Tag: life sciences

A Wealth of Wildlife, Right in the Backyard

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 | Tags: , , , ,

Zoologist Roland Kays travels the world to study rare species, so he calls it a “cool surprise” to find a wealth of wildlife in the suburban backyards of Raleigh and Durham, N.C. “As scientists, we’ve traditionally thought of residential areas as non-habitat,” says Kays, a faculty member at NC State University and the North Carolina

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Poisonous Water Leads to Bigger, But Fewer, Fish Babies

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Living in extreme environments often entails taking extreme measures to survive. Live-bearing fish mothers in toxic North and South American waters try to give their offspring the best chance at surviving the harsh environment by giving birth to big babies, according to research published in Ecology Letters. The study examining nine different live-bearing fish species

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Nature in Your Backyard: Very Hungry Caterpillars

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 | Tags: ,

[Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Holly Menninger, director of public science in NC State’s Your Wild Life program. The post originally ran on the Your Wild Life blog.] Over the weekend, our friend and veteran NC State science newsman Matt Shipman took a barefooted step out onto his back porch to enjoy

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Coastal Upwelling Linked to Upsurge in Algal Toxicity

Monday, July 22nd, 2013 | Tags: ,

Toxic algal blooms affect more than just the shellfish supply – they can sicken or kill marine life and people. That’s why marine scientists are interested in figuring out what triggers them. Astrid Schnetzer studies Pseudo-nitzschia, the alga that causes amnesic shellfish poisoning, and is particularly troublesome along portions of the California coast. When Pseudo-nitzschia

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New Technique for Assessing Calorie Absorption Sheds Light on Genetic Driver of Obesity

Thursday, July 18th, 2013 | Tags: , , , ,

Researchers from Harvard, NC State and five other universities have found a specific genetic on-off switch associated with obesity in both mice and humans, raising the long-term possibility of developing new treatments for obesity. As part of the study, NC State researchers had to develop a new technique for assessing calorie absorption in small laboratory

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