Jumping droplets take a lot of heat

Microscopic water droplets jumping from one surface to another may hold the key to a wide array of more energy efficient products, ranging from large solar panels to compact laptop computers.
Duke University engineers have developed…

Creasing to cratering: Voltage breaks down plastic

DURHAM, N.C. — A Duke University team has seen for the first time how soft polymers, such as wire insulation, can break down under exposure to electrical current.
Researchers have known for decades that polymers, such those insulating wires, m…

New method for rapidly producing protein-polymers

DURHAM, NC — Duke University bioengineers have developed a new method for rapidly producing an almost unlimited variety of man-made DNA sequences.
These novel sequences of recombinant DNA are used to produce repetitive proteins to create new…

Detecting esophageal cancer with light

DURHAM, N.C. — A tiny light source and sensors at the end of an endoscope may provide a more accurate way to identify pre-cancerous cells in the lining of the esophagus.
Developed by biomedical engineers at Duke University and successfully t…

Duke scientists look deeper for coal ash hazards

DURHAM, N.C. — As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency weighs whether to define coal ash as hazardous waste, a Duke University study identifies new monitoring protocols and insights that can help investigators more accurately measure and predi…