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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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Life, Earth and Space Research


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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Life, Earth and Space Research


Vanderbilt on team to develop advanced nuclear reactors to reduce carbon emissions

Jan. 27, 2016—Vanderbilt University is part of a new public-private partnership that has been awarded up to $40 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to explore, develop and demonstrate advanced nuclear reactor technologies to help America meet its goals for carbon emission reduction.

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Vanderbilt School of Engineering, partners awarded $3.5 million from ARPA-E for transformational energy technology

Nov. 25, 2015—A new $3.5 million award from the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy will support Vanderbilt University School of Engineering researchers' and their partners' efforts to create software that can control the Smart Grid – a decentralized power system that is more efficient, sustainable and reliable than America’s current electrical power delivery.

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New model of cosmic stickiness favors “Big Rip” demise of universe

Jun. 30, 2015—A Vanderbilt team of scientists have developed a new formulation for cosmic viscosity which strongly favors the "Big Rip" end of the universe.

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World’s smallest spirals could guard against identity theft

Jun. 2, 2015—Vanderbilt researchers have made the world’s smallest spirals and found they have unique optical properties that are nearly impossible to counterfeit.

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Vanderbilt research will help shape the future of American manufacturing

Jan. 9, 2015—A cutting-edge Vanderbilt lab that studies how materials, structures and machines operate under real-world conditions will play a key part in the new multistate, $259 million Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) to be announced today by President Obama.

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Liberating devices from their power cords

May. 19, 2014—A new type of supercapacitor brings us a step closer to a day when everything from cell phones to electric vehicles will no longer need separate batteries.

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How to create nanowires only three atoms wide with an electron beam

Apr. 28, 2014—A Vanderbilt graduate student has used a focused beam of electrons to create some of the smallest nanowires ever made, which could bring us closer to flexible, paper-thin tablets and television displays.

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Nanoscale optical switch breaks miniaturization barrier

Mar. 13, 2014—An ultra-fast and ultra-small optical switch has been invented that could advance the day when photons replace electrons in the innards of consumer products ranging from cell phones to automobiles.

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Engineering and Technology Research


Nashville team’s ‘Harmony House’ scores a spot in international Solar Decathlon

Feb. 14, 2014—Team Music City, an interdisciplinary group from Vanderbilt, MTSU and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, has been selected to compete in the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2015, challenging students to design and build a functioning, energy-efficient, solar-powered house.

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Surprising new class of “hypervelocity stars” discovered escaping the galaxy

Jan. 9, 2014—Two Vanderbilt astronomers are among an international team that has discovered a surprising new class of “hypervelocity stars” – solitary stars moving fast enough to escape the gravitational grasp of the Milky Way galaxy.

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