Duke-developed “metamaterials” are carefully designed structures that control all sorts of physical waves in previously impossible ways. Our researchers are poised to make these devices a household name.
From the outside, nothing about Buchanan House advertises its importance. The two-story 1920s clapboard perches on the wooded edge of the George Mason University campus, barely inviting a passing glance. But inside, in a jumble of forgotten files, Duke historian Nancy MacLean found a fresh take on a critical American story: the rise of the “radical right.”
To get some overhead images while doing archaeology field work several years ago, Katherine McCusker rigged a camera to a weather balloon attached to a really long rope. She let the balloon drift upward, holding tight to the rope while hoping she had programmed the camera properly to snap some photos.