by Daniel Conroy on April 29, 2019

Renewable energy has come a long way in the last 60 years. A major influencer was the OPEC crisis which led the U.S. government to a drastic change in energy policy. In general, carbon dioxide emissions are responsible for ocean … Continue reading

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by Bevin Blake on April 23, 2019

The sun is shining and you’re about to make the responsible choice to slather on some sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful (but also warm and wonderful) UV rays. Even the smell of sunscreen elicits summertime nostalgia … Continue reading

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by Kathleen Furtado on April 22, 2019

Spring is officially here, so it’s time for some science about some of the most adorable baby animals. In my past training as an animal scientist at UC Davis, spring was largely marked by births within all the herds at … Continue reading

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by Allison Lacko March 17, 2019

A key part of the fight against climate change is to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs). So, when a massive corporation reduces their emissions by an amount equivalent to taking 900,000 cars off the road, we should celebrate their efforts in … Continue reading

by Jessica Griswold March 10, 2019

March in North Carolina brings out one of the country’s greatest rivalries. No, I’m not talking about UNC vs Duke basketball. I’m talking about when the flowers start to bloom in the Tar Heel state, and pandemonium ensues. North Carolinians … Continue reading

by Kasey Skinner March 4, 2019

Imagine a future in which we can edit genes like a sentence in Microsoft Word. We could highlight, delete, and correct a section of a gene known to cause disease, virtually eliminating the devastating genetic illnesses that cost the world … Continue reading

by Gabrielle Budziszewski

In the digital age, our world revolves around data. Archives of data provide proof of our own existence, such as birth records and proof of the mundanity of everyday life, like that grocery list you wrote in your Notes app. … Continue reading

by Alexandria Mullins

It was about this time last year that I found myself falling flat on the admirable New Year’s resolutions I had set. My daily yoga routine had evolved into a 30 second toe-touch in the morning and my new eco-friendly … Continue reading

by Giehae Choi February 28, 2019

Do you remember when Wilmington, NC made national news in 2017 for having serious chemical contamination in their drinking water? An investigation by the EPA had identified that a chemical-manufacturing plant Chemours (a spin-off of DuPont, one of the largest … Continue reading

by Matt Niederhuber February 21, 2019

Bacteria are a big part of who we are as humans. They live all over us, forming distinct communities, or microbiomes, on our skin, in our hair, in our mouths, and in our guts. We host these microbes, and increasingly … Continue reading

by Breanna Turman February 18, 2019

“Mom, I think I have a fever,” was the sure fire way to stay home from school as a young child.  One such instance, my mom put her hand to my forehead and told me to go get ready for … Continue reading

by Connor LaMontagne

There is this notion that people who study science had a lifelong fascination with it, implying that those who lack this history should pursue another career. Let me tell you: as a kid, I didn’t dream of becoming a scientist. … Continue reading

by Kaylee Helfrich February 13, 2019

One of the goals of the Pipettepen blog is to train science communicators to share science with nonscientists. However, as both scientists and nonscientists know, this communication is not always as seamless as it could be. In the spirit of … Continue reading