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Carbon Nanotube Harpoon Used to Catch Individual Brain-cell Signals
2013-06-20 11:33:48

Duke University Neuroscientists may soon be modern-day harpooners, snaring individual brain-cell signals instead of whales with tiny spears made of carbon nanotubes. The new brain cell spear is a millimeter long, only a few nanometers wide and harnesses the superior electromechanical properties of carbon nanotubes to capture electrical signals from individual neurons. "To our knowledge, this is the first time scientists have used carbon nanotubes to record signals from individual...

Eating And Exercise Habits Influenced By Mothers
2013-06-19 05:31:37

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Mothers who practice what they preach when it comes to being active and making healthy food choices are more likely to have children who exercise and eat well, according to research published online Tuesday by the International Journal of Obesity. In the study, Truls Østbye, a professor of community and family medicine at Duke University, and his colleagues report that their findings should serve as a reminder to both...

2013-06-12 23:18:50

Today DataChambers announces that it plans to expand into the Charlotte market with a new data center to be built on the research campus–providing businesses across the region with hosted and cloud-based infrastructure solutions, network management, data backup and business continuity solutions. Kannapolis, N.C. (PRWEB) June 12, 2013 DataChambers, a North State Communications company that specializes in information technology services, is joining the North Carolina Research...

Gamers Have Better Visual And Decision Making Skills
2013-06-12 09:34:54

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Just as exercise and lifting weights can be used to boost the body´s strength, playing video games can train the brain to make better and faster decisions based on visual input. Researchers from Duke University are making this claim after conducting a study on the way the brain handles visual responses and both remembers and responds to visual scenes. Gamers and non-gamers were pit against one another to complete this...

Bioengineered Blood Vessels Successfully Implanted In Patient
2013-06-07 04:50:47

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Surgeons at Duke University have announced the successful implantation of a bioengineered blood vessel in the United States. “This is a pioneering event in medicine,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Lawson, a vascular surgeon and vascular biologist at Duke Medicine who helped develop the technology. “It´s exciting to see something you´ve worked on for so long become a reality.” “We talk about...

Pollution Controls Increase Attendance On Beaches
2013-06-06 11:53:23

Duke University Southern California beaches with storm drain diversion systems attract millions more people annually, a new study in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin shows. The study looked at whether improving the environmental quality of coastal areas through policy intervention had an effect on the way people use coastal areas. Researchers found a direct correlation between increased attendance and the installation of storm drain diversions at 26 beaches in Santa Monica Bay and...

Promise In Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Shown With Genetic Editing
2013-06-05 08:48:09

Duke University Using a novel genetic 'editing' technique, Duke University biomedical engineers have been able to repair a defect responsible for one of the most common inherited disorders, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, in cell samples from Duchenne patients. Instead of the common gene therapy approach of adding new genetic material to "override" the faulty gene, the Duke scientists have developed a way to change the existing mutated gene responsible for the disorder into a normally...

2013-06-03 23:04:25

Duke University Commencement, Edenton NC 300th Celebration among groundbreaking photos hosted on gigapan.com. (PRWEB) June 03, 2013 Aqueti, a new company commercializing digital gigapixel photographic technology, today released a new set of interactive photographs for public access. The set includes the 2013 Duke University Commencement, including commencement speaker Melinda Gates, and the 300th Anniversary Celebration for the City of Edenton, North Carolina. The press and public are...

Having The Biggest Playlist Doesn't Make A Male Songbird The Brainiest Of The Bunch
2013-05-22 13:17:58

Duke University "For songbirds, singing a lot of songs indicates a bird is smart, but that signal is not necessarily indicative of intelligence for everything," said Duke biologist Steve Nowicki. In a series of problem-solving tests with the birds, he and his colleagues found that the male song sparrows that sang the most songs learned to solve food-finding puzzles more slowly than the birds singing fewer songs. The results are the first to show that a larger song repertoire links to...

New Method For Producing Clean Hydrogen Developed
2013-05-22 12:11:39

Duke University Duke University engineers have developed a novel method for producing clean hydrogen, which could prove essential to weaning society off of fossil fuels and their environmental implications. While hydrogen is ubiquitous in the environment, producing and collecting molecular hydrogen for transportation and industrial uses is expensive and complicated. Just as importantly, a byproduct of most current methods of producing hydrogen is carbon monoxide, which is toxic to...


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