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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.
Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate student Jessica Erlingis won a 2012 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Her research interests include simulation and prediction of hydrometeorological extremes, such as heavy precipitation events and flash flooding. An understanding of these extremes and how they may change with a changing climate is crucial for hazard mitigation and water resources management, among many...
Anna Wilson, civil and environmental engineering graduate student, won a 2012 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. In her doctoral research, Anna will investigate the microphysical processes playing a role in orographic enhancement of convection and tropical cyclones propagating across the southern Appalachians.
Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate student Xue Feng won a 2012 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. In her doctoral research, Feng plans to study how seasonal and interannual climate variability propagates through seasonally dry ecosystems (such as in the northeast region of Brazil), by building theoretical models with probabilistic frameworks.
DURHAM N.C. – Randomness and chaos in nature, as it turns out, can be a good thing – especially when trying to harvest energy from the movements of everyday activities. Duke University engineers believe they have come up with the theoretical underpinning that could lead to the development of energy harvesting devices that are not only more versatile than those in use today, but should be able to wring out more electricity from the motions of life.
Brian Diekman, a Biomedical Engineering graduate student in the laboratory of Farshid Guilak, swept the awards at the annual meeting of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society.
For his work on characterizing the properties of folding-wing aircraft, mechanical engineering graduate student Ivan Wang was recently awarded a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship from the Department of Defense and the American Society for Engineering Education. Wang was inspired to pursue this line of research while an undergraduate Pratt Fellow working in the laboratory of Earl Dowell, William Holland Hall Professor and chairman of the Department of Mechanical...

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