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In the Footsteps of Indiana Jones: A New Archaeological Excavation at Petra

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 | Tags: , ,

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Dr. Tom Parker, a professor of history at NC State. Parker has served on archaeological expeditions in the Middle East for more than 30 years. Since 1994, Parker has been director of the Roman Aqaba Project, overseeing archaeological research on the Roman frontier in Jordan. A blog

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Bringing Bugs into the Classroom

Friday, October 5th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Dr. David Buchwalter, a researcher in NC State’s Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. Every so often, The Abstract likes to highlight outreach efforts by NC State researchers. This one sounded like fun. Last month, I teamed up with other biological researchers to conduct a workshop for

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Researchers Unveil New Technique to Detect Bots in Casual Online Games

Friday, September 28th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

Casual online games, such as FarmVille and Fantastic Contraption, have thousands of enthusiastic followers – but the use of automated “bots” to give some players an advantage is short-changing the companies behind the games. Now researchers from NC State have developed a new technique to help companies identify these bots, and take action against them.

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New Research Findings Consistent With Theory of Impact Event 12,900 Years Ago

Monday, September 24th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

New research findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) are consistent with a controversial theory that an extraterrestrial body – such as a comet – impacted the Earth approximately 12,900 years ago, possibly contributing to the significant climatic and ecological changes that date to that time period. The paper includes

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Experts: Food Safety Audits Need an Overhaul

Thursday, September 20th, 2012 | Tags: , ,

Much of the food industry relies on third-party audits of practices, processes and facilities to ensure the food that ultimately reaches consumers is safe. But a new paper from food safety researchers at NC State and Kansas State University argues that these audits need to be overhauled in order to protect public health. Food product

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