Month: October 2015

The Balance of Earth’s Carbon Cycles

The Balance of Earth’s Carbon Cycles

Life requires balance. We spend a large part of our existence balancing our careers and our personal lives, our family and work obligations, and our own personal health. If something occurs that displaces one of the elements of our lives, we take action to bring…

The Excellent Journey of Bob Bagnell

As I enter the Microscopy Services Laboratory (MSL), a soft southern accent greets me: “Come in- want a cucumber? Help yourself!” Dr. Bob Bagnell, the faculty director of the MSL, is an institution at UNC. Over the course of thirty years, he has developed the…

Underfoot, but not to be underrated: how tiny soil creatures influence survival, growth, and communication of plants

Underfoot, but not to be underrated: how tiny soil creatures influence survival, growth, and communication of plants

Traditionally, plant ecologists seeking to better understand plant communities looked up (at light availability or precipitation patterns), across the landscape (at elevation or topography), and down (at leaf litter depth or soil moisture). More recently, however, they’re starting to look below.

The Quantum Mechanics Behind Biology

If you have any interest in science and have ever contemplated your existence within the confines of this universe, chances are that you’ve come across an interactive Flash-based animation called “The Scale of the Universe.” Developed by two 14-year-olds, Cary and Michael Huang, this animation…

The 2015 Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine: Kiss me for science!

This year’s Nobel Prizes in Medicine were awarded to William C. Campbell, Satoshi Ōmura, and Youyou Tu whose work to develop novel therapies for the treatment of globally devastating parasitic diseases such as River Blindness, Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis), and malaria. While this work was certainly…

Blue Energy Research Underway in North Carolina

A new project kicked off this July as researchers across four institutions joined forces with local start-up companies, consultants, and coastal utilities to explore how a process that occurs naturally every minute along North Carolina’s coast may be harnessed for sustainable energy. The process in…