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March 30, 2020

Data at a Distance

Like a lot of other folks, stay-at-home scientists find themselves working in the company of pets and children

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March 26, 2020

Remote Doctoral Defenses Bring Surprising Benefits

Duke Engineering PhD candidates experience the bright side of having to shift to online dissertation defenses

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March 24, 2020

Engineering Classes Move Online

Duke Engineering faculty members are quickly innovating new ways of delivering their coursework online

A satellite view of a hurricane

March 13, 2020

Barros Provides Scientific Expertise for New N.C. Climate Change Assessment

The North Carolina Climate Science Report benefits from the scientific expertise of two Duke University faculty members

Nina Sherwood and Emma Zhang at microscope

March 10, 2020

A Day of STEM for Girls

FEMMES capstone event offers hands-on activities—from practicing lifesaving techniques to learning how the human brain works

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February 10, 2020

What's in North Carolina's Drinking Water?

Faculty report on potential contaminants in the state's drinking water—and how they are helping us get a handle on the problem

Claudia Gunsch's group

January 31, 2020

Engineering Microbial Communities

Claudia Gunsch, the Theodore Kennedy distinguished associate professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering, is addressing pollution with the power of microbial communities, which have the power to degrade environmental contaminants. But to engineer microbial communities, she [...]

A freeze frame of molten rock oozing between two discs of rock being squeezed and rotated against one another

January 17, 2020

‘Melting Rock’ Models Predict Mechanical Origins of Earthquakes

New model accurately predicts why and how friction drops as rocks slide past one another with greater speed and undergo a phase change

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December 23, 2019

Portraits of Particulate Matter

Images taken at Duke’s Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility may shed light for improved solar panel efficiency

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December 16, 2019

Understanding How Energy Travels Through Turbulence

Theoretical and computational study shows that "eddies" squeezing themselves are mostly responsible for transferring energy to smaller scales in turbulent flows

A riverbank cleared of vegetation with simple machines and piles of soil

December 12, 2019

Deforestation, Erosion Exacerbate Mercury Spikes Near Peruvian Gold Mining

Modeling mercury release from soil erosion could help mine-heavy, deforested regions create helpful policies

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