Leadership in Public Science

Sep 12, 2019

This Comic Creator Hopes His Terrible Ideas for Producing Energy Will Inspire You to Think of Better Ones

TimeYour backyard has lots of easily reachable space — could you trigger vacuum decay and solve the world’s energy problems forever? To answer this question, I contacted astrophysicist and end-of-the-universe expert Katie Mack, who teaches at NC State.

Aug 29, 2019

What Does the Universe Look Like?

We asked NC State Sciences professor Katie Mack and NC State Engineering professor Laura Bottomley to answer some popular out-of-this-world questions.

Mar 26, 2019  |  Leadership in Public Science

U.S. Indoor Climate Most Similar to Northeast African Outdoors

Americans are most comfortable indoors when their climate is like that of the northeast African outdoors – warm and relatively dry.

Mar 25, 2019  |  Leadership in Public Science

Cricket Bacteria Break Down Lignin, Highlighting Ecology’s Utility in Applied R&D

Researchers have discovered that a bacterium found in camel crickets is capable of breaking down lignin, opening new research pathways for biofuels and chemical manufacturing.

Mar 25, 2019  |  Leadership in Public Science

Triangle Bird Count Survey Seeks To Shed Light On Urban Wildlife

A new bird population survey focuses on getting a better understanding of the birds that live in Raleigh, Durham and other urban centers.

Jan 18, 2019  |  Leadership in Public Science

Disorientation: A Science Poem by Katie Mack

Astrophysicist Katie Mack encourages us to “see [our] world from four billion miles away” in this poem, presented in text and video formats.

Sep 4, 2018  |  Leadership in Public Science

Building a Sound Map of Raleigh – For Science

Sound can affect everything from human health to the well-being of wildlife, but there is very little data on the levels and types of sound in U.S. cities.

Jun 8, 2018  |  Leadership in Public Science

Study Finds Aromatic Herbs Lead to Better Parenting in Starlings

The presence of aromatic herbs in the nest leads to some improved parenting behaviors in European starlings.

May 22, 2018  |  Leadership in Public Science

4 Receive Faculty Research and Professional Development Grants

Faculty member KC Busch, of the Leadership in Public Science Cluster, was one of four faculty to receive a Faculty Research and Professional Development grant worth $7,500 to support her research.

Mar 22, 2018  |  Our Clusters

Could Insects Help Us Find New Yeasts for Big Business?

Yeasts are tiny fungi – but they play key roles in producing everything from beer and cheese to industrial chemicals and biofuels.