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Newswise: ‘Artificial Chemist’ Combines AI, Robotics to Conduct Autonomous R&D
Released: 4-Jun-2020 11:15 AM EDT
‘Artificial Chemist’ Combines AI, Robotics to Conduct Autonomous R&D
North Carolina State University

Researchers have developed a technology called “Artificial Chemist,” which incorporates artificial intelligence and an automated system for performing chemical reactions to accelerate R&D and manufacturing of commercially desirable materials.

Released: 1-Jun-2020 1:35 PM EDT
Monitoring Environmental Exposures in Dogs Could be Early Warning System for Human Health
North Carolina State University

Man’s best friend may also be man’s best bet for figuring out how environmental chemicals could impact our health.

Released: 1-Jun-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Metabolite Analysis of ALS Patient Blood Plasma Could Reveal, Rule Out, Possible Biomarkers for Disease
North Carolina State University

High-throughput analysis of blood plasma could aid in identification of diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Released: 20-May-2020 12:45 PM EDT
How Social Media Platforms Can Contribute to Dehumanizing Other People
North Carolina State University

A recent analysis of discourse on Facebook highlights how social media can be used to dehumanize entire groups of people.

Released: 27-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Early High School Start Times Adversely Affect Attendance
North Carolina State University

A new study finds that earlier high school start times can have significant adverse consequences for students, including increased rates of tardiness and absenteeism.

Released: 21-Apr-2020 2:55 PM EDT
New Macrolactone Database Could Aid Drug Discovery, Research
North Carolina State University

A new, free-to-use database of 14,000 known macrolactones fills a knowledge gap concerning these molecules and could serve as a useful tool for future drug discovery.

Released: 15-Apr-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Researchers Create New Tools for Disaster Response Volunteers
North Carolina State University

In the wake of a disaster, many people want to help. Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Alabama have developed tools to help emergency response and relief managers coordinate volunteer efforts in order to do the most good.

Released: 9-Apr-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Off-the-Shelf Artificial Cardiac Patch Repairs Heart Attack Damage in Rats, Pigs
North Carolina State University

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed an “off-the-shelf” artificial cardiac patch that can deliver cardiac cell-derived healing factors directly to the site of heart attack injury.

Released: 8-Apr-2020 11:20 PM EDT
‘Fake News’ Increases Consumer Demands for Corporate Action
North Carolina State University

New research finds that “fake news” inspires consumers to demand corrective action from companies – even if the company is a victim of the fake news story. The study also supports the idea that most people feel they are better at detecting fake news than other people are.

Released: 7-Apr-2020 12:20 PM EDT
Common Protein in Skin Can ‘Turn On’ Allergic Itch
North Carolina State University

A commonly expressed protein in skin – periostin – can directly activate itch-associated neurons in the skin. Blocking periostin receptors on these neurons reduced the itch response in a mouse model of atopic dermatitis, or eczema.

Released: 27-Mar-2020 9:00 AM EDT
A Faster Way To Replace Inaccurate Information On Social Networks
North Carolina State University

Researchers have demonstrated a new model of how competing pieces of information spread in online social networks and the Internet of Things. The findings may be used to disseminate accurate information more quickly, displacing false information on anything from computer security to public health.

Released: 25-Mar-2020 9:30 AM EDT
To Stay Positive, Live in the Moment – But Plan Ahead
North Carolina State University

A recent study finds that people who balance living in the moment with planning for the future are best able to weather daily stress without succumbing to negative moods.

Released: 28-Feb-2020 9:35 AM EST
Inhalation Therapy Shows Promise Against Pulmonary Fibrosis in Mice, Rats
North Carolina State University

A new study shows that lung stem cell secretions – specifically exosomes and secretomes – delivered via nebulizer, can help repair lung injuries due to multiple types of pulmonary fibrosis in mice and rats.

Released: 27-Feb-2020 1:15 PM EST
Study: Corporate Tax Incentives Do More Harm Than Good to States
North Carolina State University

A study of tax incentives aimed at attracting and retaining businesses finds that the vast majority of these incentives ultimately leave states worse off than if they had done nothing.

Released: 20-Feb-2020 9:55 AM EST
Study Highlights New Strategies For Helping Children Process Negative Emotions
North Carolina State University

A recent study of indigenous people in southern Chile challenges Western assumptions about children’s emotional capabilities and highlights the value of spending time outdoors to help children regulate their emotions.

Released: 12-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
How the Public Responds to Corporate Crises (and What Companies Can Do About It)
North Carolina State University

Researchers have developed a tool to help organizations better assess how stakeholders respond to crises, in order to help them respond to future challenges.

Released: 10-Feb-2020 8:55 AM EST
Financial Pressure Makes CFOs Less Likely to Blow the Whistle on Potential Fraud
North Carolina State University

A recent study finds that corporate financial managers do a great job of detecting signs of potential fraud, but are less likely to voice these concerns externally when their company is under pressure to meet a financial target.

Released: 6-Feb-2020 9:40 AM EST
We Know AI is Biased; This Design Approach May Help Fix It
North Carolina State University

Bias in artificial intelligence is well established. Researchers are now proposing that developers incorporate the concept of “feminist design thinking” into their process as a way of improving equity – particularly in the development of software used in hiring.

Released: 5-Feb-2020 2:55 PM EST
Platelet Microparticles Give Antibody Drug ‘Piggyback Ride’ to Repair Damaged Heart
North Carolina State University

Platelet microparticles are an effective way to deliver therapeutic drugs directly to the heart following a heart attack.

Released: 3-Jan-2020 8:05 AM EST
Research Offers New Way to Assess an Organization’s Public Relations
North Carolina State University

Communication and marketing experts place great weight on an organization’s relationship with its public stakeholders, and a new tool allows organizations to better measure and describe the nature of these relationships.

Released: 22-Nov-2019 10:20 AM EST
Virtual Reality Would Make Attending Therapy Easier For Stroke Survivors
North Carolina State University

Researchers have created a virtual reality clinic to make it easier for stroke survivors to attend physical and occupational therapy sessions. Results from a proof-of-concept study suggest the technology – and the social connection it facilitates – are effective at encouraging therapy participation.

Released: 29-Oct-2019 9:35 AM EDT
Study Finds Companies Would Be Wise to Share Cybersecurity Efforts
North Carolina State University

Research finds that when one company experiences a cybersecurity breach, other companies in the same field become less attractive to investors. However, companies that are open about their cybersecurity risk management fare better than peers that aren’t.

Released: 22-Oct-2019 10:20 AM EDT
Browser Tool Aims To Help Researchers ID Malicious Websites, Code
North Carolina State University

Researchers have developed an open-source tool that allows users to track and record the behavior of JavaScript programs without alerting the websites that run those programs. The tool is designed to detect malicious programs that are capable of evading existing malware detection systems.

Newswise: Gimme Six! Researchers Discover Aye-Aye’s Extra Finger
Released: 21-Oct-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Gimme Six! Researchers Discover Aye-Aye’s Extra Finger
North Carolina State University

Aye-ayes possess small “pseudothumbs” – complete with their own fingerprints – that may help them grip objects and branches as they move through trees. This is the first accessory digit ever found in a primate.

Released: 16-Oct-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Big Brands Can Handle ‘Fake News’ on Social Media
North Carolina State University

“Fake news” stories targeting corporations may be obnoxious, but a new study finds that they likely pose little threat to well-established brands.

Released: 7-Oct-2019 8:05 AM EDT
Another Casualty of Climate Change? Recreational Fishing
North Carolina State University

A new study finds that shoreline recreational fishing will likely suffer significantly due to climate change. The study finds some regions of the U.S. may benefit from increasing temperatures, but those benefits will be more than offset by declines in fishing elsewhere.

Newswise: Paramagnetic Spins Take Electrons for a Ride, Produce Electricity from Heat
Released: 13-Sep-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Paramagnetic Spins Take Electrons for a Ride, Produce Electricity from Heat
North Carolina State University

Local thermal perturbations of spins in a solid can convert heat to energy even in a paramagnetic material – where spins weren’t thought to correlate long enough to do so. This effect, “paramagnon drag thermopower,” converts a temperature difference into an electrical voltage.

Released: 9-Sep-2019 8:05 AM EDT
How the Justice System Can Affect Physical, Mental Health
North Carolina State University

A new study finds that being convicted of a crime is associated with a decline in one’s physical health, even if the conviction doesn’t lead to jail time. The study also confirms previous work finding that being arrested is associated with adverse mental health outcomes.

Released: 26-Jun-2019 8:05 AM EDT
Study: Internet Perpetuates Job Market Inequality
North Carolina State University

Research finds the internet is giving employers and job seekers access to more information, but has not made the hiring process more meritocratic. Instead, lower-wage jobs have become “black holes,” with intense competition for positions, while higher-wage jobs are open to only limited competition.

Newswise: Metal Foam Stops .50 Caliber Rounds As Well As Steel – At Less Than Half the Weight
Released: 5-Jun-2019 8:05 AM EDT
Metal Foam Stops .50 Caliber Rounds As Well As Steel – At Less Than Half the Weight
North Carolina State University

Researchers have demonstrated that vehicle armor using composite metal foam can stop ball and armor-piercing .50 caliber rounds as well as conventional steel armor, even though it weighs less than half as much.

Released: 3-Jun-2019 8:55 AM EDT
Research Sheds Light on the Importance of Police Trust in the Public
North Carolina State University

Research finds that police officers who place more trust in the public are also more likely to pursue cases on their own initiative – termed proactive policing – and have higher arrest rates. The finding may have implications for public safety, police training and future law enforcement research.

Released: 31-May-2019 8:05 AM EDT
Politicians Walk The Walk, When It Comes To Financial Investments
North Carolina State University

For the most part, politicians do put their money where their mouths are. A recent study of U.S senators and representatives finds that the more liberal a politician’s voting record is, the more likely the politician is to invest in socially responsible stocks.

Newswise: Can a Hands-on Model Help Forest Stakeholders Fight Tree Disease?
14-May-2019 5:00 PM EDT
Can a Hands-on Model Help Forest Stakeholders Fight Tree Disease?
North Carolina State University

Sudden oak death, a disease that's killed millions of trees, turned up in Oregon, posing a threat to the timber industry. Scientists are using a 3D model called Tangible Landscape to help stakeholders work together to find ways to stop the disease's spread.

Released: 17-May-2019 7:05 AM EDT
Human Capital Benefits of Military Boost Economy by Billions
North Carolina State University

A recent study finds that U.S. government spending on military personnel has a positive impact on the nation’s human capital – essentially improving the American workforce. The study estimates the economic impact of this human capital improvement to be $89.8 billion for 2019 alone.

Newswise: Expert can discuss impact of tariffs on supply chains.
Released: 15-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Expert can discuss impact of tariffs on supply chains.
North Carolina State University

Rob Handfield, Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management

Newswise: How Sea Level Rise Affects Birds in Coastal Forests
7-May-2019 1:30 PM EDT
How Sea Level Rise Affects Birds in Coastal Forests
North Carolina State University

Saltwater intrusion changes coastal vegetation that provides bird habitat. Researchers found that the transition from forests to marshes along the North Carolina coast due to climate change could benefit some bird species of concern for conservation.

Released: 2-May-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Design Flaws Create Security Vulnerabilities for 'Smart Home' Internet-of-Things Devices
North Carolina State University

NC State researchers find countermeasures for designers of security systems and other smart home devices.

Newswise: N.C. Study: Warmer Water Linked to Higher Proportion of Male Flounder
Released: 30-Apr-2019 3:00 PM EDT
N.C. Study: Warmer Water Linked to Higher Proportion of Male Flounder
North Carolina State University

In the wild and in the lab, researchers find a relationship between higher water temperatures and a lower percentage of female flounder, a cause for concern.

Released: 29-Apr-2019 7:05 AM EDT
Study Highlights How Little We Know About Women Terrorists
North Carolina State University

The first large-scale research project evaluating the characteristics of women involved in jihadism-inspired terrorism finds significant differences between men and women in both their backgrounds and their roles within terrorist groups.

Released: 4-Feb-2019 8:05 AM EST
Gap Between Corporate Earnings, Non-Financial Measures Affects Forecasting
North Carolina State University

Study: the more a company’s earnings diverge from its non-financial resources, the less likely it is to forecast its earnings. For companies that do forecast, the larger the disconnect between a company’s earnings and its non-financial measures, the more it overestimates its actual performance.

Released: 22-Jan-2019 8:05 AM EST
Racial Discrimination Increases Activism in Black Young Adults
North Carolina State University

A recent study finds that experiencing racial discrimination makes black teens and young adults more likely to engage in social and political activism on issues that are important to black communities.

Newswise: Ancient Carpet Shark Discovered with ‘Spaceship-Shaped’ Teeth
15-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST
Ancient Carpet Shark Discovered with ‘Spaceship-Shaped’ Teeth
North Carolina State University

The world of the dinosaurs just got a bit more bizarre with a newly discovered species of freshwater shark whose tiny teeth resemble the alien ships from the popular 1980s video game Galaga.

Released: 16-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST
Researchers Create ‘Shortcut’ to Terpene Biosynthesis in E. coli
North Carolina State University

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed an artificial enzymatic pathway for synthesizing isoprenoids, or terpenes, in E.coli. This shorter, more efficient, cost-effective and customizable pathway transforms E. coli into a factory that can produce terpenes for use in everything from cancer drugs to biofuels.

Newswise: Technique Allows Integration of Single-Crystal Hybrid Perovskites Into Electronics
Released: 19-Dec-2018 8:05 AM EST
Technique Allows Integration of Single-Crystal Hybrid Perovskites Into Electronics
North Carolina State University

An international team of researchers has developed a technique that, for the first time, allows single-crystal hybrid perovskite materials to be integrated into electronics. Because these perovskites can be synthesized at low temperatures, the advance opens the door to new research into flexible electronics and potentially reduced manufacturing costs for electronic devices.

Newswise: Soft Tissue Shows Jurassic Ichthyosaur Was Warm-Blooded, Had Blubber and Camouflage
3-Dec-2018 1:00 PM EST
Soft Tissue Shows Jurassic Ichthyosaur Was Warm-Blooded, Had Blubber and Camouflage
North Carolina State University

An ancient, dolphin-like marine reptile resembles its distant relative in more than appearance. Molecular and microstructural analysis of a Stenopterygius ichthyosaur reveals that these animals were most likely warm-blooded, had insulating blubber and used their coloration as camouflage from predators.

Released: 26-Nov-2018 10:05 AM EST
Drug Use, Religion Explain ‘Reverse Gender Gap’ on Marijuana
North Carolina State University

Women tend to be more conservative than men on political questions related to marijuana. A recent study finds that this gender gap appears to be driven by religion and the fact that men are more likely to have used marijuana.

Released: 14-Nov-2018 9:50 AM EST
Bias-Based Bullying Does More Harm, Is Harder to Protect Against
North Carolina State University

A new study finds that bias-based bullying does more harm to students than generalized bullying, particularly for students who are targeted because of multiple identities, such as race and gender.

Released: 12-Nov-2018 11:05 AM EST
Family, School Support Makes Kids More Likely To Stand Up To Bullying
North Carolina State University

A recent study finds that young people with good family relationships are more likely to intervene when they witness bullying or other aggressive behavior at school – and to step in if they see victims planning to retaliate.

Released: 6-Nov-2018 10:05 AM EST
Researchers Identify Promising Proteins for Diagnostic, Prognostic Use in ALS
North Carolina State University

Researchers from North Carolina State University have identified proteins that may be useful in both earlier diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and in more accurate disease prognosis.

Released: 24-Oct-2018 11:05 AM EDT
Study Highlights Racism, Sexual Assault as Contributors to College Mental Health Challenges
North Carolina State University

Analysis of academic and news articles related to mental health issues in higher education finds racism and sexual assault are key contributors to mental health challenges for students. The research highlights the need for mental health services, and ways mobile tech could address these needs.


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