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The Big Picture: Helping Companies Make Products We Actually Want

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 | Tags: , ,

Researchers have developed a model that will, hopefully, help companies develop innovative products that people actually want to use. The model is a first step towards capturing the behavior of both companies and consumers, so that we end up with more iPods and fewer Edsels. This concept may sound obvious, but companies have difficulty grasping

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Why Doesn’t Plastic Dry As Easily As Glass In The Dishwasher?

Monday, January 28th, 2013 | Tags: ,

An Abstract reader recently sent me this question: “Why doesn’t plastic dry in the dishwasher? Or why doesn’t it dry as quickly/easily as glass? This drives me totally nuts.” Good question! That phenomenon drives me nuts too. The answer appears to have a lot to do with the amount of energy (in the form of

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Drawing on Real Life

Monday, January 7th, 2013 | Tags: , , , , ,

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Jennifer Landin, a teaching assistant professor of biology at NC State who teaches a course on biological illustration. Check out why she thinks biological illustration is valuable – and some of the art created in her classroom. While other universities have biological illustration courses, as far as

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Trivial Pursuits: The Abstract’s 2012 Quiz

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

The Abstract staff will be taking off for a couple of weeks to prepare for 2012. In an attempt to amuse and entertain ourselves you, we’ve pulled together a quick quiz on some of the research we’ve written about over the past year. See how you do! QUESTIONS 1). Peanut butter can be healthier if

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NC State engineers’ neutrino communications named a top 10 physics breakthrough for 2012

Monday, December 17th, 2012 | Tags: ,

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post that first ran on the website of NC State’s College of Engineering. Research that produced the world’s first message sent using tiny neutrino particles — a project led in part by NC State engineers — has been named one of Physics World magazine’s top 10 breakthroughs for 2012.

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