Tue, 03/20/2018 - 7:16am


Seeking Sea Power

The winds along North Carolina’s Outer Banks are some of the strongest and most sustainable on the East Coast. Scientists are working on ways to harvest that energy by constructing wind turbines far enough offshore so that beachgoers won’t see them, but near enough for the generated power to be brought to shore economically.

Shark Tagging

More than a dozen different types of sharks live off the North Carolina coast. Researchers with the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences have caught and studied them since 1972, creating one of the largest databases of coastal sharks in the nation.

Saving Our Pollinators

Pollinators are the motor the plant world depends on. These insects, birds and bats allow plants to reproduce and make the fruits and other foods we enjoy. They are everywhere, but they are also in decline. While crop scientists research exactly what is hurting these animals, the NC Botanical Garden is holding an exhibit called "Saving Our Pollinators" to educate the public.

Mind the Sharks

The University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences has been surveying sharks off the coast of North Carolina every summer since 1972. Currently, the survey finds that the numbers of great sharks — such as Great White, Tiger, and Hammerhead sharks — have been steadily declining, but the number of shark bite incidents is increasing.