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The associate editor, Jason Smith, collected a list of unsolved science problems from readers. The top ten questions asked about population growth, why humans are different from chimpanzees, how development evolves, the human genome, the basis of consciousness, climate change, sustainable energy, alternative fuel, the formation of the universe and what it’s made of. UNC professors offered their perspectives on each of the topics.
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Historian Louise McReynolds studies sensationalistic murder cases in Russia. Her analysis of court archives reveal examples of how tradition and pop culture intermingle and produce injustice. Russian judges typically sold tickets to spectators, and many of the trial transcripts were sold as books or made into films.
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Endeavors (NoCar LD 3941.3 A3), Vol. 24 Issue 3, Spring 2008, p20-21, il, por Periodical Website
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Biologist Jeff Dangl studies the immune systems of plants. His research works on sequencing the genomes of plants and plant pathogens in hopes of identifying the disease-resistance genes of plants that humans rely on.
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Endeavors (NoCar LD 3941.3 A3), Vol. 24 Issue 3, Spring 2008, p17-19, il, por Periodical Website
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Undergraduate Angela Harper spent six weeks interviewing families in Ghana to understand why parents sold their children into slavery. Child traffickers maximize profits by going to the poorest villages and offering parents a deal. Harper will extend her humanitarian work by attending the UNC School of Law this fall to focus on international law and human rights.
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Endeavors (NoCar LD 3941.3 A3), Vol. 24 Issue 3, Spring 2008, p28-29, por Periodical Website
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Marianne Gingher, an associate professor of English, recently published her memoir called, Adventures in Pen Land. The story covers her childhood, marriage, and teaching career. She also shares her insights into the role of a Southern writer in American literary culture, the experience of writing as a mother, and the process of novel-writing.
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Endeavors (NoCar LD 3941.3 A3), Vol. 24 Issue 3, Spring 2008, p38-39, il, por Periodical Website
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Kevin Guskiewicz is the director of Carolina’s Sports Medicine Research Laboratory and studies the long-term consequences of football injuries. Guskiewicz is finishing a study of head trauma in college football players. It’s the first research project to ever use state-of-the-art technology to study head trauma during live practices and games.
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Endeavors (NoCar LD 3941.3 A3), Vol. 24 Issue 3, Spring 2008, p40-41, il, por Periodical Website
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Computer scientists Ming Lin and Dinesh Manocha developed a modeling and simulation program that is being used to train military soldiers how to stay alive in the combat zone. Other software is being developed to train first responders, emergency response, and police, and to simulate hurricane evacuations.
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Endeavors (NoCar LD 3941.3 A3), Vol. 24 Issue 3, Spring 2008, p30-33, por Periodical Website
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Neurologists have been studying brain tumor cells to learn how they respond to chemotherapy and a molecule called Cytochrome C. Scientists tested several different cell types from brain tumors and found that all were sensitive to the chromosome, and many of the tumor cells were killed.
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Endeavors (NoCar LD 3941.3 A3), Vol. 24 Issue 3, Spring 2008, p34-36, il, por Periodical Website
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Cosmologist Laura Mersini-Houghton used a model that assumes the existence of a parallel universe to predict a giant void in space before it was observed by other scientists. The void was inconsistent with standard cosmological theory, but has led to new possibilities in research.
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North Carolina has long been considered rich in water resources. In the last decade, however, the state has suffered two droughts that have forced cities to implement increasing water restrictions. UNC experts are exploring solutions to water scarcity, such as policy reform, water engineering, and city planning.
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Endeavors (NoCar LD 3941.3 A3), Vol. 24 Issue 3, Spring 2008, p42-46, por Periodical Website
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Fulton Crews’ research on binge drinking shows how brain damage that impairs decision-making can occur long after the drinking stops. Binge drinking can cause loss of neurons and changes in the brain structure, leading to repeated behaviors and difficulty relearning.
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Biochemist Jack Griffith and his graduate student Smaranda Wilcox found ancient salt deposits underneath the desert of Roswell, New Mexico. The salt deposits contain the oldest cellulose macromolecules ever found. Griffith suggests that life on other planets would likely be carbon-based.
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Endeavors (NoCar LD 3941.3 A3), Vol. 24 Issue 3, Spring 2008, p22-25, il, por Periodical Website
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