Research News

May 10, 2007

Cutting Tropical Deforestation to Avert Global Warming Cheaply

Slowing tropical deforestation is an essential and cost-effective way to avert severe climate change, according to a new study published in the May 10 Science Express, an advanced online publication of the journal Science. An international team of 11 top forest and climate researchers, including [...]

May 09, 2007

Atmosphere-Sensing Helicopter Missions Bridge the Climate Forecasting Gap

The Duke University research helicopter bedecked with an atmosphere-sensing nose will participate in two missions this spring and summer designed to fill in the blanks in understanding of the dynamic lower atmosphere and its intimate connection to seasonal changes in land cover, according to [...]

April 06, 2007

Antioxidant Chemicals Could Alter Mercury’s Environmental Fate

Antioxidant chemicals, including one produced by aquatic life during times of stress, may have a hand in the fate of mercury in watersheds, potentially influencing the toxic metal's entry into the food chain, according to a report by a researcher at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering.

April 01, 2007

Nanomaterials' Fate: A Conversation with Mark Wiesner

Mark Wiesner, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering and an expert on the transport and fate of nanomaterials in the environment, was an invited speaker at BioVision 2007: The World Life Sciences Forum taking place in Lyon, France, from March 11-14.

February 01, 2007

Axelrod Explores Isolator Device that Protects against Earthquake Damage

Civil and environmental engineering major Nicole Axelrod's research as a Pratt Undergraduate Research Fellow could lead to improvements in the design of devices meant to limit damage to sensitive equipment during an earthquake.