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Modified Medical Maggots

Modified Medical Maggots
May 13, 2016

And now for things that make you go “Blugh!”

Maggots inspire a gut-churning reaction. Seeing them out in nature causes us to wrinkle our noses, and bad slasher flicks use them as a visual cue for fear and disgust.

But for some people with wounds that just will not heal on their own, maggots genetically modified by NC State University entomologist Max Scott could hold the key to the healing they need.

Hundreds of Tiny Roommates

Study Surveys the Insects in Raleigh-Area Homes
May 11, 2016

Sorry, North Carolina, you are not alone in your homes.  

That, perhaps, should not come as a surprise. Hardly a week goes by where we don’t find a bug or spider hiding in a dark corner of our kitchen or bedroom, but many people probably don’t wonder how many others there might be—while many others don’t want to know.

How the Message Gets Lost

Duke Studies Show Why We Might Not Listen to Messages About Climate Change
 May 10, 2016 


Frequently on this site and on TV via North Carolina Science NOW and SciTech Now North Carolina, we do stories on climate, how it is changing and what those changes could mean for the planet we live on, the life we share it with and our own civilization.

Planet 9 from Outer Space!

Planet 9 from Outer Space!
May 9, 2016

From the man who killed Pluto comes another tale of darkness, mystery and heretofore-uncharted territory in the outer reaches of our solar system...

...It’s "Planet 9 From Outer Space!" Maybe...

California Institute of Technology planetary scientist Mike Brown, who led the charge to strip Pluto of its identity as a planet, now aims to name a new planet the ninth in our solar system.

Taking out the Nuclear Trash

UNC-Chapel Hill Solves 50-Year-Old Nuclear Waste Puzzle
April 22, 2016

The topic of nuclear power as an energy source is one that can stir up emotions. Some see it as a clean energy source for the future, which as more research and a few major discoveries have shown, provides potentially limitless greenhouse gas-free energy. Others see it as a danger, with the potential for large-scale disasters like the ones at Fukushima and Chernobyl, and the potential to create toxic, radioactive waste. 

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