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Researchers have created a computer program that will open a challenging field in synthetic biology to the entire world. In the past decade, billions of dollars have been spent on technology that can quickly and inexpensively read and write DNA to synthesize and manipulate polypeptides and proteins.
During the 2015 Shell Eco-marathon, the Duke Electric Vehicles (DEV) team had quite a showing. Not only did they take 2nd place in their category, their carefully catalogued research into the optimal thickness of their car’s carbon-fiber body won them the Technical Innovation Award. The accomplishment helped Duke be considered as a front-runner for Shell’s Make the Future corporate campaign.
Megan O’Connor, a 4th year graduate student in civil and environmental engineering, placed 2nd in this year’s Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development. The competition helps bridge the gap between the academic and corporate worlds, and finds solutions that promote sustainability via the transfer and application of technology into the operational practice of business.
The research group of Guglielmo Scovazzi, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has just completed the deployment of the fastest computer cluster at Pratt. Supported by a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grant from the Army Research Office (ARO) and the Pratt School of Engineering, the new $300,000 setup dubbed Nivolet will help Scovazzi drastically cut down computing times for his research.
Researchers have devised a technology that can bring true color to infrared imaging systems, like the one used to track Arnold Schwarzenegger through the jungle in the movie “Predator.”
Researchers have demonstrated the exceptional specificity of a new way to switch sequences of the human genome on or off without editing the underlying genetic code. Originally discovered as an antiviral system in bacteria, CRISPR/Cas9 is one of the hottest topics in genetic research today. By engineering a version of that system, researchers can both edit DNA sequences and control which genes are used.
Zhiping Mao at the welcoming ceremony.In late September, Zhiping Mao, a PhD student in Bob Kielb’s MEMS lab, was invited to Washington D.C. as the representative of Duke Chinese students to welcome President Xi Jinping, the current chairman and president of the People's Republic of China. This was the second time President Xi visited the U.S. and President Obama.
Drew Hilton, winner of Duke’s Klein Family Distinguished Teaching Award, extends his philosophy to two new online educational tools. How did you get interested in teaching computer programming?
Scientists have deciphered the genetic code that instructs proteins to either self-assemble or disassemble in response to environmental stimuli, such as changes in temperature, salinity or acidity. The discovery provides a new platform for drug delivery systems and an entirely different view of cellular functions.
Modern digital cameras are equipped with an impressive array of functions – from autofocus and image stabilization to panoramas and high-definition video. Recently a team of engineers from Duke University has unlocked a previously unrecognized 3D imaging capability of modern cameras by simply repurposing its existing components.