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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Roundtable Examines Issues Of the Week

Branford Marsalis, Arlie Petters, and Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abenyi join the State of Things for the roundtable conversation.
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Distinguished guest join our weekly roundtable

On this week’s roundtable, a jazz great, a leading string theory mathematician and an accomplished writer share their diverse perspectives on the latest headlines. They’ll discuss a range of issues from the latest Middle East update to the challenges facing minorities in higher education. 

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Science & Technology
5:01 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Studying Lemur Hibernation Could Explain The Benefits Of Sleep

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Researchers at Duke University say studying hibernation in a certain species of lemur is giving them a better understanding of how sleep might help people with serious injuries or diseases. 

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The State of Things
11:43 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Doris Duke's Shangri La Comes To Durham

The Nasher Museum brings Doris Duke's Islamic art collection in Hawaii to North Carolina.
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Experts discuss Doris Duke’s 'Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art'

Doris Duke, heiress to the American Tobacco Company fortune, built a sprawling estate in Hawaii in the 1930s. She named her secluded getaway Shangri La and she spent the rest of her life filling it with Islamic art. After her death, Shangri La was opened to the public.

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Health
2:27 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Study Finds Clergy Are More Depressed Than National Average

Duke released a new study that looks at the high depression rate in clergy members.
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A new study from Duke shows that clergy have a higher rate of anxiety and depression than the national average. The study, conducted by the Clergy Health Initiative at Duke Divinity School, surveyed all United Methodist Clergy in North Carolina and found that their depression rate was 8.7 percent, which is higher than the national average of 5.5 percent. Anxiety rates were 13.5 percent.

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Health
4:56 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Duke Study Examines Caloric Info In Fast Food Chains’ Online Menus

A new study looks at the availability of caloric information from fast food restaurants online.
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Many of the nation's largest restaurants chains are making calorie information available on menus online, according to new research out of Duke University. Part of the Affordable Care Act mandates the information be provided on all in-store menus for chains with more than 20 stores. Lead author of the study Gary Bennett is an associate professor psychology, neuroscience, and global Health at Duke, and he says there are huge variations on how caloric and other nutritional content is presented to consumers.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Hundreds Of Items From Duke-Semans Estate Up For Auction

A Steinway piano along with about 500 other items from Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans' estate will be up for auction this weekend.
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This weekend, bidders will have the opportunity to take home a piece of North Carolina history when hundreds of items from Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans' estate go up for auction.

Semans was a longtime Durham philanthropist and the great-granddaughter of Washington Duke, who helped to create Duke University and founded the American Tobacco Company. She passed away in early 2012, and left a lifetime's collection of art, jewelry, furniture and household items behind.

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Education
2:00 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Duke Study Finds Improving 'Guesstimating' Can Sharpen Math Skills

A new Duke University study could have implications in math education for young children.
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You may not have heard of it, but it's a skill you probably use everyday, like when choosing the shortest line at the grocery store or the toll booth with the fewest number of cars. Approximate number math, or 'guesstimating,' is the ability to instinctively estimate quantities without counting. Researchers at Duke University set out to discover whether practicing this ability would improve symbolic math skills, like addition and subtraction.

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Business & Economy
2:00 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Study Reveals Poor Conditions For Female Migrant Domestic Workers

Female migrant domestic workers often face less than ideal conditions at their new homes.
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It's not uncommon for women from developing countries to migrate to richer nations looking for jobs and better living conditions. They often find jobs as domestic workers, but all too often, these women experience abuse, illness, mental health problems and limited access to medical care once they arrive at their new homes.

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Health
12:23 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Duke Study Finds Way To Block Painful Sunburns

Some sun is good - giving the body a daily dose of vitamin D. But if you get too much, the rays can harm the DNA in skin cells and increase your chances of getting cancer.
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New research out of Duke University could put an end to painful sunburns. Scientists have discovered a way to block TRP-V-4, a skin molecule responsible for the redness and pain following prolonged sun exposure.

"Like reddening, formation of soreness and blisters... influx of blood, inflammatory cells, of cells that make itch," said Wolfgang Liedtke, a neurobiology professor at Duke. "That is the tissue injury response down to the level of non-visible."

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Health
5:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

UNC And Duke Receive $3.6 Million For Breast Cancer Research

The pink ribbon is a symbol for breast cancer awareness.
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UNC- Chapel Hill and Duke researchers will share national grant money to further breast cancer studies. Ten programs at the schools will get $3.6 million from the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The research will investigate causes and develop vaccines.

Pam Kohl, the director of Komen's Triangle to the Coast affiliate, says this funding can be as important to scientists as it is to patients. Kohl points to Komen Scholar Kimberly Blackwell of Duke as one of those who benefited.

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