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The current global extinction rate is 1,000 times higher than it was before humans came along, according to a study conducted by researchers from Brown University, Duke University, Microsoft Research and the University of Georgia, and published in the journal Conservation Biology . "We've known for 20 years that current rates of species extinctions are exceptionally high," senior author Stuart Pimm said.
9 hrs ago | BBC News
At the turn of the 20th Century, life was incredibly difficult for the African-American community in the southern states of the US. But one self-taught photographer used his camera to challenge racial barriers and capture the diversity of the American South.
17 hrs ago | The Jersey Journal
The Department of Veterans Affairs needs "tens of thousands" more personnel working in VA hospitals and clinics to meet patient demand, the new VA Secretary, Robert "Bob" McDonald, told lawmakers Tuesday at a hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. The size of the staff shortage, McDonald said, explains why VA has launched "a big recruiting effort" which he kicked off recently with visits to Duke University and University of Pennsylvania medical schools to tell students there why "VA is where they want to work."
"Real people are reading your application, and we want to do our best to understand and appreciate the real people applying to Duke," reads a new voluntary question added to the prestigious university's admissions application, reports GLAAD . The question asks aspiring attendees to share, if they wish, "a perspective you bring or experiences you've had to help us understand you better -- perhaps related to a community you belong to, your sexual orientation or gender identity, or your family or cultural background."
"About 54 percent of Americans have held a blue-collar job for a substantial portion of their adulthood, Duke University political scientist Nicholas Carnes has found. The portion of those serving in Congress who come from a blue-collar background is less than 2 percent.
U.S. religious congregations' openness to gays and lesbians as members and leaders has increased substantially in recent years, according to a new Duke University study. The latest set of data in Duke's ongoing National Congregations Study showed a notable increase from 2006 to 2012, the university announced Thursday - essentially confirming a trend observed in news reports.
Aaron Franklin has joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering, with a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry. Leaving IBM's research enterprise for a professorship, Franklin will continue his research into semiconducting nanomaterials and printed electronics.
During the hotel's employee lunch on Friday, August 22nd, staff members ventured out to the pool and doused themselves in icy water to raise awareness and money for ALS. Other staff members, including several new hires, guests, and a representative from the local ALS Association were on hand to watch the hotel staff get drenched.
The wreck happened at about 8 a.m. near the intersection of East Lavender Avenue and Roxboro Street. The driver of the pickup truck was also taken to the hospital.
Andrea Padilla of Raleigh chants along with other protesters in front of the Old Wake County Courthouse along Fayetteville Street on May 1. Padilla, who has worked in the service industry, came together with about 75 other protesters to protest the minimum wage, workers' rights and fair access to education on May Day, which is an international day to recognize worker's rights and in most countries considered a holiday. Chief financial officers in the United States say a minimum wage increase to between $10 and $15 per hour would cause immediate harm to the economy.
NC Pride Fest and Parade will be held on Sept. 27 at Duke University's East Campus, off W. Main St., from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This marks the 30th time the event has been held.
Veritas Collaborative, a specialty hospital for adolescents with eating disorders, hosts its third annual Symposium on Eating Disorders on Friday, September 19 at the Hilton Durham near Duke University. The Symposium aims not only to celebrate Veritas commitment to providing specialized eating disorder treatment for patients and families, but also to give the community an opportunity to learn from experts in the field.
Houses of worship look a lot like the world around them with evangelical-style worship on the increase, along with a slowly growing acceptance of gays and more diverse congregations, a new survey shows. "Congregations are embedded in our culture and our society, and they are reflecting both the trends, but also the divisions and the conflicts," Mark Chaves, the director of the study and a professor of sociology, religion and divinity at Duke University, told The New York Times.
As they explain it, cells produce more than 25,000 different proteins with specific 3-D shapes, but when stressed, they can make mistakes and produce misshapen proteins that are unfolded or misfolded. Duke University researchers found, however, that cells are able to recognize this build-up of misshapen proteins and respond by temporarily slowing down production or shutting it off entirely.
When a stressed cell recognizes the buildup of misfolded proteins, it responds by reshuffling its workload, much like a stressed out employee might temporarily move papers from an overflowing inbox into a junk drawer. The study could lend insight into misfolded protein diseases such as Alzheimer's, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's, and type 2 diabetes.
Physicists use complex mathematics to calculate a projectile's trajectory --lots of sines, cosines, and the like. But sometimes you just get lucky, as you can see in this fun new video showing the YouTube trick-shot artists known as the Legendary Shots, who reload their homemade wooden catapult to sink a few amazing baskets.
Updated: Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:19 pm
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