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November 16, 2017

World Toilet Day: Duke Engineers Tackle the Global Sanitation Crisis

Duke engineers are leading two projects backed by the Gates Foundation to bring sanitation to the developing world

October 07, 2011

Mine Detection Software Identifies Cancer Cells

Medical researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have demonstrated that software developed by a Duke University electrical engineer for finding and recognizing undersea mines can help doctors identify and classify cancer-related cells. As it turns out, the problem that physicians encounter in [...]

August 11, 2011

Effortless Sailing with Fluid Flow Cloak

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke engineers have already shown that they can “cloak” light and sound, making objects invisible -- now, they have demonstrated the theoretical ability to significantly increase the efficiency of ships by tricking the surrounding water into staying still. “Ships expend a great deal [...]

August 01, 2011

Manipulating Light at Will

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke electrical engineers have developed a man-made material that they say literally allows them to manipulate light at will. They say that the results of their latest proof-of-concept experiments could lead to the replacement of electrical components with those based on optical [...]

July 27, 2011

A Fractal Design Approach to Ease Verification

In 1994, a small glitch was uncovered in a floating point unit in the Pentium P5 microprocessor. Unfortunately, it wasn’t detected until after it had been installed in countless computers, which forced the company to take a $475 million charge to replace the faulty components. Somehow, the defect [...]

June 30, 2011

WiFi "Napping" Doubles Phone Battery Life

DURHAM, N.C. – A Duke University graduate student has found ways to double the battery life of mobile devices – such as smartphones or laptop computers – by making changes to WiFi technology. Wifi is a popular wireless technology that helps users download information from the Internet. Such [...]

June 30, 2011

Acoustical Cloaking Achieved

After already showing that simple man-made materials can be employed as invisibility cloaks or used to facilitate wireless power transmission, Duke University engineers have now demonstrated that these same materials can also make objects invisible to sound waves. The engineers designed, built and [...]

June 29, 2011

New Smartphone App Automatically Tags Photos

DURHAM, N.C. -- So much for tagging photographs with names, locations and activities yourself – a new cell phone application can take care of that for you. The system works by taking advantage of the multiple sensors on a mobile phone, as well as those of other mobile phones in the vicinity. Dubbed [...]

May 31, 2011

Lim Wins in Photonics Poster Session

Electrical and computer engineering doctoral student Sehoon Lim took third place in the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics' 9th Annual Meeting poster contest. Lim, who is working with Professor David Brady, won for his research on compressive holography. He aims to enable snap-shot holographic [...]

May 23, 2011

Novel Man-Made Material Could Facilitate Wireless Power

DURHAM, N.C. – Electrical engineers at Duke University have determined that unique man-made materials should theoretically make it possible to improve the power transfer to small devices, such as laptops or cell phones, or ultimately to larger ones, such as cars or elevators, without wires. This [...]

December 03, 2010

Chiu and Luo win John T. Chambers Scholarship

The Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics (FIP) announced the recipients of a new award titled the John T. Chambers Scholars for the 2010-2012 academic years. Made possible by the generous support of Chambers, the program provides current Duke graduate students in the FIP $40,000 each year towards [...]

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