Everyday Science

Hatching a Chick: No Egg Needed

Mar 23, 2017 https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/64/Chicken-embryo-1week_old-stereomicroscope.jpg

By Michelle Engle Scientists have been attempting to find a way to directly observe the developmental process of chicks for decades. The elegant process of developing from a single fertilized cell into a cluster of heart cells, and eventually into a tiny peeping chick is fascinating, but the eggshell has kept this process hidden from […]

Sugar, spice, and everything nice: science in the kitchen

Mar 21, 2017 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capsicum#/media/File:Arrangement_of_jalape%C3%B1o,_banana,_cayenne,_chili,_and_habanero_peppers.jpg

By Mike Pablo Whether or not you know what to do with a stove, you need to eat. And, while food doesn’t have to taste good to be eaten, it certainly is nice if it does. As someone who enjoys eating, cooking, and science, today, I’m merging them all together! I hope I can convince […]

From the Heart

Feb 16, 2017 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Diagram_of_the_human_heart_(cropped).svg

By Kelsey Gray Hearts have long been associated with the month of February. Hallmark Cards began producing Valentine’s Day cards featuring the heart in the early 1900s. The first American Heart Month was declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson and took place in February 1964. In 2003, the first National Wear Red Day was held […]

The Bacterial Life inside your Breakfast

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By Christina Marvin Yogurt is a yummy treat, but did you know that one of the main ingredients is live bacteria? Is it dangerous to eat bacteria? Don’t worry, yogurt contains only good kinds of bacteria, not the ones that make you sick. In fact, many bacterial species used in yogurt actually help your digestive […]

Coffee Science

Dec 09, 2016 From Wikipedia Commons/Julius Schorzman

By Sarah Marks It’s the end of the semester, which means a slew of project deadlines and exams. To get through it all, many of us reach for one beverage, coffee. Coffee is complex. Beyond the most well-known component, caffeine, which gets most of us through our early morning grogginess, coffee beans contain acids that […]

Maple Trees vs. Winter: How Trees Survive and Thrive Again

Nov 12, 2016 maples1

By Christina Marvin What do you imagine when you hear people describe spending time on rural mountainsides? Country landscapes often bring to mind scenes of seemingly endless trees stretched out over mountaintops and across plains. North Carolina in particular is home to a variety of different trees, one of which is the beautiful and resilient […]

The tiny creatures that evolve with our beer industry

Oct 14, 2016 Microscopic view of ale yeast used in beer production. - From brewdaddy

By Yitong Li What comes to your mind when you think of evolution? Giant dinosaurs with sharp fangs and powerful claws? Or giraffes stretching their necks to reach the leaves at the top of a tree? Or Charles Darwin the British gentleman with a long, dense beard? For a group of scientists in Belgium, evolution […]

Buzz Like a Bee

Sep 09, 2016 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology

By Kelsey Gray Edited by Mike Pablo and Anna Chiarella Communication is essential for surviving and thriving in our daily lives. We communicate with others all the time. Maybe you enjoy talking about books, shopping, writing, video games, traveling? Perhaps you prefer topics such as exercise, studying, sports, relationships, or other hobbies? Regardless of your […]

Siamese Cat Science!

Aug 18, 2016

By Sarah Marks Edited by Kelsey Gray and Sam Stadmiller The internet is full of cats. They’re cute, they’re aloof, and apparently really bad at spelling. Some of the most recognizable cats on the internet, after Grumpy Cat, are Siamese cats. Their distinct coloring (dark ears, face, feet, and tail on a pale body), called point coloration, […]