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Author: David Salisbury

These days, fecal transplantation is no joke

Jul. 12, 2016—Fecal transplants are increasingly being used to treat certain human illnesses and more scientists have begun to research the transplants' effects in animals.

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When mitochondrial genes act up

Jul. 12, 2016—A team of Vanderbilt scientists have identified some of the methods that mutant mitochondrial DNA use to circumvent the molecular mechanisms that cells use to regulate mitochondrial activity.

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Astrophysicist explains meaning of the discovery of gravitational waves

Jun. 17, 2016—Vanderbilt Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Kelly Holley-Bockelmann explains the meaning of the first discovery of gravitational waves at TEDx Nashville.

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Trueblood receives early career award from Psychonomic Society

Jun. 14, 2016—Assistant Professor of Psychology Jennifer Trueblood is one of four young scientists who have made significant contributions to psychological science chosen by the Psychonomic Society to receive its 2016 Early Career Award.

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Study gives new meaning to the term ‘bird brain’

Jun. 13, 2016—The first study to systematically measure the number of neurons in the brains of birds has found that they have significantly more neurons packed into their small brains than are stuffed into mammalian and even primate brains of the same mass.

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Jackson named 2016 Pew biomedical scholar

Jun. 10, 2016—The Pew Charitable Trusts has named Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Biochemistry Lauren Parker Jackson as a member of its 2016 class of Pew biomedical scholars.

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Tennessee may become second state in periodic table

Jun. 8, 2016—The provisional name for the newly discovered superheavy element 117 is "tennessine." The name was proposed by Vanderbilt nuclear physicist Joseph Hamilton to honor the state where three members of the international collaboration that made the discovery -- Vanderbilt University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and University of Tennessee at Knoxville -- are located.

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Electric eels make leaping attacks

Jun. 6, 2016—Vanderbilt biologist Kenneth Catania has accidentally discovered that electric eels can make leaping attacks that dramatically increase the strength of the electric shocks they deliver. In doing so, Catania has confirmed a 200-year-old observation by famous 19th-century explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt.

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Free symposium on autism, neuroscience and perceptual thinking

May. 18, 2016—“Neuro-diverse: A Symposium on Autism, Neuroscience and Perceptual Thinking” and an associated evening lecture – both free and open to the public – will take place on the Vanderbilt campus Monday, May 23.

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Isler named one of ‘National Geographic’s’ first Emerging Explorers

May. 18, 2016—Observational astrophysicist Jedidah Isler, a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt, has been selected as a member of the National Geographic Society's inaugural class of Emerging Explorers.

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Student rocketeers win fourth national championship in a row

May. 12, 2016—Vanderbilt student rocketeers have won NASA’s Orbital-ATK University Student Launch competition for the fourth year in a row.

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New study supports natural causes, not alien activity, explain mystery star’s behavior

May. 9, 2016—The results of a new study make it far less likely that KIC 8462852, popularly known as Tabby’s star, is the home of industrious aliens who are gradually enclosing it in a vast shell called a Dyson sphere, a theory that went viral over the past year.

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