October 14, 2008
It's not often that a group of eight women college students visits rural farming areas of Ghana. A simple act by a village queen the students met soon after their arrival helped erase any potentially awkward situations. Her gesture not only put the visiting Americans more at ease, but also provided [...]
September 17, 2008
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have awarded $14.4 million to create the Center for Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) to explore the potential ecological hazards of nanoparticles. Nanoparticles are as much as a million times [...]
September 09, 2008
A team of materials scientists and toxicologists announced the formation of a new international research alliance to establish protocols for reproducible toxicological testing of nanomaterials in both cultured cells and animals. Pratt's Mark Wiesner, James L. Meriam Professor of Civil and [...]
July 31, 2008
As microbes in the soil break down fallen plant matter, a diet "balanced" in nutrients appears to help control soil fertility and the normal release of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
June 03, 2008
DURHAM, N.C. – A genetic tool used by medical researchers may also be used in a novel approach to remove harmful microbes and viruses from drinking water.In a series of proof-of-concept experiments, Duke University engineers demonstrated that short strands of genetic material could successfully [...]
April 11, 2008
From a public health standpoint, one of the major issues facing underdeveloped countries is the supply of safe and clean drinking water. Countries trying to solve this problem are often daunted by the high costs of traditional water purification systems. However, a team of current and former [...]
March 19, 2008
A new type of membrane based on tiny iron particles appears to address one of the major limitations exhibited by current power-generating fuel cell technology.
March 17, 2008
Ana P. Barros a professor of environmental engineering in the Pratt School of Engineering who studies the water cycle and how land, air and water interact.
January 22, 2008
Liza Crabtree, a Pratt Undergraduate Research Fellow and civil and environmental engineering major, is working to understand the flaws that can develop in so-called stimulus-responsive hydrogels. These ‘smart gels,’ which look essentially like Jello, can be made to undergo dramatic transformation [...]
November 21, 2007
Taken for granted by some, stolen by others, water is one of the world's most valuable commodities. In some places, a gallon of water is worth more than a gallon of petroleum, according to Miguel Medina, a specialist in hydrology and water resources at Duke's Department of Civil and Environmental [...]