• Letting It Soak In: Stormwater Retention Pays

    A recent federal study estimates the monetary value of reducing stormwater runoff from development, suggesting that over time hundreds of millions of dollars in groundwater resources can be saved.

  • Exploring a Piece of Battle of the Atlantic

    Researchers are using advanced technology to more fully explore recently discovered wreckage of a German U- boat and an Allied merchant ship that were sunk off Cape Hatteras in 1942.

  • The Ocean: Calming a Stormy Mind

    Whether it’s the smell of the sea or the rhythmic lapping of waves upon the shore, science has long known the calming effect the ocean has on the human mind, the “blue mind” as one scientist calls it.

  • Taking the Pulse of Currituck Sound

    The Army Corps of Engineers has launched a $1.3 million research project in Currituck Sound to collect long-term data that should help scientists monitor water quality in the sound and understand the effects of climate change.

  • Plugging Into the Gulf Stream?

    Scientists are studying whether the huge amount of water that the Gulf Stream moves past our coast each second could be harnessed as a clean source of renewable energy.

  • Fish Respond to Warming Ocean

    Researcher Chuck Bangley has evidence that North Carolina is seeing some of the biggest changes in fish behavior resulting from warming ocean temperatures.

  • Making the Unknown Known

    To prepare for possible wind-energy development, researchers are mapping the seafloor off the N.C. coast, a vast uncharted territory.

  • Can the Cape Fear Take More Mercury?

    A researcher says the lower Cape Fear River, already impaired by mercury, can’t safely absorb the additional amount that will be discharged by a proposed cement plant.

  • Is a Brown Tide Rising in N.C. Waters?

    Brown algae has fouled coastal waters from New York to Texas, killing shellfish and suffocating grass beds. So far North Carolina has been spared. Have we just been lucky or is it merely a matter of time?