Spotlight | Duke Kunshan University


David Grinspoon, NASA adviser and senior scientist at the U.S. Planetary Science Institute, says the Chang’e 4 mission, which saw cotton seeds germinated on the far side of the moon, has taken humans a step closer to being able to survive on other planets. In a talk organized by Duke Kunshan's Planetary Ethics and Artificial Intelligence Lab, he also discussed the ethics of planetary exploration and how it could help protect Earth.

Despite good intentions, people often fail to act in their best interests, according to the internationally renowned behavioral scientist and best-selling author. He shared some ideas on how individuals can make their lives healthier and more productive in a talk on “Using Social Science to Design a Better World" at Duke Kunshan University.

Temptation. It’s everywhere, and it’s only going to get stronger. So how do we fight it, as individuals and as a society, to make our lives healthier or more productive?

That question was at the heart of internationally renowned behavioral scientist and best-selling author Dan Ariely’s engaging talk at Duke Kunshan University, which he delivered to a packed auditorium on Jan. 21.

A higher exposure to greenery might prolong the life of the elderly, according to a study led by scientists from Duke Kunshan University and Duke University.

The findings, published in the January issue of The Lancet Planetary Health, provide evidence to urban planners and health policymakers of the role of greenery in prolonging life, as China undergoes urbanization...

By Karen Kemp, Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University

A new study from Duke University and Fudan University in China is the first to estimate how much Chinese residential electricity consumption would increase due to climate change. It’s a lot.  

By the end of the 21st century, each degree Celsius increase in global mean surface temperature (GMST) would raise average Chinese residential electricity use by about 9 percent.  

Peak electricity use will rise 36...

By Lei Qi and Keith Lawrence

Like many of his classmates at Duke Kunshan University, first-year student Alberto Najarro struggles learning the Chinese language. After spending an average of two hours each day on his studies, he can now write short essays in Chinese.

But these challenges pale in comparison to what Najarro experienced growing up in El Salvador, one of the most dangerous countries in Central America.