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Emily Harmon wading in knee-deep water with a rope tool

Disassembling Evolution’s Engine

When a research project centered on evolution within spadefoot toads fell through, Emily Harmon shifted her focus to microscopic swimmers called rotifers. The biology PhD student is studying an animal’s ability to adapt in one generation, which could inform conservation efforts in the face of climate change.

Brian Lerch stands in front of an enlarged image of colorful beetles.

The Smorgasbord Scientist

Why do some organisms live in groups? What influences their cooperation with one another? How do they choose their mates? PhD student Brian Lerch has a lot of questions about ecology and evolutionary biology — and he strives to answer them using math.

Two students work in the Lab of the Future, wearing masks and lab coats. A light casts a purple glow on them.

The Lab of the Future is here

The next-generation laboratory made for modern learning and chemistry laboratory training has arrived. The Lab of the Future sets the pace for the future of undergraduate laboratory spaces at Carolina Chemistry.

Ronit Freeman in her lab.

COVID-19 gets its just desserts with sugar-coated test strips

New research by UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of California, San Diego, develops a low-cost test strip that provides a simple and accurate detection of COVID-19 infection within minutes.

Black hole at the center of the Milky Way

After a wild blowout a few million years ago, the central black hole in our galaxy now dozes fitfully

A multi-institutional team led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill traces still active particle beam. 

The Old Well viewed from across the street, with a tree with red berries in the foreground of the photo.

College faculty tapped for highly cited researchers 2021 list

Five College of Arts & Sciences faculty members have been named among the world’s most highly cited researchers in their respective fields for 2021.

Carolina Tar Heels use high-tech mouthguards in player safety research

Use of the NFL’s mouthguard sensor at collegiate level will broaden, inform head injury reduction efforts for elite athletes.