December 12, 2008
When a snake is cut in half, it dies. This illustrates how electrical devices can respond to damage. Since they are at their core closed circuits, devices will fail whenever the circuit is interrupted. However, if these devices could be more like earthworms, intriguing new possibilities arise. [...]
December 10, 2008
Lawrence Carin's graduate training was in electromagnetics and wave analysis-- a fitting choice for someone who remembers trying to assemble and plug in electronic contraptions as a five year old and who grew up tinkering with radios and motors. Overall, his life was fairly standard preparation for [...]
November 17, 2008
Visiting The Home Depot Smart Home at Duke University is truly enlightening. Recently, MEM administrators had the opportunity to tour the house with Jim Gaston, Duke Smart Home Program Director. Designed and managed by the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke's Smart Home was completed in 2007 and [...]
November 14, 2008
In room 116, sophomores with Wii remotes strapped to their heads are jumping off chairs, being pushed in chairs or just plain walking past chairs and lab benches. In this BME110 Introduction to Biomechanics course, students are using the accelerometers in the remotes to measure the movements of [...]
November 10, 2008
Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering challenges college students in the U.S. to create a video and an essay in response to this question: Which of the 14 grand challenges identified by the National Academy of Engineering would you choose to address, and how would you do it?
October 28, 2008
Three weeks spent traveling the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean may sound like a vacation, but for Douglas Nowacek, it's part of the job. Nowacek, a new marine biologist at Duke, spends about two months out of the year on such research cruises. Still, he claims that his work isn't necessarily [...]
October 23, 2008
The Duke Smart Home Program, a high-tech, 10-student residence for green living and learning, has been selected as the Green Nonprofit Program of the Year by the Triangle Business Journal.
October 15, 2008
Adrienne Stiff-Roberts says she didn't do so well as an undergraduate physics student tackling quantum mechanics. "It's one of those topics where, the first time you see it, it's really mind blowing," she says. And yet, today her entire research program is focused on putting the wonders of quantum [...]
October 15, 2008
In 1967, Russian scientist Victor Veselago published theoretical research on a bizarre type of material that, while possible according to the known laws of physics, didn't exist anywhere on the planet as far as anyone could tell. Veselago was describing materials with a negative refraction, which [...]
October 14, 2008
Reynolds's research focuses on creating innovative connections between the digital and the physical worlds, with a special focus on giving digital "vision" to robots and other devices.