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New Flu Review 2: How do you measure lethality?

Thursday, April 11th, 2013 | Tags: , ,

Editor’s Note: You may hear about fatality rates or percentages when media report on new and dangerous flu strains, and often times the reports are conflicting. In this post, Barrett Slenning, an epidemiologist at NC State, explains how these fatality rates are calculated, and why the numbers may fluctuate. A previous post on H7N9 flu

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The Heat Is On To Understand Thermal Transport between Materials

Monday, March 18th, 2013 | Tags: , , ,

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Mark Losego, a research assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at NC State. Losego recently co-authored a News and Views article about nanoscale heat flow in Nature Materials with David Cahill of the University of Illinois. The basics of heat flow have long been overlooked, but

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Seniors Who Play Video Games Report Better Sense of Emotional Well-Being

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 | Tags: ,

New research finds that older adults who play video games report higher levels of emotional well-being. It’s correlation, not causation, but it is interesting. Researchers at NC State’s Gains Through Gaming lab asked 140 people aged 63 and older how often they played video games, if at all. The study participants then took a battery

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NC State Research Helps Shape Yellowstone ‘Winter Use’ Plan

Friday, February 22nd, 2013 | Tags: ,

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Dr. Chris Frey, distinguished university professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering. Frey is also chair of the EPA Science Advisory Board’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. On February 22, the National Park Service released a plan to guide winter use of over snow vehicles (OSVs), including snowmobiles and

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Thor’s Hammer Is Not That Heavy (But It Is Scientifically Interesting)

Friday, February 15th, 2013 | Tags: , ,

In early February, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said on Twitter that the superhero Thor’s Hammer (aka Mjolnir) “weighs as much as a herd of 300 billion elephants.” News outlets pounced on this, and the news was quickly circulating online. Sadly, Tyson was wrong. Tyson’s reasoning was based on the idea that Mjolnir was “made of

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