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How Can I Wash All the Pesticides Off My Food?

Friday, May 16th, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Note: This post is part of an ongoing series in which we try to answer questions about the science behind food – from farm to fork. If you have a food-related question, please let me know at matt_shipman@ncsu.edu. What is the best way to wash all the pesticides off your food? The bad news: you

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This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Yasmin Cardoza

Monday, May 12th, 2014 | Tags:

Editor’s note: This post comes from Yasmin Cardoza, an associate professor of entomology at NC State. The post is part of an an ongoing series that we hope will highlight the diversity of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The series is inspired by the This Is What A Scientist Looks Like site. I

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What Makes Spider-Man’s Web So Strong?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Spider-Man’s webs are pretty impressive, capable of supporting Spidey’s weight as he swings through New York, trapping super-villains and even suspending cars above city streets. What are they made of? And how are they made? Spider webs are notoriously strong, with spider silk reported as having a tensile strength of up to 1.75 gigapascals (GPa),

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This Is What Science Looks Like At NC State: Lori Foster Thompson

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 | Tags:

Editor’s note: This post comes from Lori Foster Thompson, a professor of psychology at NC State. The post is part of an ongoing series that we hope will highlight the diversity of researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The series is inspired by the This Is What A Scientist Looks Like site. My name

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Dogs, Technology and the Future of Disaster Response

Monday, May 5th, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

Imagine a team of humans, dogs, robots and drones swooping onto the scene in the aftermath of a disaster and working together to find and rescue anyone trapped in collapsed buildings. That’s the goal of a team of researchers from around the United States working on what they call the Smart Emergency Response System (SERS).

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