College of Charleston economist Frank Hefner said the state saw 39,000 additional jobs in March, a sign of good growth that nearly follows the 2 percent jobs growth predicted. “We are there in terms of the growth we have had, and we should continue to see declines in the unemployment rate, especially given the labor […]
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Why Do People See Faces in the Moon?
“When you first look at the moon, you pretty much see light areas and dark areas, and some are more gray than others,” said planetary geologist Cassandra Runyon of the College of Charleston, in South Carolina. “The lighter areas are the mountains, often referred to as the highlands. The dark areas are volcanic—the mare, which […]
Seeing Charleston, S.C., in a new light
“It has the largest concentrated Confederate burial ground in the area, but I don’t consider it a Confederate cemetery because 33,000 people are buried here over 160-plus years,” Beverly Donald, Magnolia Cemetery’s superintendent, said in an interview with Patrick Harwood, a communication professor at the College of Charleston. (Harwood posted the interview on his CofCMultimediareporting […]
‘Blood moon’ launches odd sequence of eclipses, dire warning
“Eclipses are just like clockwork,” College of Charleston Astronomer Terry Richardson noted. Even the planetary alignment “is just a matter of cycles. The planetary cycle just happens to be occurring in line with the eclipse cycle, he said.
A whale of a find: Fossil sheds light on cetacean sonar’s origin
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The deadly threat posed by German submarines during World War One helped spur scientists to develop sonar, using underwater sound signals to locate objects like subs that might be taking aim with a torpedo. In the 20th century, it was an important technological breakthrough. But it was old technology as far as […]
Rivers under the sea: Mapping finds ancient bottom habitat
The Lowcountry offshore is mostly barren sand bottom to the edge of the Continental Shelf – that’s conventional wisdom. But three times now, College of Charleston geologists have dropped high-tech imaging devices to map that bottom, and three times they found “these amazing features” they didn’t expect – ancient river channels.
Evolution should be part of core S.C. science standards, Charleston professor says
A biology professor told an education panel on Monday that members of his organization are frustrated with seeing the state’s biology standards become a “political football for religious reasons or political reasons.” Rob Dillon, a College of Charleston professor and president of South Carolinians for Science Education, said members of the organization are “so discouraged” […]
Safety of Duke’s SC coal ash ponds questioned
Previous studies, relying on a method of measuring soil stability known as a “blow count,” showed the earth beneath the Anderson County ponds and dams is relatively soft, said Steve Jaume, an earthquake specialist at the College of Charleston after The State newspaper made him aware of the study.
‘Pioneer’ sea oats make new stand at Folly Beach County Park
“Oh, my God, they’re incredibly promiscuous,” said College of Charleston botanist Jean Everett. “Water oaks are notorious.”
Darius Rucker, Cary Ann Hearst, Mark Bryan talk nuts and bolts of music industry at seminar
Three of those musicians – Darius Rucker and Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish fame, and Cary Ann Hearst of Shovels & Rope – took the stage at the College of Charleston’s Emmett Robinson Theater on Monday to talk about the songwriter’s craft and the nature of the music business.