• September 9, 2022
    When her high school classmates were in study hall, a teenaged Cynthia Rudin would sneak into the practice room and pound through the soap operatic flourishes of Rachmaninoff. Her favorite, though, was Ravel; she loved his and his French contemporaries’ impressionistic tides of heady emotion.
  • November 25, 2021
    When Faulkner Fox planned her inaugural political-theater workshop for fall 2020, she didn’t predict an imminent summer of activism.
  • November 25, 2021
    How much energy does a dolphin burn in a day? Not only what’s the caloric cost, but can a dolphin afford to forever be dodging boats? That’s so much effort. And how many burned calories keep a mammal warm in cold seawater? How much lost biomass—that’s sea life in this context— is too much before a dolphin can’t get enough to eat? How do you even measure that, anyway? You go where you know there are dolphins, and you ask them nicely.
  • The Peruvian Navy rushed sick Madre de Dios villages to regional hospitals at the request of Duke researchers
    November 24, 2021
    The flight from Lima to Cusco takes an hour and twenty minutes, and the road from Cusco into the highlands climbs to nearly 20,000 feet. From there it descends, unpaved and passing along cliffs and through cloud forest and eventually into jungle over the course of ten, twelve hours. At the bottom is a little town, and from there one travels by river, because there are no more roads.
  • November 24, 2021
    Bentley Choi is gearing up for a busy semester. It’s her second year at Duke, and, in classic Blue Devil fashion, she’s taking on a lot. She’s prepping for the LSAT. She’s an R.A. in Edens. She’s finalizing the proposal for a major of her own design. She’s realigning herself from biology and quantitative research to the more qualitative side of public health.
  • August 24, 2021
    I make my living with words, and that’s what rap is—words—but I can’t freestyle. I nerd out on the linguistic intricacies, the staggering poetry and ironclad rhetoric, the references-within-references-within-references of billy woods and Jean Grae and Quelle Chris and Open Mike Eagle; of Q-Tip and GZA and MF Doom and Andre 3000. But I can’t freestyle.
  • June 28, 2021
    The weather was easy—mid-seventies and pleasantly sunny—and the windows were down as the three friends departed West Campus in a cramped Uber backseat, headed for the Eno River.
  • March 19, 2021
    The algorithm had been designed to predict famine. If famines were spotted before they started, more aid could be routed to the affected country, more people could be saved. Or so the thinking went.
  • March 19, 2021
    ADAM STANALAND’s study was designed to threaten the masculinity of its participants. Predictably, some of them got angry. Of those, and even after a debriefing reiterating that there is no right or wrong way to be a man, a few issued threats or used violent language in their post-study comments. Yet some comments were poignant and sad.
  • March 19, 2021
    2024 was always going to be distinct for this class.
  • Rap Godz image
    December 9, 2020
    In the spring of 2020, JaBria Bishop built her first video game. It was a 2D side-scroller—think Super Mario Brothers—which she believes she called Lunar Dreamscape. In it, a little girl wakes up in a lost world. Bishop’s idea for this whimsical game was for the players, too, to feel lost, so she designed it accordingly. “I wanted the player to also feel how the little girl feels,” she says.
  • A Sengi peeks out from among the Djiboutian landscape
    December 8, 2020
    MAYBE THIRTY FEET from the campsite something rattled in a trap.
  • A damaged and abandoned sailboat near Beaufort
    July 22, 2020
    Memorial Day 2020 and Carteret County was as mobbed by tourists as Liz DeMattia has ever seen it.
  • Magnifying glass
    February 26, 2020
    A long, low creature, looking like a cross between a coyote and an otter, moved through something akin to a mangrove swamp. It had stumpy legs and a long skull full of sharp teeth. On land, it slunk between fruiting trees in whose branches lounged the earliest monkeys. Four-tusked and hippo-like elephants trundled nearby in this lush, tropical proto-Nile ecosystem. When this creature took to the river, it shared the water with early manatees.
  • February 26, 2020
    The first rule of magic is not to trust magicians, says Duke Sleight Club president Wesley Pritzlaff. The second is not to forget what your card is.
  • February 26, 2020
    PALE SMOKE seeps from holes in the roof of 1915 Yearby Avenue. Minuscule flames lick the eaves tentatively, cautiously, like swimmers dipping their toes in cold seawater. Firefighters from the Durham Fire Department stand by their trucks. They’re waiting for the fire to grow before they go in.
  • Pratt's Design Pod
    February 26, 2020
    A cold rain falls on Durham. Per the laws of physics, when the water hits the ground it runs downhill. It follows the path of least resistance, carrying with it the detritus of American consumer culture—Pepsi bottles, potato chip bags, six-pack rings, Miller Lite cans. It flows along roadsides and into storm drains. It emerges from culverts, where Lilliputian cascades feed ditches and gullies. It washes a cornucopia of garbage into Ellerbe Creek.


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