Tag: biology

Cretaceous Cold Case #5: When Evidence Dries Up

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 | Tags: , ,

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

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

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

Friday, June 6th, 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. Short version: You can use water to wash off your fruits and veggies – but it may

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

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 | Tags: , , , ,

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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Small Number of Genes Have Big Impact on Fish Egg Quality

Thursday, May 15th, 2014 | Tags: , , , ,

NC State researchers have taken a big step toward solving a puzzle that has long vexed vertebrates – predicting egg quality, or the viability of embryos in eggs. Using gene expression data and computer modeling, the researchers examined farmed striped bass (Morone saxatilis) and showed that the coordinated interactions of less than 2 percent of

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