Finding answers to big questions about evolution requires a particular mindset. For biologist Daniel Matute, that mindset includes a trait often found in our planet’s hardiest organisms: resiliency. How do genomes differ? Why do some species go extinct while others … Continued
Byline: Mary Lide Parker
In late February, as the first reports of COVID-19 cases started to spring up across the country, Michael Emch was beginning a unit on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases with 50 undergraduate students in his “Health and Medical Geography” class. “Teaching about … Continued
The task at hand appears simple: slip a zip tie through the plastic disc, ensure the ID tag is visible and attach it to the metal table. Cut off the excess plastic. Repeat. Now, do that 48 times, underwater and … Continued
“Es como una sopa. ¿Qué necesitamos para preparar una sopa?” [“It’s like a soup. What do we need to make soup?”] Steve Anderson surveys the group of college-age musicians — over 30 of them have squeezed into a small classroom … Continued
In the fall of 2018, when the James Webb Space Telescope launches to an orbit four times farther away than the Moon, it will have an unprecedented ability to see distant events and objects in the universe. Six times larger than the Hubble … Continued
Life-changing moments can come when you least expect them. On a hot August afternoon, Zena Cardman is working on her laptop from the comfort of her couch when she feels her phone buzz. The screen displays a number she doesn’t recognize — an area code from Houston, Texas. She hesitates to answer, thinking it might be a marketing call.
On a warm morning in mid-October, Ecuador’s colorful capital, Quito, buzzes with activity. Throngs of people move through the market in the Mariscal, Yaraví music emanates from cars stuck in traffic, and street vendors sell fragrant salchipapas and empanadas to tourists and locals alike. The equatorial city basks in the abundant sunshine and crisp air of the Andes mountain range.
In a small village in southern Ghana, a 29-year-old pregnant woman named Vivian goes into labor at 2 a.m. Her husband is visiting Ghana’s capital city, Accra, over 100 miles away. With no means of transportation, Vivian, supported by her mother and grandmother, begins walking through the pitch black night to the nearest health post.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill LGBTQ Representation and Rights Initiative has published the first worldwide comprehensive report on transgender people serving in elected office. Other Candidates It’s the first week of December, and much of America is watching Ted Cruz … Continued
Edema Ojomo earned a master of science degree in environmental sciences and engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011 and is pursuing a doctoral degree in the same field at Carolina. She leads a project … Continued