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Author: David Salisbury

High school students turn blackberries into solar cells

Mar. 21, 2012—VINSE is starting new high school field trip program where they will have students create a solar cell out of blackberries and raspberries.

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Barrier to faster graphene devices identified and suppressed

Mar. 13, 2012—Vanderbilt physicists report that they have nailed down the source of the interference inhibiting the rapid flow of electrons through graphene-based devices and found a way to suppress it.

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Calling all would-be documentarians

Mar. 7, 2012—  Calling all would-be Ken Burns and Michael Moores on campus: The Task Force on American Innovation (TFAI) is challenging students to create three-minute videos that celebrate American innovation. The basic instructions from TFAI are: “The video should illustrate how scientific discoveries resulting from federally funded research in the physical sciences have changed our lives....

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Ultrafast sonograms shed new light on rapid phase transitions

Mar. 7, 2012—A method for taking ultrafast "sonograms" of materials undergoing phase transitions sheds new light on the dynamics of this important phenomenon in the world’s fastest phase-change material.

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Science Nation: New mosquito repellant could be frightening…for mosquitoes

Mar. 6, 2012—http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/science_nation/nosingoutmosquitoes.jsp

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App turns tablet into math aid for visually impaired students

Mar. 5, 2012—A mechanical engineering graduate student has created an app that turns Android tablets into an educational aid for teaching mathematics to visually impaired students.

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Vanderbilt physicist wins Sloan research fellowship

Feb. 28, 2012—Physicist Kirill Bolotin is one of 126 researchers who received Sloan Foundation research fellowships this year.

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Vanderbilt biologist recognized by entomology society

Feb. 27, 2012—Julian Hillyer is the 2012 recipient of one of the Entomological Society of America’s annual recognition award.

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Adding to the periodic table

Feb. 7, 2012—The year has gotten off to a good start for modern-day alchemists like Vanderbilt physicists Joe Hamilton and A.V. Ramayya who are engaged in the extremely challenging scientific endeavor of extending the periodic table by creating new elements. In November, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) officially added three new superheavy elements...

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Beautiful Minds

Feb. 1, 2012—Sohee Park’s research explores the impaired and enhanced abilities of the schizophrenic brain The “rubber hand illusion” is not a new scientific method, but Sohee Park has used it to make some groundbreaking discoveries about schizophrenia. RHI, which was discovered in 1998, is a laboratory exercise in which the subject’s hand, which is hidden from...

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Discovery of the smallest exoplanets: The Barnard’s star connection

Jan. 11, 2012—The smallest exoplanets yet discovered orbit a dwarf star almost identical to Barnard’s star, one of the Sun’s nearest neighbors. The similarity helped the astronomers calculate the size of the distant planets.

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“Extractionator” could bring high-tech medical diagnostics to rural areas

Dec. 16, 2011—The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given them $1 million to three Vanderbilt scientists to develop a point-of-care sample collection and preparation product that could bring advanced medical diagnostic testing to the third world.

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