The Abstract is the official research blog of the NC State Newsroom. Our goal is to make our readers say, “I didn’t know NC State did that,” “Gee whiz” or “Wow,” and then to smile (not necessarily in that order).

We’ll update the blog at least three times per week – maybe more during the academic year and a bit less in the summer. We’ll write short pieces about research efforts large and small, but always interesting. We’ll bring you cool photos. In fact, there may be occasions when the photo is the most stimulating part of the entry, and we use the copy around it to explain the photo.

As with much of our research writing, entries will be written for the intelligent but non-expert audience.

You can help us by giving us ideas on what you find interesting, and sending us leads on promising research you hear about, even if we’ve missed the paper or presentation’s release date. Or let us know if you hear a faculty member’s take on an important scientific or research issue that you think would be of interest to The Abstract readers.

As always, let us know what you think.