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.
Multi-tasking whales sing while feeding, not just breeding
Humpback whales are famed for their songs, most often heard in breeding season when males are competing to mate with females. In recent years, however, reports of whale songs occurring outside traditional breeding grounds ...
Networking ability a family trait in monkeys
Two years of painstaking observation on the social interactions of a troop of free-ranging monkeys and an analysis of their family trees has found signs of natural selection affecting the behavior of the descendants.
Wildflower colors tell butterflies how to do their jobs
(PhysOrg.com) -- The recipe for making one species into two requires time and some kind of separation, like being on different islands or something else that discourages gene flow between the two budding species.
Researchers could use plant's light switch to control cells
(PhysOrg.com) -- Chandra Tucker shines a blue light on yeast and mammalian cells in her Duke University lab and the edges of them start to glow. The effect is the result of a light-activated switch from a plant that has been ...
Bigger creatures live longer, travel farther for a reason
(Phys.org)—A biological mystery about the longer lifespans of bigger creatures may be explained by the application of a physical law called the Constructal Law.
Weather-making high-pressure systems predicted to intensify as a result of increasing greenhouse-gas concentrations
(Phys.org)—High-pressure systems over oceans, which largely determine the tracks of tropical cyclones and hydrological extremes in much of the northern hemisphere, are likely to intensify this century, according to a Duke ...
Rapid changes in climate don't slow some lizards
(Phys.org)—One tropical lizard's tolerance to cold is stiffer than scientists had suspected.
Deep-sea crabs grab grub using UV vision
(Phys.org)—Crabs living half-a-mile down in the ocean, beyond the reach of sunlight, have a sort of color vision combining sensitivity to blue and ultraviolet light. Their detection of shorter wavelengths may give the crabs ...
Destroyed coastal habitats produce significant greenhouse gas
Destruction of coastal habitats may release as much as 1 billion tons of carbon emissions into the atmosphere each year, 10 times higher than previously reported, according to a new Duke led study.
Copper Nanowires Enable Bendable Displays, Solar Cells
(PhysOrg.com) -- A team of Duke University chemists has perfected a simple way to make tiny copper nanowires in quantity. The cheap conductors are small enough to be transparent, making them ideal for thin-film solar cells, ...