Tag: biology

Urbanization: Good for Pests, Bad for Trees

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

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

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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