Remote Lab Allows ‘Hands-On’ Testing of Antennas from Thousands of Miles Away


Imagine a lab that gives scientists the opportunity to do “hands-on” testing from thousands of miles away. Researchers at NC State have created a remotely-controlled testing facility that allows students, professors and private companies from around the world to test prototype antennas for wireless devices. The lab was created to provide a teaching and R&D

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How a Protein “Cancer Cop” Targets UV Damage in DNA


Ah, summer. People are outside enjoying the warm weather, swimming, playing, or just soaking up that glorious, skin-damaging, high-energy UV radiation from the sun. We know that prolonged sun exposure damages skin – the sun is a nuclear reactor, after all. But how does our body respond to and repair this damage at the DNA

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What Sociology Can Tell Us About The G.M. Scandal


Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Martha Crowley, an associate professor of sociology at NC State and co-author, with Ohio State’s Randy Hodson, of a recent paper on how an organization’s work practices affect employee behavior and, ultimately, the performance of the organization itself. This post first appeared May 20 on Work In

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Female cankerworm moth. Photo credit: Steve Frank. Click to enlarge.

Can ‘sticky bands’ protect your trees from cankerworms?


Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Steve Frank, an entomology researcher at NC State. If you live in the eastern United States, you may recently have noticed a ton of caterpillars hanging from trees on fine silk threads. Maybe you picked caterpillars off co-workers or family members when they came in from outdoors.

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The Difference Between Baking Soda and Baking Powder


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 What’s the difference between baking soda and baking powder? Short answer: acid. But it can make a

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