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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...
July 12, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. – In the record books, the swiftest sprinters tend to be of West African ancestry and the faster swimmers tend to be white. A study of the winning times by elite athletes over the past 100 years reveals two distinct trends: not only are these athletes getting faster over time, but...
June 14, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. -- Humans did not invent the wheel. Nature did. While the evolution from the Neolithic solid stone wheel with a single hole for an axle to the sleek wheels of today’s racing bikes can be seen as the result of human ingenuity, it also represents how animals, including humans, have...
May 03, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. -- The Board of Trustees at Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, announced the appointment of Duke University mechanical engineering professor Tod Laursen as its new president on May 3, 2010. Laursen’s selection from more...
April 22, 2010
Pratt junior Jared Dunnmon realizes that in order to solve any large worldwide problem – in this case sustainable energy – more is needed than just the technical knowhow.That is why in addition to pursuing his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and materials science, he is also majoring...