North Carolina State University

  • ​​Small consumer drones can be used to detect and monitor big sea animals in shallow waters, according to new research from North Carolina State University. The team has shown that a quadcopter drone can be an easy means to collect reliable data.
  • ​Chargers for electric vehicles could be getting much smaller and more energy-efficient, if technology developed by scientists at North Carolina State University reaches consumers. The system may also allow for considerably quicker charging times.
  • ​When a clot blocks a blood vessel in the heart, a heart attack is the unfortunate result. Frequently, surgery is required in order to remove that clot. Thanks to an experimental new drug-delivery system, however, that approach may become increasingly unnecessary.
  • Bacteria are evolving resistance to our best antibiotics at an alarming rate, so developing new ones is a crucial area of study. Inspired by a natural molecule, researchers at NC State University have synthesized a new compound that shows promising antibacterial properties against resistant bugs.
  • We’re increasingly seeing drones that cross over between sea and sky. Now engineers from North Carolina State University have developed the EagleRay XAV, an amphibious fixed-wing drone that can fly above or dive below the waves as needed.
  • Although familiar in our own homes, scientists have for the first time discovered which insects pollinate Venus flytraps in their native environment, and why they appear to be getting away from being the plant’s next meal.
  • We’re used to receiving data wirelessly, and wireless power is also starting to make its way into devices. Now, researchers from North Carolina State University (NCSU) have developed a system that can combine the two, wirelessly transmitting both data and power simultaneously from a distance.
  • Wearable electronic devices are starting to save some battery power by harvesting an energy source that’s right underneath them: human body heat. Now a team from North Carolina State University has developed a system using liquid metal components, making it flexible, efficient and self-healing.
  • ​When it comes to obliterating blood clots, doctors have at least two options: intravascular ultrasound tools or tiny diamond-tipped drills. Unfortunately, both approaches have drawbacks. A new ultrasound "drill," however, may strike the perfect balance between the two.
  • ​​In places such as recording studios, movie theaters or concert halls, the walls are covered in thick panels that minimize echoes by scattering sound waves. Thanks to new research, such panels may soon only need to be about one tenth the thickness that they are now.​
  • Science
    Scientists may soon have a new tool to work with, when it comes to determining the age of deceased children based on their remains. Researchers have found that the skull's frontal sinus undergoes distinct changes throughout childhood, and those changes can be matched up to approximate ages.​
  • ​We've all seen those motion-capture suits, with the little balls on them that computers track to create a 3D model of the wearer. Well, scientists have taken that same idea and applied it to a simple-but-effective new system for manipulating 3D objects on a computer screen – it's called CAPTIVE.