2018 ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: A SHIFT TO A HIGHER GEAR?
After experiencing modest economic growth in the recovery since the Great Recession, optimism took over in late 2017 as growth hit an annual rate of 3 percent or better for two consecutive quarters. Other measures also indicated renewed vitality, including […]
Electricity Generation in North Carolina: Explaining the Trends
Total electricity generation has remained flat in the U.S., but the way we as a nation generate electricity has changed dramatically. In this issue of The NC State Economist, Harrison Fell, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, discusses the market forces and policies that are driving the rapid changes in electricity generation and how that may affect North Carolina’s energy future.
Flowers Aren’t Enough: How Urban Heat Affects Bee Populations
Simply adding flowers to otherwise hot sites with lots of impervious surface cover is unlikely to restore pollinator communities, says CALS Entomologist Steve Frank. In NC State's science blog, the Abstract, Frank describes recent research in and around Raleigh that shows urban heat is a factor.
Student Spotlight: Hooked on Horticulture
David Denton’s quest to become a plant scientist started, humbly enough, with curiosity over backyard weeds. Now, the NC State senior in horticultural science is well on his way to a plant breeding career.
‘Demographic Compensation’ May Not Save Plants Facing Climate Change
An in-depth look at how plants respond to climate change shows mixed results for the phenomenon of “demographic compensation” as a way for plants to avoid severe population declines.
Faculty Focus: Cancer Researcher Aims to Alleviate Suffering
Melanie Simpson, head of the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, is internationally recognized for her research on mechanisms of prostate cancer progression and metastasis. But it’s her determination and passion for her work that continue to move her research forward.
CALS Professor Leads Statewide Youth Disaster Preparedness Initiative
The first NC delegation of trainers for MyPI, a program that prepares youth to become safety leaders in their homes and communities, completed training at NC State last week.
Wait a Minute: Is That a Tree?
Remember Lupin, the corpse flower that put up a big stink at NC State University’s plant conservatory about a year and a half ago? Well, he’s changed -- big time.
You Decide: Will a Direct Flight to China Boost the State Economy?
With talk of nonstop flights connecting North Carolina and China coming in the future, what impacts could such an arrangement hold for the state?
Bed Bug Histamines Are Substantial, Persistent in Infested Homes
Bed bugs may soon be considered more than a nuisance pest. New research shows that bed bugs produce a lot of histamines that trigger allergic reactions in humans, and that these histamines don't go away for long periods of time -- even if the bed bugs are eliminated.