From Karl Bates at Duke:
This post from Duke blogger Tom Burroughs bears repeating – how can we get faculty to share what they’re thinking in blogs? If they’re spending two hours a day on email (not unusual), what would an occasional blog posting add to that, really?
Double thanks to a couple of comrades.
The incomparable and insomniatic Bora recently interviewed Karl Bates from Duke about his nifty new Webzine.
Karl was kind enough to mention this blog.
There’s a really cool video on Bora’s site now of a giant windmill exploding.
Wanna see something really gross?
Well, let’s set up the clip first: Researchers in New Zealand, at Duke and at the University of North Carolina collaborated on a large study that found a link between smoking marijuana more than once a week for years and having gum disease. The article ran in JAMA last week, and the good folks at JAMA made a movie of some really bad-looking gums.
Interesting twist from newly-hired Duke biologist Katia Koelle, who’s really more like an epidemiologist:
If Thailand successfully reduced the infection rate of Dengue virus, how come more people were dying of the worst version of the infection?
The answer – after a lot of brutal number-crunching — lies in the way people develop immunity to the dengue virus. Basically, once you’ve had the fever, you’ve got about a year to run around unprotected in every mosquito-filled swamp you can find, trying to pick up the other three strains of the bug. If you don’t get your subsequent “challenges” quickly enough, the next time you get bitten, the virus uses your own antibodies to attack you. Charming things, viruses. Just charming.
Duke University today launched its new on-line research magazine, cleverly named Duke Research. It’s a monthly that is updated on the web, and via subscription email. Look for lots of cool multimedia, like movies, slideshows, and interactives that show researchers in their native habitats doing what they love. If you simply must participate, you can post discussions on stories, or ask a question of a Duke expert.
I mean, aside from monkeys teaching robots to walk, that’s pretty much the big news out of Duke today.