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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...

2012-02-11 23:00:00

HensonFuerst Law Firm's case against Duke University over woman's treatment related to flawed cancer research trial and disgraced researcher Anil Potti is featured on CBS' "60 Minutes." Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) February 11, 2012 Attorney Thomas Henson, of HensonFuerst, P.A., law firm, Raleigh, NC, represents Walter Jacobs, featured in the CBS “60 Minutes” story, “Deception at Duke.” Henson, who appears in the story, is suing Duke University on behalf of Jacobs over the...

2012-02-07 20:59:16

The abundance of false information available on the Internet, in movies and on TV has created a big challenge for educators. Students sometimes arrive in classrooms filled with inaccurate knowledge they are confident is correct, indicating it is deeply entrenched in their memory. According to Duke University researchers, educators might be able to help students overcome their misconceptions by correcting inaccurate information then having the students practice retrieving it from memory....

Lizard Study Analyzes Importance Of The Founder Effect
2012-02-03 05:54:43

A team of American researchers have reportedly completed what they are calling the first experimental study of the phenomenon known as the founder effect -- the loss of genetic variation that occurs when a new population is established created using a small group from a larger existing population -- in a natural setting. The researchers, whose work was published online Friday in Science Express and is scheduled to appear in the print journal Science on February 17, "had an unprecedented...

2012-01-27 10:53:35

Hundreds of rare, endemic species in the Central Andes remain unprotected and are increasingly under threat from development and climate change, according to a Duke University-led international study. "These species require unique ecological conditions and are particularly vulnerable to changes in the environment or climate. Yet our analysis shows that region-wide, about 80 percent of the areas with high numbers of these species lack any protection," said Jennifer Swenson, assistant...


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  • A bookseller; now, especially, a dealer in rare and curious books.
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