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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...
March 25, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University researchers have devised a method to dry and preserve proteins in a glassified form that seems to retain the molecules' properties as workhorses of biology. They are exploring whether their glassification technique could bring about protein-based drugs that are...