Research News

December 14, 2010
DURHAM, N.C.--Engineers at Duke and Harvard universities have developed an implantable sponge that can squeeze out drugs, cells, or other agents in response to a magnetic field.The researchers say this new material, called a macroporous ferrogel, can be compressed as much as 70 percent by an...
November 17, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. – The ability to tell the difference between crystals that formed naturally and those formed by human activity can be important to archaeologists in the field.  This can be a crucial bit of information in determining the ancient activities that took place at a site, yet...
October 21, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. -- Being the right size and existing in the limbo between a solid and a liquid state appear to be the secrets to improving the efficiency of chemical catalysts that can create better nanoparticles or more efficient energy sources.
August 24, 2010
Just as cilia lining the lungs help keep passages clear by moving particles along the tips of the tiny hair-structures, man-made miniscule bristles known as nano-brushes can help reduce friction along surfaces at the molecular level, among other things. 
August 19, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. – The same process that crumbles kidney stones and pits ship propeller blades may hold the key to successfully injecting drugs directly into individual cells without harming them.A new technique that harnesses the power of mighty microscopic bubbles, developed by Duke University...
August 17, 2010
Having a father as a welder and farmer as well as several uncles in construction as superintendents, contractors, brick masons and carpenters, math and science were made practical to Howard Conyers. Even as a small child who didn’t know what an engineer was, he experienced both fields with his...