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March 07, 2011
DURHAM, N.C.—A Duke University team has seen for the first time how soft polymers, such as wire insulation, can break down under exposure to electrical current.Researchers have known for decades that polymers, such those insulating wires, may break down due to deformation of the polymers. But the...
February 22, 2011
Duke University may seem like the Ivory Tower to some, but it is located in the real-world city of Durham, North Carolina. While many Duke students are doing their part to make the city a better place, two Pratt School of Engineering students have been recognized for their singular efforts in...
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.