Looking back at the Science of Santa’s Workshop
Two years ago, a team of researchers from NC State participated in a visiting scholars program at Santa’s Workshop-North Pole Labs (NPL). They learned a lot, and shared their findings with us in a series of posts from that frostbitten font of seasonal science. Santa’s annual moment in the spotlight is coming up fast, so
Pet Rehab: Goat on a Treadmill
It’s not an uncommon story: A family pet comes down with a serious illness. The pet’s owners pursue treatment and rehabilitation, the pet improves and everyone gets a happy ending. Except in this case the pet is a goat, and the rehabilitation is being done – in part – on an underwater treadmill normally used
In Particulate Matter, the Particulars Matter
When statisticians start talking about PM, they aren’t referring to political leadership. PM stands for particulate matter, and it’s important because it has a direct effect on the health and well-being of anyone who breathes. Statistician Montserrat Fuentes has built a career on looking at the effects of PM 2.5 (the 2.5 means that the
How to Avoid Getting Eaten by a Bear and Other Outdoor Safety Tips
It’s no accident that Dr. Aram Attarian is an expert on camping and outdoor adventure safety. Attarian, a professor of parks, recreation and tourism management at NC State University, has spent 35 years collecting accident reports, first-person accounts and newspaper articles about when things went wrong in outdoor and adventure programs. This year, he combined
Are You Ready for Some Football Visualizations?
Like most fantasy football team general managers, I’m looking for every possible advantage, including checking out this year’s NFL games to figure out how the Baltimore Ravens defense performed against the Cincinnati Bengals or whether New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning can move the ball through the air against division rivals like the Dallas Cowboys.