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2013-10-04 23:22:09

October 7, 2013 Ceremony to be Held at Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC (PRWEB) October 04, 2013 The Duke University Physician Assistant Program recently announced that Bill Vaassen, a Burke Primary Care of Morganton Physician’s Assistant, was selected to be a 2013 inductee into the Duke Physician Assistant Hall of Fame. The induction will take place during the PA Day ceremony held at the Duke University Physician Assistant Program on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. Vaassen is a...

2013-10-02 12:50:44

Streams below fracking wastewater treatment show elevated salts, metals, radioactivity Elevated levels of radioactivity, salts and metals have been found in river water and sediments at a site where treated water from oil and gas operations is discharged into a western Pennsylvania creek. "Radium levels were about 200 times greater in sediment samples collected where the Josephine Brine Treatment Facility discharges its treated wastewater into Blacklick Creek than in sediment samples...

Genes Underlying Song Selection May Have Been Lost In Transit
2013-09-26 12:08:45

Duke University As one species of European songbird island-hopped to colonize mid-Atlantic archipelagoes over the course of a half million years, their songs lost their sense of syntax. Chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs) on the furthest island of their dispersal, Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, still sing the same notes, but with a much less structured pattern from one bird to the next, sort of like an island of Charlie Parkers. "A chaffinch from mainland Europe always sounds like a...

Genomic Test Accurately Distinguishes Between Viral And Bacterial Infections
2013-09-19 09:19:39

Duke University Medical Center A blood test developed by researchers at Duke Medicine showed more than 90-percent accuracy in distinguishing between viral and bacterial infections when tested in people with respiratory illnesses. The test, which detects a specific genetic "signature" that the sick person's immune system expresses as a response to the virus, demonstrates a potential new method for diagnosing the source of illnesses that have long been tough to pinpoint. Reported in...

2013-09-18 12:29:57

LONDON, September 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With recent graduate unemployment in the US [1] last reported at 13.5% (8.6% for those with advanced degrees), transferable skills - and particularly communication skills - have become an increasingly important way for young people to differentiate themselves from the competition. The Briefing - a curated website for research and development news - is offering people under 30 an unusual opportunity to demonstrate their ability in two...

Bird Brain Map Gets Major Revisions
2013-09-18 08:24:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using state-of-the-art genetic and diagnostic tools, researchers from Duke University and the University of California, San Diego have re-contextualized the map of the avian brain, as described to two separate papers published in the Journal of Comparative Neurology. The researchers noted many similarities between the avian brain and mammalian brain – leading them to conclude that all vertebrates have more in common with respect to...

2013-09-12 11:47:19

Many climate studies have predicted that tree species will respond to global warming by migrating via seed dispersal to cooler climates. But a new study of 65 different species in 31 eastern states finds evidence of a different, unexpected response. Nearly 80 percent of the species aren’t yet shifting their geographic distributions to higher latitudes. Instead, they’re staying in place – but speeding up their life cycles. The Duke University-led study, published online Wednesday...

Surface Mining Environmental Cost
2013-09-12 10:02:17

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online To satiate the United States’ fierce appetite for coal, miners often utilize a tactic called surface mining, which involves stripping away rock and topsoil to access the fossil fuel below. According to a new report from researchers from Duke University just published in the journal PLOS ONE, coal retrieved from the Earth through surface mining comes at a significant cost to the ecosystem. Study researcher Brian D. Lutz, currently...

2013-09-04 07:55:12

Electronic devices with touchscreens are ubiquitous, and one key piece of technology makes them possible: transparent conductors. However, the cost and the physical limitations of the material these conductors are usually made of are hampering progress toward flexible touchscreen devices. Fortunately, a research collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania and Duke University has shown a new a way to design transparent conductors using metal nanowires that could enable less...