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Environment
5:45 am
Mon May 16, 2011

Source of Salinity in OBX Wells

A new study from Duke University explains the source of salinity in well water on the Outer Banks. Professor Avner Vengosh directed the study. He says salinity levels are rising in wells on the Outer Banks. 

Avner Vengosh: "But our study shows the salinity is not derived from sea water intrusion as some had feared before, but its rather from flow of natural occurring ground water originated from fossil sea water."

Environment
8:50 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Duke Finds Gold Rush Deforestation in Amazon

The Amazon Rain Forest is being threatened by a gold rush. A new study from Duke University shows that surface mining is eating up large chunks of the forest in Peru. Jennifer Swenson is an assistant professor who worked on the project. She says satellite photos help assess how much land is being affected.

Jennifer Swenson: "I looked at two main mining sites that are new and over two years 1800 hectares of primary forest was removed. Think of that in terms of football fields, its actually 4 and a half football fields a day."

Education
6:00 am
Tue April 5, 2011

Raises Coming For Duke Faculty

President Richard Brodhead says Duke University will end its salary freeze. In 2009, the school froze wages and made cuts to deal with a shrinking endowment.

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Science & Technology
8:35 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Jane Goodall Research on Chimps Archived at Duke

Research on chimpanzees started by Jane Goodall fifty years ago is now being digitally archived at Duke University. The collection includes Goodall's original hand written notes, maps, videos and thousands of photographs. Goodall began studying chimpanzees at Gombe National Park in Tanzania in 1960. She visited Duke yesterday to meet with members of the archiving team:

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Health
3:10 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

Duke Study Finds Orphans at Risk

A study conducted by Duke University researchers finds orphans around the world at great risk of experiencing traumatic events, and for those events to lead to later health and mental health issues. It shows 98% of those children have experienced trauma beyond the loss of their parent. The traumas include things like physical or sexual abuse and witnessing violence or death. It also finds young boys just as vulnerable as young girls.

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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Testosterone Affects Economic Decisions

Researchers at Duke University say testosterone affects people’s willingness to take economic risks. Associate professor of psychology and neuroscience Scott Huettel says men and women with high or low levels of testosterone are more likely to take risks in economic situations:

"Testosterone is important, but it’s equally important for men and women it turns out. Your level of testosterone matters quite a lot to how risk-seeking you are, but it matters in much the same for women as it does for men."

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Education
2:10 pm
Mon March 7, 2011

Duke Receives $80 Million Gift

Duke University announced today the largest gift in the school’s history. The Duke Endowment of Charlotte gave the University $80 million dollars.

The money will go to renovating West Union and the Page Auditorium on West Campus. West was the student union before the Bryan Center opened in 1982. The renovated building will be used for student social space and dining.

Page Auditorium will also undergo an extensive renovation as will Baldwin Auditorium on East Campus. Both spaces will be modernized and updated to hold concerts and speeches.

Sports
4:00 am
Fri March 4, 2011

Science Shows Hierarchy in College Basketball

Credit goduke.com

College basketball's March Madness is about to engulf fans across the country. At Duke University, an engineering professor says the usual suspects will dominate the NCAA Tournament. And Adrian Bejan says that can be explained by his theory of Constructal Law. He says great basketball players tend to wind up at the same colleges and universities in the same way water flows to a single point through many small streams that join bigger and fewer river channels.

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Sports
4:30 am
Wed February 9, 2011

Duke-UNC Basketball Tonight

One of the biggest rivalries in college basketball heats up as UNC visits Duke tonight in Durham. It’s the first match-up for the two teams this season and both of them are coming off blowout wins. The Tar Heels are playing perhaps their strongest basketball of the season, a trend that hasn’t gone unnoticed by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski:

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Education
5:00 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Duke Receives Grant for History of Economics

Duke University is expanding its offerings in the history of economics. The university received a grant for a fellowship and visiting scholars program, and a summer teaching institute. Bruce Caldwell is an economics researcher and founder-director of Duke's Center for the History of Political Economy. He says this field is rarely studied anymore.

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