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A dashboard view from a vehicle taking measurements of certain types of pollutants during rush hour in Atlanta

July 21, 2017

Rush Hour Pollution May Be More Dangerous Than You Think

In-car measurements of pollutants that cause oxidative stress found exposure levels for drivers to be twice as high as previously believed.

August 28, 2015

Duke Engineers and Clinicians Create Medical Devices Together

Four new projects and two renewal projects will receive nearly $800,000 for research through the 2015 Coulter-Duke Translational Partnership grant. The funding, which begins on September 1, marks the 10th year of the program. This year’s new recipients are developing non-invasive methods of [...]

August 27, 2015

Teaching Robots Rock Climbing

Kris Hauser, associate professor in electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke, has secured a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Robotics Initiative to “boldly go where every human has gone before.” While even infants can figure out [...]

August 27, 2015

Randles Named Finalist for Supercomputing’s Top Honor

Amanda Randles, a new assistant professor in biomedical engineering at Duke University, has been named one of five finalists for this year’s Gordon Bell Prize—the top honor in the field of supercomputing. The $10,000 prize recognizes innovative applications of parallel computing to challenges in [...]

August 27, 2015

Improving Energy Storage With a Cue From Nature

Materials melt faster when the lines of heat spread through the cold material like the branches of a tree -- and the melting rate can be steadily increased by allowing the tree architecture to freely evolve over time, researchers have discovered. The finding could help improve phase change energy [...]

August 26, 2015

In the Classroom, a Decade of Lessons from Hurricane Katrina

A decade ago and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Duke engineering professor David Schaad launched a new course he hoped might do some good in the wake of that horrendous natural disaster. Schaad wasn’t sure the course, “Natural Catastrophes: Rebuilding from Ruins,” would gain much traction [...]

August 25, 2015

Researchers Aim to Develop New Techniques for Creating High-Temperature Alloys

A new grant seeking to develop new techniques for creating high-temperature materials is taking advantage of Duke University’s expertise in computational materials genomics—the computer modeling of novel materials to identify which might have desirable properties. Led by NC State University, the [...]

August 25, 2015

Ramanujam Awarded Two Grants to Help Screen for Cervical Cancer in Africa

Nimmi Ramanujam, the Robert W. Carr Jr. Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University and director of the Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies, has been awarded two National Institutes of Health (NIH) RO1 grants to work with industry and non-profit partners to develop strategies [...]

August 24, 2015

Lighting Up Plants’ Metabolisms for a Better Energy Future

Researchers from disparate corners of Duke University are joining forces to peer into the most basic processes of life to discover what makes plants be all that they can be for our nation's energy future. With the support of a three-year, $2 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE), [...]

August 18, 2015

Setting Ground Rules for Nanotechnology Research

In two new studies, researchers from across the country spearheaded by Duke University faculty have begun to design the framework on which to build the emerging field of nanoinformatics. Nanoinformatics is, as the name implies, the combination of nanoscale research and informatics. It attempts to [...]

August 17, 2015

Dancing Droplets Launch Themselves from Thin Fibers

We’ve all seen dewdrops form on spider webs. But what if they flung themselves off of the strands instead? Researchers at Duke University and the University of British Columbia have now observed this peculiar phenomenon, which could benefit many industrial applications. As long as the strands are [...]

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