From the beginning, graduate students of the Triangle Universities Nuclear Lab have been a resourceful lot. TUNL students have a tradition of developing new measurement techniques, designing and building equipment , and troubleshooting problems under research conditions. They’ve needed to hone their data analysis skills to find the important signals in a large background of data. After four or five years of this, graduates are prepared to work not only in universities, but in a wide variety of sectors, including government, government labs, industry, and medicine.
The identity of this region of North Carolina as a “Research Triangle” was still more of a concept than a reality in 1965 when the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission gave the three universities $2.5 million to build a cutting-edge laboratory to explore the Nuclear Age.
Borrowing some of its identity from the newly minted Research Triangle Park just a few miles away on Highway 54, the launch of the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory was front page news throughout the region.
A colorful matrix produced by the Duke Center for In Vivo Microscopy, demonstrates the connectivity among different regions of the mouse brain. A logarithmic color scale shows blue pixels where connectivity between 148 anatomic regions of the mouse brain are relatively low and red shows where connectivity is relatively high. Center director G.
Zackary Johnson, Arthur P. Kaupe Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology in Marine Science at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has received a three-year grant for up to $5.2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to establish a consortium to study the extraction, development and commoditization of various products from algae.
The Marine Algae Industrialization Consortium – or MAGIC, for short – will include both university and corporate partners.
Wireless recharging using magnetic fields sounds like a great advance, but it could present problems for some technologies. The David R. Smith research group in Duke Engineering has developed a thin sheet of metamaterial in which repeating patterns of conductive material would shield electronics from a charger's magnetic field while letting certain frequencies through. Such a shield might also be used as a reflector to focus wireless charging and make it more efficient.
Scanning sonar from a scientific expedition has revealed the remains of a previously unknown shipwreck more than a mile deep off the North Carolina coast. Artifacts on the wreck indicate it might date to the American Revolution.
Marine scientists from Duke, North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon discovered the wreck on July 12 during a research expedition aboard the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) research ship Atlantis.
Duke University researchers and colleagues from the University of California, Berkeley have secured more than $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation to help materials scientists around the world solve a high school math problem in linear algebra.
The brain hidden inside the oldest known Old World monkey skull has been visualized for the first time. The ancient monkey, known as Victoriapithecus, first made headlines in 1997 when its 15 million-year-old skull was discovered on an island in Kenya’s Lake Victoria. Now, thanks to X-ray imaging, researchers have peered inside its cranial cavity and created a three-dimensional computer model of what the animal’s brain looked like.
This composite image from the lab of Scott Soderling in Cell Biology shows both the behavior and structure of a protein called WRP that occurs almost exclusively in neurons. Tagged green, the protein homes in on slender, red-labeled dendrites on the receiving end of a neuron. A computer-rendered model at the center of the image shows the structure of the portion of WRP that binds to the surface of the dendrite.
For the past 17 years, neurosurgeons have implanted electrodes into the brains of persons with Parkinson’s disease to deliver a constant barrage of electric impulses. For many patients, the treatment known as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) immediately relieves the motor impairment caused by the disease.
Unfortunately, nobody really knows why.