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There’s an environmental and economic crisis along our coast and around the world.  Oyster populations are drastically low, as compared to their numbers a century ago.  In North Carolina, oyster populations have dropped 90 percent.  But two men in Carteret County think they may have the answer to the shortage.  One is a scientist, the other is a fishermen.

November is awareness month for Lung Cancer, the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the United States. Doctors at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville are betting on new technologies to reverse that trend. Sarah Finch has more on a new lung biopsy device and how it’s changing healthcare options in eastern North Carolina.

Turkeys: they’re the centerpiece for your Thanksgiving feast.  And a source of renewable energy.  This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to the Vice President of Prestage AgEnergy about their plant under construction in Sampson County that will convert turkey waste into steam for electricity. And, a local hospital is the first in the world to use new biopsy tool.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.  

NC GreenPower

A new statewide pilot program is giving students an opportunity to learn hands on about renewable energy.   New Bern High is one of four schools across North Carolina that received a grant to construct a 5kW solar panel system on site.  Earth and Environmental Science Teacher Sandy Parker applied for the grant in Spring of this year and found out three months later that they had received funding.

Institute of Marine Sciences

The Albermarle Sound, the Pamlico Sound, the South River; these estuarine waters are an important feeding and nesting habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife.   Most of the seafood that ends up on your plate spends part of its life in our estuaries so it makes sense to protect these habitats.   But as beneficial as estuaries are for recreation and the economy, they are also very fragile.

This week on the Down East Journal, a University in northeastern North Carolina is teaming up with NASA to create an Aerospace Academy on wheels. The planned mobile lab will travel the state, providing on-hands learning with flight simulators, robotics and rocketry, to inspire students to pursue science careers. 

Large bodies of water like the Pamlico Sound absorb carbon dioxide like a sponge.  But when a tropical storm or hurricane hits, it agitates the water releasing extensive amounts of CO2 into the air.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak to a coastal scientist about the harmful effects of “burping estuaries.”  And, we’ll talk about plans for a new children’s museum in Jacksonville.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

Stephen Fegley

Officials in North Topsail Beach called a special meeting just last week to address the loss of 900 feet of dunes.  It’s thought that winter storms and two hurricanes are the cause of erosion.  But there may be another contributor.  A team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute of Marine Sciences recently published results of a multi year study conducted in Onslow County that found sea level anomalies, or periods of higher-than-normal water levels, can cause extensive erosion.   This week, I spoke with Ph.

This week on the Down East Journal, we focus on two East Carolina University breakthroughs.  One seeks to confirm Gulf War Illness through a blood test, and the other increases the intelligibility of speech for those with Parkinson's disease.  This week, we speak to experts about advancements in treating Gulf War illness and the device doing double duty for stutters and Parkinson's sufferers.

UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

On April 5th, the Beneath The Waves Film Festival takes place at the coast.  The festival includes a variety of films highlighting coastal issues, a panel discussion with local scientists, and booths showcasing marine science that happens in Carteret County.

Dr. Paerl, UNC Institute of Marine Sciences

The common blue green algae found on local waterways has bloomed into an unprecedented event in the Taihu basin.  We speak with North Carolina scientist Dr. Hans Paerl about his research trip to China and what we can do to prevent cyanobacteria from proliferating in eastern North Carolina.

We talk to a local scientist who developed a new method of rapidly detecting polluted water that’s likely to become the standard in the United States. 

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We speak with a Goldsboro High School teacher who received a prestigious technology award for UV radiation and bacterial cell growth research.

A charter school serving close to 200 students in an economically depressed area of Kinston is facing closure.  The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has recommended Children‘s Village Academy’s charter be revoked because of cash flow problems and increasing school debt.  This week on the Down East Journal, find out what Children‘s Village Academy is doing to stay open.  And, we talk to a Goldsboro High School biology teacher who received a prestigious technology award for UV radiation and bacterial cell growth research.