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Life, Earth and Space

Vanderbilt astronomers continue international effort to map and analyze universe in greater detail than ever

Nov. 16, 2017—Vanderbilt astronomers will carry out detailed studies of nearby stars orbited by planets with the potential to harbor or sustain life.

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VU astronomer heads U.S. study team for space-based gravitational wave detector

Nov. 3, 2017—A Vanderbilt astrophysicist has been elected chair of a scientific study team that will advise NASA on science issues related to the international Laser Interferometer Space Antenna program.

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Meet Vanderbilt’s first Academic Pathways fellows

Oct. 27, 2017—Seven outstanding Ph.D.’s with diverse backgrounds and experiences have come to Vanderbilt to pursue postdoctoral training with an eye toward academic careers.

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Filling the early universe with knots can explain why the world is three-dimensional

Oct. 13, 2017—Filling the universe with knots shortly after it popped into existence 13.8 billion years ago provides a neat explanation for why we inhabit a three-dimensional world. That is the basic idea advanced by an out-of-the-box theory developed by an international team of physicists.

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Primordial cosmic soup easier to create than previously thought

Oct. 3, 2017—In subatomic collisions, physicists have found the signature of primordial cosmic soup, from which all the stuff in the universe formed, at lower energies and in smaller volume than ever before.

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Vanderbilt graduate research assistant receives national defense fellowship

Sep. 22, 2017—Matthew Feldman, a graduate research assistant in physics and astronomy, is one of only 195 students nationwide who have been awarded a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow

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Biologist reaches into electric eel tank, comes out with equation to measure shocks

Sep. 14, 2017—Ken Catania stuck his arm into a tank with an electric eel 10 times -- the only way to get accurate measurements of the circuit created by animal, arm and water.

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New research on Fragile X syndrome reinforces importance of early detection

Aug. 25, 2017—New insights into the long-lasting effects of Fragile X syndrome on connections in the brain during early development highlight the importance of early detection and treatment.

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Sugars in human mother’s milk are non-toxic antibacterial agents

Aug. 20, 2017—A new study has found that sugars in mother's' milk do not just provide nutrition for babies but also help protect them from bacterial infections.

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Deciphering potent DNA toxin’s secrets

Aug. 1, 2017—Vanderbilt researchers uncover the secret of the remarkable potency of the DNA toxin yatakemycin, which could someday be harnessed to fight cancer.

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Multitasking monolayers

Jul. 21, 2017—Scientists have discovered a natural process that makes patterned monolayers suitable for creating a wide variety of novel materials with dual optical, magnetic, catalytic or sensing capabilities.

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Decoding ants’ coat of many odors

Jul. 10, 2017—A team of biologists report a major advance in deciphering the molecular genetics underlying the ant's high-definition sense of smell, an ability that underpins their highly complex society.

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