Natural Gas Prices, Not ‘War On Coal,’ Were Key to Coal Power Decline
New research from North Carolina State University and the University of Colorado Boulder finds that steep declines in the use of coal for power generation over the past decade were caused largely by less expensive natural gas and the availability of wind energy – not by environmental regulations.
NC State’s Rodolphe Barrangou Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Rodolphe Barrangou, Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Scholar in Probiotics Research and professor of food, bioprocessing and nutrition sciences at North Carolina State University, has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the world’s most important and influential scientific societies.
Goodwin Wins Holladay Medal
Barry Goodwin, an Internationally recognized agricultural economist, receives NC State University’s highest faculty honor, the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence, while two others from CALS are recognized at NC State's annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence.
Five Fun Facts: NC State’s JC Raulston Arboretum
Dubbed Raleigh’s “hidden gem,” NC State University’s JC Raulston Arboretum is a peaceful place to enjoy thousands of plants from all around the world. Arboretum Director Mark Weathington outlines five reasons to check it out.
Taking Aim at Destructive Weeds
Palmer amaranth is one of the biggest production challenges farmers in the Southeast face. At NC State, scientists and graduate students are making progress toward lessening the weed’s impact in a range of crops. Here, we highlight the work of soon-to-graduate students Nicholas Basinger and Cole Smith.
Faster Answers For Cattle Farmers
Science-based solutions are reaching North Carolina’s beef cattle producers quicker, thanks to recent changes at the state’s agricultural research stations.
These Floating Islands May Improve Water Quality
Two students in the NC State Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering have been using an on-campus research site to evaluate whether floating islands of plants can improve stormwater quality.
Grad Student: Bug Bombs Don’t Live up to Claims
Setting off a bug bomb may seem like an easy solution to a roach infestation, but research by an award-winning NC State alumnus shows that it may actually harm the homeowner more than the roaches.
Termite Queen, King Recognition Pheromone Identified
Researchers at North Carolina State University have for the first time identified a specific chemical used by the higher termite castes – the queens and the kings – to communicate their royal status with worker termites. The findings could advance knowledge of termite evolution, behavior and control.
NC State scientists are exploring the molecular-level processes that cause tomatoes to ripen, and what they find could have big implications for a range of traits -- from flavor to firmness -- in fruit-bearing crops.