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Vanderbilt astrophysicist makes ‘The Root’s’ 100 List of Black Influencers

Sep. 27, 2016—Vanderbilt astrophysicist Jedidah Isler has joined Beyoncé, LeBron James and Serena Williams as a member of The Root’s 100 List of Black Influencers.

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Study about how lying varies with age receives Ig Nobel Prize

Sep. 22, 2016—Professor of Psychology Gordon Logan is co-author of a paper on deception and lying that has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for psychology.

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Honeybee Algorithm receives Golden Goose Award

Sep. 14, 2016—A model of honeybee behavior developed by a VU alum, now adapted to control internet server traffic, won an award honoring obscure or odd-seeming research that led to an important advance.

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Cave study designed to solve puzzle of prehistoric megadroughts in the western U.S.

Aug. 26, 2016—Paleoclimatic cave study in California is designed to identify the factors that made megadroughts commonplace in the western U.S. from 5,000 to 8,000 years ago.

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Congressman Cooper honors Hamilton and Ramayya for superheavy element discovery

Aug. 13, 2016—U.S. Representative Jim Cooper honored nuclear physicists Joe Hamilton and A.V. Ramayya Aug. 12 for their role in the discovery of the new superheavy element 117 that has been provisionally named Tennessine.

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Total number of neurons—not enlarged prefrontal region—hallmark of human brain

Aug. 9, 2016—Research by Associate Professor of Psychology Suzana Herculano-Houzel finds that human intelligence comes from the number of neurons in our brains—and it was the invention of cooking that made neuron development possible.

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Using nanotechnology to give fuel cells more oomph

Aug. 8, 2016—Researchers from Vanderbilt University have developed porous polymer-fiber electrodes that may make fuel cells more powerful.

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Discovery of male-harming DNA mutation reinforces ‘mother’s curse’ hypothesis

Aug. 2, 2016—There is new evidence that the "mother’s curse" – the possibility that moms may transmit genes to their children that harm their sons but not their daughters – holds true in animals.

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Newly discovered fossils strengthen proposition that world’s first mass extinction engineered by early animals

Jul. 29, 2016—New fossil evidence strengthens the proposition that the world’s first mass extinction was caused by ‘ecosystem engineers’ – newly evolved organisms that radically altered the environment.

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Psychopathologist elected fellow of Association for Psychological Science

Jul. 26, 2016—Associate Professor of Psychology Bunmi Olatunji is one of 45 members elevated this year to the status of fellow by the Association for Psychological Science.

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Using virtual reality to help teenagers with autism learn how to drive

Jul. 21, 2016—A team of engineers and psychologists have developed a virtual reality driving simulator designed to help teenagers with autism spectrum disorder learn to drive, a key skill in allowing them to live independent and productive lives.

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Super-eruptions may give only a year’s warning before they blow

Jul. 20, 2016—A microscopic analysis of quartz crystals from an ancient California super-eruption indicates that the process of decompression preceding the eruption took place less than a year before.

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