Blue Energy Research Underway in North Carolina

Posted: 10 14, 2015

Written by Margaret Jones Masters student in Geological Sciences 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 question …read more

ROI Series: The Future of Therapeutics

Posted: 09 15, 2015

Written by Deirdre Sackett Doctoral Candidate in Behavioral Neuroscience It sounds like medicine from a futuristic, sci-fi hospital: nanoparticles that deliver drug therapies and cells that can fight cancer or promote organ regeneration. However, by combining engineering and pharmaceutical research, UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University are helping to bring the future of therapeutics …read more

Is it destiny or can science treat disease by changing cell fate?

Posted: 09 02, 2015

Written by Christina Marvin Illustration by Christina Marvin Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) are extraordinary in that they have the potential to differentiate into any somatic cell type and thus are used as effective tools in a wide range of studies, from understanding basic scientific processes to discovering treatment for disease. Yet, there is a …read more

A Whole New Meaning to ‘Thinking Yourself Well’: the new brain immunity discovery

Posted: 08 18, 2015

By Kristin Sellers Comprised of the brain and spinal cord, the central nervous system (CNS) stands apart from other organ systems. While all other organs share a common, loosely filtered blood supply, the brain is highly selective in what it allows to cross the blood-brain barrier and enter into this space. Furthermore, cells in many …read more

We Are Scientists

Posted: 05 12, 2015

“And what do you do?”   “Oh, we’re scientists.”   This conversation drifted across the room to where I was quietly sitting on my yoga mat, waiting for class to start. Despite my normal routine of avoiding unnecessary eye contact, as one does when you don’t make it to class frequently enough to be one …read more

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