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DURHAM, N.C. -- With changes in the global climate, certain regions of the tropics will likely experience growing unpredictability of their seasonal cycles of rain and drought, according to a new analysis by Duke and Princeton University engineers.
Eight U.S. universities including Duke have established the Vest Scholarship program to spur international collaborations among graduate students whose studies are focused on tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges.
DURHAM, N.C. – In experiments reproducing the natural environment, Duke University researchers have demonstrated that silver nanoparticles, which are used in many consumer products, can have an adverse effect on plants and microorganisms. These preliminary findings are important, the researchers said, because little is known about the environmental effects of these nanoparticles, and the only studies conducted to date involve high concentrations of the nanoparticles in a laboratory setting,...
DURHAM, N.C. –  Duke University engineers have developed a novel “sensor” that is more efficient, versatile, and cheaper for potential use in such applications as airport security scanners, and collision avoidance systems for aircraft, cars or maritime vessels..
Lucinda Camras has to wait only a little while longer before she’s able to put “Ph.D.” after her name, and when that time comes, those letters will follow several other impressive letters – CSO – as in chief scientific officer. In her first year of graduate training at Duke, Lucinda had already formed a company based on the results of almost a decade of research into one of the most common causes of blindness, glaucoma.
DURHAM, N.C. –  The first working “cloaking” device reported by Duke University electrical engineers in 2006 worked like a charm, but it wasn’t perfect. Now a member of that laboratory has come up with a design that ties up one of the major loose ends from the original device.
DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University bioengineers have developed a system for ordering genes to produce proteins using blue light. This new approach could greatly improve the ability of researchers and physicians to control gene expression, which is the process by which genes give instructions for the production of proteins key to all living cells. The advance, they said, could prove invaluable in clinical settings as well as in basic science laboratories.
DURHAM, N.C. -- GPS has been a tremendously successful technology for positioning users in outdoor environments. But attaining GPS-like accuracy indoors has eluded telecommunication researchers for years. That is, until now, according to a Duke University researcher. In the last few years, several companies including Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm and Apple have focused on indoor localization. Research teams at universities also have attacked the problem. Practical solutions are converging, and a...
Engineered to compete and aerodynamically designed for speed, imagine a car that can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds.  When it comes to racing, what else is there?
Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate student Andrew Stershic won a Computational Science Graduate Fellowship from the Department of Energy. In his doctoral research, he aims to build multi-scale computational models that allow for efficient consideration of micro-scale fracture of brittle materials (e.g. concrete) within structure-scale analysis, with special consideration of impact loading.