Biology

Sourdough bread is a microbial mystery

Baking is hard. Baking sourdough bread is even harder, because you have to rely on wild yeasts and bacteria to make your bread rise. But we don't know much about how these tiny organisms work. So researchers at NC State collected hundreds of sourdough starters from all over the world to try to understand the secret lives of microbes.

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.

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