National Geographic : 1962 Feb
Goggled student at Duke University compares the effect of fire-retarding chemicals. Untreated board at left blazes up quickly; flame merely scorches the treated wood at right. Nuclear bombardment at North Carolina State College helps improve fibers for textiles. Here an instrument checks the radioactivity of wool yarn pelted by particles released by an atomic chain reaction; the reading tells if the fibers may be handled safely. Red lights show that the reactor 142 in background is working. Mr. Herbert smiled. "It's like the Saturn mis sile: a lot of separate rockets, but put them together in a single booster and- well, you've really got something." "But," I protested, "a lot of North Caro linians make their living in the old ways. What are all your modern methods to a man with a mule?" "A chance to live where he wants to and still share in the new benefits," he replied. "Nearly 150,000 Tar Heels owe their jobs to a single result of basic research, synthetic tex tiles. The benefits spread out-well, not al ways to your man with a mule, but certainly to his son, who drives a tractor to break re search-improved land for research-bred seeds. "Take a swing around the Triangle your self," Mr. Herbert concluded. "Look for the lines that lead from laboratories into lives." I took his advice, and more. I traveled all over the State, everywhere asking people why North Carolina is changing so rapidly. Research Triangle Dedicated to new ideas, the Triangle under scores Tar Heel efforts to attract science and industry. Duke University in Durham, North CarolinaState College in Raleigh, and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hillform the Triangle. Their specialists advance the frontiers of knowledge. Cancer experts at Duke inoculate chicks with a leukemia virus. By taking blood samples and mag nifying them on the screen, the technician observes how the disease attacks healthy cells.