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A model system of a fungal spore and the water droplets that disperse them

July 26, 2017

Fungal Spores Harness Physics to Launch Themselves

Evolution has shaped fungal spores to aim and power their launch with merging water droplets

June 24, 2015

MRI Technology Reveals Deep Brain Pathways in Unprecedented Detail

Scientists at Duke Medicine—including a recent Duke biomedical engineering PhD graduate—have produced a 3-D map of the human brain stem at an unprecedented level of detail using MRI technology. In a study to be published June 3 in Human Brain Mapping, the researchers unveil an ultra high-resolution [...]

June 23, 2015

Understanding Deep Brain Stimulation

For the past 17 years, neurosurgeons have implanted electrodes into the brains of persons with Parkinson’s disease to deliver a constant barrage of electric impulses. For many patients, the treatment known as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) immediately relieves the motor impairment caused by the [...]

June 18, 2015

Fifth International Conference on Self-Healing Materials Set for June 22-24

If you think concrete that can repair its own cracks is pretty cool or the fact that electrically active artificial skin that can heal itself actually exists is pretty awesome, Durham has just the event for you. For only the second time, the International Conference on Self-Healing Materials will [...]

June 17, 2015

Engineering Dean Named Provost at the University of Virginia

Tom Katsouleas, the Vinik Dean of Engineering at Duke‘s Pratt School of Engineering, was named executive vice president and provost at the University of Virginia on Wednesday. During Katsouleas’ seven-year tenure at Duke, engineering graduate student enrollment has risen by 62 percent, Pratt [...]

June 17, 2015

Meet the Duke Brew Devil

Engineering never sounded so cool. Every year, about a dozen groups of mechanical engineering and materials science seniors spend two semesters designing and building a senior project. These projects challenge students to use what they’ve learned over the past four years to solve an engineering [...]

June 10, 2015

Duke Engineering Invaded by Robots

If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring the Serengeti by drone or building a real-life medical C-3PO, Duke has you covered. Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering has made several new faculty hires in the past few years to create a group that will position the school to be a competitive leader in one of [...]

June 08, 2015

The Shape of a Perfect Fire

From ancient Egyptians roasting a dripping cut of beef next to the Great Pyramid of Giza to a Boy Scout learning to build a log cabin fire in his backyard, everyone builds fires with the same general shape. And now we know why. In a study published in Nature Scientific Reports on June 8, 2015, [...]

June 05, 2015

Amanda Randles: Computing Complex Biological Systems

Amanda Randles, a pioneer in using supercomputers to gain insight into biomedical challenges, will join Duke University’s Biomedical Engineering Department on July 1, 2015. Bringing with her computer models of how blood, particles and cells travel through our veins and arteries, Randles will work [...]

June 04, 2015

How Dividing Cells End Up the Same Size

There aren’t any giants or midgets when it comes to the cells in your body, and now Duke University scientists think they know why. A new study appearing June 3 in Nature shows that a cell’s initial size determines how much it will grow before it splits into two. This finding goes against recent [...]

June 02, 2015

Duke's First Energy Minors Demonstrate Burgeoning Professional Demand

Commencement season brought evidence of the continual and growing demand for undergraduate energy education programs at Duke University, as the Pratt School of Engineering graduated its first students in its minor in Energy Engineering and the Certificate in Energy and the Environment bid farewell [...]

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