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Lemur Babies Born To Older Mothers Less Likely To Get Hurt
2013-12-19 07:21:33

Duke University Finding emerges from Lemur Center's 35 years of detailed records A long-term study of aggression in lemurs finds that infants born to older mothers are less likely to get hurt than those born to younger mothers. The researchers base their findings on an analysis of detailed medical records for more than 240 ring-tailed lemurs -- cat-sized primates with long black-and-white banded tails -- that were monitored daily from infancy to adulthood over a 35-year period at the...

2013-12-16 10:15:48

Intermittent vision of the action can improve brain's visual perception Professional hockey players who trained with special eyewear that only allowed them to see action intermittently showed significant improvement in practice drills, according to a Duke University study with the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes. The eyewear features lenses that switch between transparent and opaque, producing stroboscopic visual conditions, much like a strobe light in your favorite dance club. Earlier...

Smartphone App Shows TSA Screeners Often Miss The Rare Items
2013-12-05 06:48:33

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online I can’t think of a single time during all of my travels where I’ve seen the TSA screener, firmly planted on their stool and staring at the most boring television broadcast ever, and thought, “That looks like fun.” But apparently I am alone in this. A smartphone app, developed by Kedlin Co., allows casual gamers to pretend they are baggage screeners and the game is more popular than you may think. Using this app, a group of...

Copper Nanowires Offer Efficient, Inexpensive Approach To Solar Energy Harvesting
2013-11-22 11:06:49

Duke University Copper adorns the Statue of Liberty, makes sturdy, affordable wiring, and helps our bodies absorb iron. Now, researchers at Duke University would like to use copper to transform sunlight and water into a chemical fuel. Converting solar energy into storable fuel remains one of the greatest challenges of modern chemistry. One of the ways chemists have tried to capture the power of the sun is through water splitting, in which the atoms of H2O are broken apart so the...

2013-11-21 23:24:15

Timmons Group announced today that Joe Hines, PE, MBA, Principal in Charge of the firm’s Economic Development Practice and a 2003 graduate of the Duke Fuqua School of Business, has been appointed to the Business School’s Alumni Council for a three-year term beginning October 2013 (2013-2016). Richmond, VA (PRWEB) November 21, 2013 Timmons Group, an ENR 500 Design Firm and a leader in economic development, multi-discipline civil engineering, environmental, and geospatial solutions,...

Wireless Device Turns 'Lost' Energy Into Electric Power
2013-11-07 14:28:49

Duke University Metamaterial cells designed by Duke engineers provide electric power as efficiently as solar panels Using inexpensive materials configured and tuned to capture microwave signals, researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering have designed a power-harvesting device with efficiency similar to that of modern solar panels. The device wirelessly converts the microwave signal to direct current voltage capable of recharging a cell phone battery or other...

Protein From Breast Milk May Be Key To Protecting Babies From HIV Infection
2013-10-22 11:15:23

Duke University Medical Center A substance in breast milk that neutralizes HIV and may protect babies from acquiring HIV from their infected mothers has been identified for the first time by researchers at Duke Medicine. The protein, called Tenascin-C or TNC, had previously been recognized as playing a role in wound healing, but had not been known to have antimicrobial properties. The discovery could lead to potential new HIV-prevention strategies. Reporting in the journal...

Scientists Begin Major Project To Study Ocean Circulation
2013-10-18 16:27:27

National Science Foundation In an effort to study the circulation of ocean waters, a key component of the global climate system, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $16 million in grants over the next five years to oceanographers at Duke University, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the University of Miami. The scientists will deploy a new observing system in the sub-polar region of the North Atlantic Ocean. The five-year effort is part of the U.S.-led...

2013-10-18 13:03:39

Chaos-on-a-chip model shows crash can be avoided if caught in time It's an idea financial regulators have dreamed of. Experiments on a simple model of chaos have found that it may be possible not only to predict an extreme event, like a stock market collapse, but to intervene and prevent it from happening. In a paper appearing October 21 in the journal Physical Review Letters, an international team of chaos researchers say that these extreme events, which they call "dragon kings," are...

2013-10-05 23:03:59

Chris Duke, a 1987 graduate of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business MBA program, delivered welcome gifts for the new Alumni Council members at his alma mater. Duke uses his culinary skills and business acumen to bake cookies and run Anna’s Gourmet Goodies with his wife Debbie. Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) October 05, 2013 When the new Alumni Council members at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business arrived in Durham this week, they were greeted with a gift box of cookies from...