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2012-04-07 23:00:50

Duke University DPT is the latest therapy program to join the Advanced Medical family. Advanced Medical is a travel company dedicated to the highest standards in continuing education and patient care. Port Orange, Florida (PRWEB) April 07, 2012 Advanced Medical is proud to announce a “Platinum” level sponsorship with the Duke University Physical Therapy Program. The sponsorship contributes to research, scholarship, and national event participation. The partnership recognizes...

2012-03-26 09:30:50

From miniature elephants to monster mice, and even Hobbit-sized humans, size changes in island animals are well-known to science. Biologists have long believed that large animals evolving on islands tend to get smaller, while small animals tend to get bigger, a generalization they call "the island rule." A new study by researchers at Duke University and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, NC puts that old idea to the test in island and mainland rodents. "Some of the...

Exotic Materials Will Change Optics
2012-03-20 03:00:43

Duke University engineers believe that continued advances in creating ever-more exotic and sophisticated man-made materials will greatly improve their ability to control light at will. The burgeoning use of metamaterials in the field of optics does not rely on the limited set of materials found in nature, but rather man-made constructs that can be designed to control light's many properties. This control is gained by use of metamaterials, which are not so much single substances but entire...

Process Makes Polymers Truly Plastic
2012-03-16 03:21:58

Just as a chameleon changes its color to blend in with its environment, Duke University engineers have demonstrated for the first time that they can alter the texture of plastics on demand, for example, switching back and forth between a rough surface and a smooth one. By applying specific voltages, the team has also shown that it can achieve this control over large and curved surface areas. "By changing the voltage applied to the polymer, we can alter the surface from bumpy to smooth...

2012-03-14 21:33:22

A team of researchers from the University of Miami and Duke University find that voters prefer candidates with lower-pitch voices; the findings could have important implications for women who seek positions of leadership Convincing speeches are central to campaigning for elected office, but do our voices affect how we select our leaders? A newly-published paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences shows that men and women vote for male and female candidates with...

2012-03-14 21:00:48

One in four HIV patients was found to have been sexually abused as a child, according to a two-year Duke University study of more than 600 HIV patients. Traumatic childhood experiences were also linked to worse health outcomes among these patients, who are aged 20 to 71. More than half of these patients in the Coping with HIV/AIDS in the Southeast (CHASE) study had experienced sexual or physical abuse in their lifetimes, according to researchers from the Duke Center for Health Policy and...

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2012-03-13 08:54:20

Researchers at Duke University have determined the structure of a key molecule used to carry chemotherapy and other anti-viral drugs into cells. This discovery could help create drugs that work more effectively, without harming healthy cells or tissue. The researchers published the article with their findings on March 11, 2012 online in Nature. The senior author of these findings and assistant professor of biochemistry, Seok-Yong Lee, PhD said in the article “Knowing the structure...

2012-03-05 23:16:00

The increasing use of large breakwaters and other hard structures to reduce erosion in "living shorelines" along coastal estuaries may be no better for the environment than the ecologically harmful bulkheads they were designed to replace, according to a report this week by scientists at Duke and Western Carolina universities. Originally, living shorelines were designed to use natural methods such as replanted native marsh grasses and oyster reefs to stabilize and protect eroding...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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