Dressed in a navy blue t-shirt and jeans with a brownish-blonde crew cut, Joshua Loyal appears to be a typical college junior. Yet as he chats about his freshman summer searching for elusive and undiscovered sub-atomic particles, it's clear that, at twenty-one, Loyal has moved beyond average.
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Almost every day since July 1960 someone has been watching the chimpanzees in what is now Gombe National Park in Tanzania, making careful notes of their every action from dawn to dusk.
(A longer version of this story originally appeared in DukeMedicine Magazine )
Nico Katsanis, PhD, says the new model of doing science should be to abandon the model.
“A lot of the problems we are now facing are experimentally intractable through a single approach,” he says. At the same time, research is becoming so specialized that the journals of one researcher’s discipline read almost like gibberish to a researcher in another field.
This story originally appeared in Gist From the Mill, the newsletter of the Social Science Research Institute.
Like most people, Landon Cox uses online social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Flickr. He has a Facebook account and he regularly posts pictures of his two young daughters on Flickr. In fact, he said, sites like these are central to his life: “It’s the main way I communicate with other people.”
Post-doctoral fellow Anna Loksztejn of the Center for Biologically Inspired Materials created this image of aggregated insulin proteins using atomic force microscopy. Colors are used to show details of structure, giving crucial information on how misfolded proteins can be stacked into fiber-like structures called amyloids.
Human memory – taking in information, storing it and retrieving it accurately – is key to a variety of crucial decisions made in medicine or law and physical movements like dance.
Cognitive scientist Ruth Day wants to understand it better.
"I see people who are doing well but not well enough," she says. "Maybe they prescribe or dispense the wrong drug. Maybe they can't remember what they've just seen."
Or maybe a dancer twirls to the left when all the other dancers are going right.
Each pixel of this image from a DNA microarray analysis chip represents the activity of a gene found in human tumor samples. Individual patients are represented in columns, and genes are in rows. The color of each pixel shows how active a particular gene is within the tumor, and analyzing a genome this way can help physicians determine which chemotherapy treatment will work best for a given patient.
A longer version of this story originally appeared in DukEnvironment magazine.
Clear plastic ducts twine through the tall, roofless, cubicles and black cables jut into the soil. An inelegantly perched propane tank provides fuel for humming heaters and radiators. The forest floor is crisscrossed by grids of string.