Duke University located in the Research Triangle of Durham, North Carolina traces its roots to 1838 when it was founded by Quakers and Methodists in Trinity, NC. Duke has more than 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and professional degree students enrolled in its private university. Duke Medical School, School of Engineering, and the School of the Environment are rated very high nationally and internationally. Biomedical research is a very strong point for Duke and its discoveries come in rapid succession. Duke is well funded by endowments, grants and an exceptionally generous alumni.
3-D imaging reveals hidden forces behind clogs, jams, avalanches, earthquakes
Pick up a handful of sand, and it flows through your fingers like a liquid. But when you walk on the beach, the sand supports your weight like a solid. What happens to the forces between the jumbled sand ...
New models yield clearer picture of emissions' true costs
When its environmental and human health toll is factored in, a gallon of gasoline costs us about $3.80 more than the pump price, a new Duke University study finds.
How mantis shrimp evolved many shapes with same powerful punch
The miniweight boxing title of the animal world belongs to the mantis shrimp, a cigar-sized crustacean whose front claws can deliver an explosive 60-mile-per-hour blow akin to a bullet leaving the barrel ...
Boy or girl? Lemur scents have the answer
Dozens of pregnancy myths claim to predict whether a mom-to-be is carrying a boy or a girl. Some say you can tell by the shape of a woman's bump, or whether she craves salty or sweet.
Evolving a bigger brain with human DNA
The size of the human brain expanded dramatically during the course of evolution, imparting us with unique capabilities to use abstract language and do complex math. But how did the human brain get larger ...
Models predict where lemurs will go as climate warms
Anticipated climate changes in coming decades are likely to leave a lot of Madagascar's lemurs looking for new places to live.
Distant species produce love child after 60 million year breakup
A delicate woodland fern discovered in the mountains of France is the love child of two distantly-related groups of plants that haven't interbred in 60 million years, genetic analyses show.
Nearest primate relatives also susceptible to marketing spin
Humans aren't the only species to be influenced by spin. Our closest primate relatives are susceptible, too.
Light-activated genes might be precisely controlled and targeted
Duke University researchers have devised a method to activate genes in any specific location or pattern in a lab dish with the flip of a light switch by crossing a bacterium's viral defense system with a ...
Chimps with higher-ranking moms do better in fights
For chimpanzees, just like humans, teasing, taunting and bullying are familiar parts of playground politics. An analysis of 12 years of observations of playground fights between young chimpanzees in East ...
Climate models disagree on why temperature 'wiggles' occur
A new Duke University-led study finds that most climate models likely underestimate the degree of decade-to-decade variability occurring in mean surface temperatures as Earth's atmosphere warms. The models ...
New contaminants found in oil and gas wastewater
Duke University scientists have discovered high levels of two potentially hazardous contaminants, ammonium and iodide, in wastewater being discharged or spilled into streams and rivers from oil and gas operations in Pennsylvania ...
First contracting human muscle grown in laboratory
In a laboratory first, Duke researchers have grown human skeletal muscle that contracts and responds just like native tissue to external stimuli such as electrical pulses, biochemical signals and pharmaceuticals.
Mercury from gold mines accumulates far downstream
Researchers have determined that the health risks taken on by artisanal, small-scale gold miners extend far beyond the miners themselves.
Humans, sparrows make sense of sounds in similar ways
The song of the swamp sparrow—a grey-breasted bird found in wetlands throughout much of North America—is a simple melodious trill, repeated over and over again.