Historic Lawyer’s Hill (left) and downtown Baltimore City. Images from Google Maps.

Urbanization: Good for Pests, Bad for Trees


Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Steve Frank, an assistant professor of entomology at NC State.The post first appeared on Frank’s blog, Insect Ecology and Integrated Pest Management. My wife is from a neighborhood outside Baltimore called Lawyers Hill. This is where, in the 18th century, lawyers (and I assume doctors and other

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Cretaceous Cold Case #5: When Evidence Dries Up


This is the fifth post in a series called “Cretaceous Cold Cases” in which the science of taphonomy, or prehistoric forensics, is explained by fascinating cases from the files of Terry “Bucky” Gates, a research scientist with NC State and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. South Africa, 250 million years ago. The United

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Carnivore Mystery: Why Fishers Thrive in East, Not West


For weasel-like fishers it’s a good time to live in the East. The fierce little carnivores are reclaiming historic habitats, including the Bronx, New York, where police have photographed one fisher. But it’s a different story for fishers in the West, which haven’t been as successful in repopulating areas they once roamed in the Pacific

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Biology professor Rob Dunn, giving a public talk. Photo credit: Nicolas Canete

Public Engagement and Science Communication at NC State


Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Nicolas Canete, an international student from Paraguay who recently earned his master’s degree in communication at NC State. Most NC State researchers are involved in some form of public engagement when it comes to science communication, but that public engagement takes a variety of forms. I know

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Photo credit: Bartlomiej Berczynski (barthetzk), via

What’s the Best Way to Wash Microbes Off Your Produce?


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 Short version: You can use water to wash off your fruits and veggies – but it may

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