a.m., shambling students would drift towards the truck in search of greasy fries drenched in fake cheese.

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