The achievement gap between white children and those of color in our nation’s schools has profound repercussions for families and communities. But consider as well what it means to us collectively:
By Ken Kingery
A startup company based on technology invented at Duke University is working to make blood glucose measurement as easy as exhalation—and end the need to draw blood.
The idea is the brainchild of Ryan McCormick, a recent PhD graduate from Duke’s Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering (ECE), who spent the past five years working on the underlying technology as his thesis.
In the mid-2000s, Pinar Yoldas spent three years at UCLA pursuing an M.F.A. in design and media arts. While there, her typical trek to campus was an hour-long bike ride from East Hollywood to Westwood along Santa Monica Boulevard.
“Every time I did this, I was literally inhaling the smog,” says Yoldas, a Ph.D. candidate in art, art history, and visual studies at Duke. “I kept thinking about this and ways to protect myself, and being angry at car drivers.”
The family tree of birds has been redrawn.
An enormous international scientific effort that compared the whole genomes of 48 bird species has simultaneously published more than two dozen research papers in Science and several other journals.
The new phylogeny shows ostriches, pigeons and chickens close to the origin of modern birds.
There's a graveyard behind Duke University's free electron laser lab where physics experiments go to die.
Scraps of metal and cinderblocks litter the ground, which is overgrown by vines and patrolled by the occasional feral cat. Half a dozen stacked shipping containers line the space, filled with accelerator and detector equipment whose time has passed or was never realized.
But it's not all junk. A team of physicists is resurrecting something precious out there: several tons of surplus battleship steel.
This might be the last thing an ant or small spider would see on the loamy forest floor, but they probably wouldn't appreciate its iridescent beauty the way we do. Behold the business end of Cicindela sexguttata, the six-spotted tiger beetle, a half-inch-long predator found throughout most of the East and Midwest, except for Florida and North Dakota.