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Posted on Mar 1, 2017

Extraordinary Research

Extraordinary Research

Genetically engineered maggotsGenetically Engineered Maggots Aid in Diabetes Treatment

In a proof-of-concept study, NC State researchers have shown that genetically engineered green bottle fly larvae can produce and secrete a molecule that helps promote cell growth and wound healing, a discovery that could save people from amputations and other harmful effects of diabetes. Read more >>

Students collaborating Praising Top Performer Improves Teamwork

Conventional wisdom holds that boosting team performance in the workplace should focus on rewarding entire teams that perform well—and that rewarding individuals increases competition rather than helping team performance. But new research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology finds that rewarding individual workers can boost performance both for other workers and for the team. Read more >>

Metal foam stops bullets Metal Foam Stops Bullets

Composite metal foams are tough enough to turn an armor-piercing bullet into dust on impact. Since these foams are also lighter than metal plating, the material may be used to create new types of body and vehicle armor—and that’s just the beginning of its potential uses. Read more >>

Innovative Portable Shelters Help Protect Firefighters

While firefighters in California were battling wildfires fueled by extreme heat last summer, NC State researchers in textiles and forestry joined forces to look for ways to better protect them under the worst circumstances. Read more >>

Bioactive film on ossified tissue Bioactive Film Improves Bone Implants in Animal Study

Researchers have developed a technique for coating polymer implants with a bioactive film that significantly increases bonding between the implant and surrounding bone in an animal model. The advance could significantly improve the success rate of such implants, which are often used in spinal surgeries. The work was done by postdoctoral researcher John Durham and professor Afsaneh Rabiei at NC State and collegues at the University of Cambridge and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Read more >>

Chemical diagram of all-polymer OPV Food Additive Key to Green Solar Cells

Researchers from NC State and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have created an efficient, semi-printed plastic solar cell without the use of environmentally hazardous halogen solvents. These solar cells can be manufactured at room temperature, which has implications for large-scale commercial production. Read more >>

Theratop skull Strange Headgear Led to Big Dinosaurs

Tyrannosaurus rex and other large meat-eating theropods were the biggest baddies on the prehistoric block, and ornaments on their heads could help us figure out why. New research from NC State shows that theropod dinosaur species with bony crests, horns and knobs evolved to giant body sizes 20 times faster than those species lacking such embellishments. Read more >>

Illustration of heparin released from Smart Patch Prevents Thrombosis in Animal Model

An interdisciplinary team of researchers has developed a smart patch designed to monitor a patient’s blood and release blood-thinning drugs as needed to prevent the occurrence of dangerous blood clots—a condition known as thrombosis. In an animal model, the patch was shown to be more effective at preventing thrombosis than traditional methods of drug delivery. The work was done by researchers at NC State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Read more >>

Concrete sample tested for water damage. Innovation Uses Electricity to Identify Damage in Concrete

Tracking concrete degradation is essential to public safety, and the culprit behind concrete degradation is water. Water contributes to the degradation by itself, or it can carry other chemicals— like the road salt used on bridges—that can expedite corrosion of both concrete and its underlying steel reinforcement structure. Read more >>

New inverter made with silicon carbide components New Tech Promises to Boost Electric Vehicle Efficiency, Range

Researchers at NC State have developed a new type of inverter device with greater efficiency in a smaller, lighter package— which should improve the fuel efficiency and range of hybrid and electric vehicles. Read more >>

Illustration of robotic workstations of an enzyme assembly line.Researchers Tweak Enzyme ‘Assembly Line’ to Improve Antibiotics

Researchers have discovered a way to make pinpoint changes to an enzyme-driven “assembly line” that will enable scientists to improve or change the properties of existing antibiotics as well as create designer compounds. The work is the first to efficiently manipulate which building blocks the enzyme selects in the act of synthesizing erythromycin, an important antibiotic. Read more >>

Researchers Unearth Ancient Mythological Statues in Jordan

A team of North Carolina-based researchers helped unearth more clues this summer about the ancient Nabatean city of Petra in Jordan. Read more >>

Drones and Biobots to the Rescue

Researchers at NC State have developed a combination of software and hardware that will allow them to use unmanned aerial vehicles and insect cyborgs, or biobots, to map large, unfamiliar areas— such as collapsed buildings after a disaster. Read more >>

Mirror created byEngineering Researchers Help NASA Learn From the Stars

Telescopes created in the Precision Engineering Consortium at NC State will help NASA scientists gain a better understanding of star formation. Read more >>