Nc State's Audio Abstract

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A podcast that explores both innovative research and the people behind it at NC State. We’ll feature short conversations about big advances and small ones, studies that may directly impact your life as well as fun quirky findings, and how and why researchers of all stripes do what they do.


  • Podcast: Sourdough

    Podcast: Sourdough

    14/05/2020 Duración: 20min

    Erin McKenney explains how sourdough does what it does and how you, too, can turn microbes into bread.

  • Podcast: Snakes

    Podcast: Snakes

    20/04/2020 Duración: 16min

    Chris DePerno talks about North Carolina snakes and how to coexist with them.

  • Podcast: Pet Cats and Wildlife

    Podcast: Pet Cats and Wildlife

    11/03/2020 Duración: 14min

    Roland Kays discusses the impact of house cats' hunting on local wildlife.

  • Podcast: Tornadoes

    Podcast: Tornadoes

    02/03/2020 Duración: 12min

    Brice Coffer tells us what forecasters know about thunderstorms and tornado formation.

  • Podcast: 1966 – MLK and the KKK in Raleigh

    Podcast: 1966 – MLK and the KKK in Raleigh

    14/01/2020 Duración: 15min

    On July 31, 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in Reynolds Coliseum. Jason Miller explains why the event has been lost to history until now.

  • Podcast: The Aye-Aye’s Secret Finger

    Podcast: The Aye-Aye’s Secret Finger

    21/10/2019 Duración: 15min

    One of the weirdest primates around - the aye-aye - just got weirder. Like, extra finger weirder.

  • Podcast: Spiders

    Podcast: Spiders

    02/10/2019 Duración: 21min

    Entomologist Matt Bertone joins Audio Abstract to debunk some arachnid myths and share the spidery love.

  • Podcast: State Climatologist Kathie Dello

    Podcast: State Climatologist Kathie Dello

    06/09/2019 Duración: 09min

    Learn about the role the climate office plays in North Carolina and how it can help our state potentially predict and prepare for the results of a changing climate.

  • Podcast: Corpse Flower

    Podcast: Corpse Flower

    30/07/2019 Duración: 15min

    Lupin, the corpse flower housed at NC State, prepares to bloom again.

  • Podcast: Planetary Geology Part 2

    Podcast: Planetary Geology Part 2

    01/07/2019 Duración: 20min

    Planetary geologist Paul Byrne talks about Venus, what can happen when the sun gets hotter, and what planets need to be habitable.

  • Podcast: Planetary Geology, Part I

    Podcast: Planetary Geology, Part I

    04/06/2019 Duración: 15min

    Paul Byrne explains how tectonic, volcanic and impact processes shape planetary surfaces - and what they can teach us about both distant worlds and our own.

  • Podcast: Smart Clothing

    Podcast: Smart Clothing

    01/05/2019 Duración: 12min

    Wouldn't it be cool if we could monitor our health by just putting on a shirt? This episode of Audio Abstract covers the emerging field of smart clothing production.

  • Podcast: Bartonella

    Podcast: Bartonella

    01/04/2019 Duración: 21min

    Bartonella is a bacteria most commonly associated with cat scratch disease, which until recently was thought to be a short lived – or self limiting in medical lingo – infection. Bartonella isn’t new – doctors have known about cat scratch disease for almost a century. What is new is its increasing association with a wide…

  • Bringing the Middle Ages into the Digital Age

    Bringing the Middle Ages into the Digital Age

    05/03/2019 Duración: 13min

    Tim Stinson is bringing the Middle Ages into the digital age by looking for DNA on medieval manuscript pages.

  • Physics at Zero Gravity

    Physics at Zero Gravity

    07/02/2019 Duración: 15min

    Physicist Karen Daniels and her students rode the "vomit comet" to test their theories about how best to land spacecraft on asteroids.

  • The GenX Exposure Study

    The GenX Exposure Study

    16/01/2019 Duración: 09min

    In this episode, Jane Hoppin, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Deputy Director of NC State’s Center for Human Health and the Environment, talks about the GenX Exposure Study. The study is designed to assess whether GenX and related chemicals are detectable in the bodies of Wilmington area residents. 

  • Pet Safety for the Holidays

    Pet Safety for the Holidays

    04/12/2018 Duración: 10min

    Brenda Stevens from the College of Veterinary Medicine has tips for keeping pets safe and healthy during holiday celebrations.

  • Living in Wild Suburbia

    Living in Wild Suburbia

    31/10/2018 Duración: 23min

    Our idea of idyllic suburban living doesn't necessarily feature bobcats, but it turns out suburbia is a little bit wilder than we thought.

  • Brains!


    03/10/2018 Duración: 29min

    In this October episode of Audio Abstract we focus - zombie-like - on the brain!

  • Math in Motion

    Math in Motion

    04/09/2018 Duración: 13min

    Mathematician Tye Lidman and dancer Michelle Pearson are working together to make two disciplines that people find difficult - math and dance - accessible to a broader audience.

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