Breakin’ It Down: NC State
Can the Tar Heels match their intensity?
Go Gio, Go! Tar Heel Star Continues to ‘Wow’ in NFL
But what is Gio authoring as an encore on this anniversary of ' The Return ' ?
November is NaNoWriMo, but for my purposes I'm officially declaring it NaBLOWriMo. This is going to mean a *lot* of content...
Clean, Affordable Power Advances as Duke Energy Struggles
This is Jim Warren. Long-predicted and hopeful changes are quickly occurring in the electric power industry – even as scientists and bizarre weather...
Talking about Brain Damage at a Thursday Night Football Game
This is Lew Margolis. The Thursday night football game in Chapel Hill may seem like ancient history, but as a teacher of public health and as one unse...
“Turn the tape recorder back on”
William Friday has been dead a year now, and we still don’t know how we are going to get along without him. He was a living monument to all that i...
The Uncommon Core of the New Math
In the early 1990s I was working at ARCO Chemical Company in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Times were good at ARCO, although that would change. We were...
The Art of Potential
A Parent’s Guide To College Applications
“Parents need to be aware of how drastically the process has changed since we were applying to colleges.” says Christy Schmidt, mother of ...
Always, Always, Follow The Money
What is the first rule of politics? “Follow the money,” says Mickey, a character in Robert Inman’s new book, “The GovernorR...
How Engineers Spend their Spare Time
Since I started writing Common Science in April of 2011, I have averaged 50 columns a year. Most weeks I have my topic selected by Monday, a first d...
Dr. Tina Lepage
Being Where The Action Is
One evening while the three of us were enjoying dinner on the deck, Page said excitedly, "I can’t wait for middle school!" This was the year before ...
Chansky: Billion-Dollar Game
Listen to Art’s Sports Notebook here. UNC Professors Jay Smith and Lew Margolis – now part of what they call the Athletic Reform Group – are...
Advice For The President from Pat Conroy’s Mom
What advice would author Pat Conroy’s late mother give President Obama in dealing with congressional Republicans over the government shutdown an...
Be A Friend
This is Nerys Levy and I am a member of the Friends of the Carrboro Branch Library. Recently the local storage facility where we have been keeping our...
Common Science: Fungi of the Future
Last week in Part I of this series, I discussed some of the unique properties of fungi – yeasts, molds, and mushrooms. This week, I’ll explain...
Some Things Worse Than A Government Shutdown
How could it be worse? We ask ourselves this question as our government’s ability to lead our country disintegrates and we are mostly helpless t...
Very few of us will ever get to prove our strength of character on a public stage. We may make moral and brave choices but most of us will do so in a ...
The Art of Potential
I’m one of those people who is really good at getting inconsequential crap done especially when the important stuff is looming out there. Need t...
The Fashion Plate
Favorite Fall Fashion
It’s official – autumn has arrived! What trends are you hoping make a comeback this fall? And what are you hoping stays in the closet of no return...
Your Sister the Mushroom
I previously published a column called “Your Mother the Plant” in which I discussed the nearly identical structures of chlorophyll, which absorbs ...