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The Invisible Chase

Neutrinos may be the solution to understanding everything from the Big Bang to the inner workings of the atomic nucleus — and UNC physicist Julieta Gruszko can’t stop chasing them.

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25 earn 2021 University Teaching Awards

This year’s winners persevered during the pandemic to remain focused on their students.

Vials of organic compounds sit in a station of the Wilkerson-Hill lab. (photo by Megan May)

Tiny molecules, big potential

North Carolina native and organic chemist Sidney Wilkerson-Hill is investigating ways to recreate the power of plants in the lab — work that could lead to advances in drug development.

Feet stand in two arrows on the ground; one says "habits"; the other "changes."

New year, new goals: How to break a bad habit

The start of the new year is a great time to pick up a new habit that’ll help you reach your goals. It’s also a chance to leave a bad habit behind. Both are equally hard, but Carolina social psychologist Steven Buzinski explains how you can do it.

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Cooperation over competition

Flocks of birds. Schools of fish. Colonies of ants. Their strength is in numbers as they can fend off larger predators, move faster, and mate more easily. Daphne Klotsa, an applied physicist, studies how these biological swarms function in hopes to improve how humans and automated technologies navigate the world.

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New year, new goals: How to be more active at home

Becca Battaglini, the director of Carolina’s Lifetime Fitness program, shares tips for turning 2021 into a year of more exercise and activity — even when we’re mostly at home.

The SOAR telescope sits on a hilltop in Chile

Can white dwarfs help solve the cosmological lithium problem?

For the first time, hard-to-track lithium has been identified and measured in the atmosphere of burned out stars called white dwarfs, according to a study led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.