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Engineering and Technology

Love Circle energy park project to reach five years of continuous operation

Jul. 27, 2017—On Aug. 1, the renewable energy pilot facility atop Nashville’s Love Circle—a joint venture between the Vanderbilt School of Engineering and Metro Water Services featuring a wind turbine and solar panels—will complete five years of continuous operation.

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Hijacking human proteins to better deliver anti-cancer drugs

Jul. 24, 2017—Vanderbilt University engineers find existing human protein is ideal carrier for powerful molecules that can signal tumors to self-destruct.

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Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

Jul. 21, 2017—A new energy harvesting system developed at Vanderbilt University can generate electrical current from the full range of human motions and is thin enough to embed in clothing.

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New tools help surgeons find liver tumors, not nick blood vessels

Jul. 17, 2017—The liver is a particularly squishy, slippery organ, prone to shifting both deadly tumors and life-preserving blood vessels by inches between the time they’re discovered on a CT scan and when the patient is lying on an operating room table. Vanderbilt University’s Michael Miga and his team have published the potential solution.

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Alex’s Lemonade grant allows new engineering grad student to join neuroblastoma fight

Jul. 5, 2017—Graduate student Kyle Garland is diving into his studies with eight weeks of intense immunology research.

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Cotton candy capillaries lead to circuit boards that dissolve when cooled

Jun. 26, 2017—Leon Bellan made a dissolving circuit board that, so far, just turns on an LED light. Its potential applications are far more promising.

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How six cups of ground coffee can improve nose, throat surgery

Jun. 20, 2017—Vanderbilt engineers have designed a “granular jamming cap” filled with coffee grounds that can improve the accuracy of the sophisticated “GPS” system that surgeons use for nose and throat surgery.

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Sensor detects shooting at elephants, helps authorities catch poachers

Jun. 7, 2017—WIPER technology detects when a bullet flies by a protected elephant and sends an alarm with its location.

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Better models predict weather disaster outcomes, help plan recoveries

Jun. 2, 2017—Bayesian modeling can include hundreds of data points and present a range of potential events and options for dealing with them.

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Web-based tool will help government realistically plan for climate change

Jun. 2, 2017—Researchers are studying how commerce and flood control on inland waterways and the residents along them must change.

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International exhibit unites students, faculty and staff in celebrating mapping technology

May. 22, 2017—Vanderbilt's recent hosting of the "Places & Spaces: Mapping Science" exhibition proved to be not only intellectually enriching, but also socially unifying, according to several leaders across campus.

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Novel nanotube approach earns grad student coveted spot in ORNL innovation program

May. 22, 2017—An interdisciplinary materials science graduate student has been selected for a prestigious entrepreneurship program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to scale and commercialize a revolutionary method of carbon nanotube production.

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