The Manzanar Project and the World’s Most Unlikely Mangroves
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The Manzanar Project and the World’s Most Unlikely Mangroves

As anyone who’s tried to keep a fickle houseplant alive knows, plant cultivation is not easy.  While Matt Damon is growing potatoes on Mars, most of us are struggling to figure out why our bromeliads are drooping despite our unfettered attentions.  Now imagine growing those plants in slightly less hospitable conditions- say, a few days … Continue reading

Superstitions at Sea: Why Bananas are Bad Luck
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Superstitions at Sea: Why Bananas are Bad Luck

This guest post was written by Becky Fitzula.  Becky, although an NC State graduate, has fallen into ranks as the Public Communications Technician at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS). She has spent most of her time digging through the archives to discover the rich history surrounding IMS, but on occasion she has been … Continue reading

Pope Francis’ Radical Guide to Climate Change
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Pope Francis’ Radical Guide to Climate Change

Pope Francis released an encyclical on the environment in June, and your first thought was probably, “Should I care?”  Your second may have been, to quote 1920s presidential candidate Al Smith, “What the hell is an encyclical?”  Quick answers: 1) yes, no matter who you are, and 2) read on. Let’s start with the basics, … Continue reading

The Chambered Nautilus Beyond High School English
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The Chambered Nautilus Beyond High School English

If you were walking down the street, mulling over your latest research conundrum, and were suddenly accosted by a mad-eyed figure demanding the name of an ocean-themed poem, you would probably shout over your shoulder as you sprinted away, “The Chambered Nautilus!”  (Either that or Feedback, if the insane number of hits Kelsey’s post receives … Continue reading

Fish and Visitors Travel Faster in the Gulf Stream
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Fish and Visitors Travel Faster in the Gulf Stream

Are there any American historical figures more endearing than Ben Franklin?  Who else could pull off kite-flying in thunderstorms, pithy suggestions about pennies and early bedtimes, and “diplomacy” with the French (ladies), yet still appear affable and erudite?  Even today, Franklin seems to be winking out of portraits, encouraging the viewer to tick off some … Continue reading

The big reveal: Top 10 Science Puns
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The big reveal: Top 10 Science Puns

In light of Valentine’s day, we here at UNdertheC blog decided to put a science-y spin on the holiday and compile the Top 10 corniest science puns.  We called on you the readers, our friends, neighbors, and colleagues, and, of course, Chemistry Cat for divine inspiration and came up with a pretty eye-roll inducing list.  … Continue reading

A call for creativity: science pick-up lines
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A call for creativity: science pick-up lines

It’s almost that time of year again: Valentine’s Day.  And in honor of the somewhat controversial holiday (I mean, it really is just an excuse to buy lots of chocolates and flowers – not that I’m complaining, mind you), we’ve decided to try something a little different here at UNder the C blog.  We’re asking … Continue reading