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Professor Tom Meyer shares $1 million prize from Israel for solar energy breakthrough

Tom Meyer, director of the Energy Frontier Research Center for Solar Fuels at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was honored Oct. 6 as one of two recipients of a $1 million prize given by Israel for research on alternative fuels.

College receives $3M for program to benefit first-generation undergraduate students

UNC’s Office of Undergraduate Education will receive $3 million over four years to fund a program for first-generation college students that includes curricular innovations, outreach and support, and pathways for timely and affordable degree completion.

Galapagos Science Center: a lab for human-environment interaction

Stephen Walsh is the director of Carolina’s Center for Galapagos Studies and co-director of the Galapagos Science Center, a joint effort between Carolina and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador.

Templeton honored for faculty service

For his remarkable service to Carolina, chemistry professor Joe Templeton was named the 2014 winner of the Thomas Jefferson Award,

Carolina’s Laura Mersini-Houghton shows that black holes do not exist

Black holes have long captured the public imagination and been the subject of popular culture, They are the ultimate unknown – the blackest and most dense objects in the universe. Now add this to the mix: they don’t exist.

Don’t Force It: Heat, light, or sound is all it takes to turn these objects into something new

Bend it, stretch it, squish it flat. To make something into the shape you want, you have to use force. Maybe a lot of force, like chopping firewood with an axe—or maybe just a little, like pressing your thumb into wet clay. Either way, you’re using force.

To Vape, or Not to Vape?

Cream of mushroom. Piña colada. A whole Thanksgiving dinner, from turkey to pie. These are some of the flavors of e-cigarettes you can buy online or in stores. About half of U.S. smokers have tried e-cigarettes, according to research by UNC postdoc Jessica Pepper.