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Author: David Salisbury

Media advisory: Local students put their bridge-building skill to the test

Feb. 24, 2016—The American Society of Civil Engineers' Music City Bridge Building Competition is being held Saturday, Feb. 27 at Vanderbilt University's Laboratory for Systems Integrity and Reliability.

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Longest-lasting stellar eclipse discovered

Feb. 17, 2016—Astronomers have discovered an unnamed pair of stars that sets a new record for both the longest duration stellar eclipse (3.5 years) and longest period between eclipses (69 years) in a binary system.

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Gravity waves topic of Feb. 18 colloquium

Feb. 12, 2016—A team of Columbia University physicists who participated in the first detection of gravity waves will describe the monumental discovery in a free public lecture on campus Thursday, Feb. 18.

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Neanderthal DNA has subtle but significant impact on human traits

Feb. 11, 2016—The first study that directly compares Neanderthal DNA in the genomes of a significant population of adults of European ancestry with their clinical records confirms that this archaic genetic legacy has a subtle but significant impact on modern human biology.

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Cotton candy machines may hold key for making artificial organs

Feb. 8, 2016—Vanderbilt engineers have modified a cotton candy machine to create complex microfluidic networks that mimic the capillary system in living tissue and have demonstrated that these networks can keep cells alive and functioning in an artificial three-dimensional matrix.

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Resolving the food-energy-water trilemma

Jan. 25, 2016—A computer model has been developed that provides new insights into the food-energy-water nexus and can help resource managers around the world do a better job of weighing food and energy tradeoffs when water is scarce.

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Woodman receives Troland Research Award

Jan. 19, 2016—The National Academy of Sciences has announced that Geoffrey Woodman, associate professor of psychology at Vanderbilt University, will receive a 2016 Troland Research Award.

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Growth rings on rocks provide new insights into past climates

Jan. 15, 2016—Application of new micro-analytical techniques have transformed rocks and gravel buried in a special type of soil into a rich source of data about past climates that can help scientists understand how the climate will change in the future.

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Harnessing the power of computers to create a sustainable future

Jan. 8, 2016—Harnessing the power of computers to help create an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable future – that is the purpose of a major new grant issued by the National Science Foundation.

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Psychotherapies have long-term benefit for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome

Dec. 28, 2015—A new meta-analysis has found that the beneficial effects of using psychological therapy to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome are not only short term but are also long lasting.

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Chemist Jens Meiler receives Humboldt Foundation award

Dec. 15, 2015—Associate Professor of Chemistry Jens Meiler has received a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn, Germany.

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Anatomy of a microscopic wood chipper: New observations reveal how an individual cellulase enzyme operates

Dec. 10, 2015—Biomolecular engineers at Vanderbilt University have obtained the most detailed measurements ever made of the behavior of an individual cellulase enzyme as it decomposes cellulose, the most plentiful polymer on the planet. Improved understanding of how cellulases work could be the key to producing advanced biofuels that can replace gasoline for powering vehicles.

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