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What Impact Can A Single Machine Have?

Monday, April 2nd, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

What impact can a single machine have? If it is an aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope (AC-STEM), the impact may be pretty big. A uniquely-configured AC-STEM is a new arrival at NC State, but is expected to boost research across North Carolina’s Research Triangle – and help keep the region relevant in research and development

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Ticks and Mosquitoes: What the Mild Winter Really Means

Friday, March 30th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , ,

There has been a lot of discussion about how a mild winter, an early spring and a bumper crop of acorns might affect the number of mosquitoes and ticks we’ll see this spring and summer. Will there be more blood suckers out there? Will we be at higher risk of Lyme disease? Like many things

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Know Your Enemy: Fire Ants

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 | Tags: , , , ,

No series on arthropod pests would be complete without fire ants. They are violent. They are deadly. And they’re seemingly out to conquer the world. I’m exaggerating on that last point, but not by much. There are over 20 fire ant species around the world, including at least four species that are native to the

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March Madness: Why Rooting For Losers May Save Your Life

Monday, March 26th, 2012 | Tags: ,

Editor’s note: Last year we told you about this study (then forthcoming). We’re posting a modestly revised version of that write-up for two reasons. First, it’s a timely read as we head into the Final Four weekend. Second, the paper is now available. We’ve linked to it below. Enjoy! If you’re a sports fan, you

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Know Your Enemy: Japanese Beetles

Friday, March 23rd, 2012 | Tags: , , , , ,

Last year I wrote a series of posts about critters we love to hate: mosquitoes, ticks, horseflies, black widows and carpenter bees. With the arrival of spring, I decided to pick up where I left off. First up: Japanese beetles or, as rose-growers call them, #@!*ing Japanese beetles. As the name suggests, Japanese beetles –

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