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Food fight: How a community in Mexico used food to resist the Aztec empire

Oct. 1, 2019—Inspired by an ancient people’s use of food to resist defeat, anthropologist Keitlyn Alcantara now uses food to resist cultural loss among Latin American middle schoolers in Nashville.

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High standards of female songbirds could be driving their mates to evolve

Sep. 4, 2019—Picky females force male songbirds to become better singers.

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Public options can strengthen society: Vanderbilt law professor

Sep. 3, 2019—Robust public options for retirement, banking, child care and other broadly beneficial services – beyond health care – would position more Americans to participate equally in society, argues Vanderbilt law professor Ganesh Sitaraman in a new book.

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How peer pressure does—and doesn’t—influence our choices

Aug. 27, 2019—New research by marketing professor Kelly Haws helps explain why we match our friends' orders at a restaurant—but not exactly.

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Intense look at La Brea Tar Pits explains why we have coyotes, not saber-toothed cats

Aug. 5, 2019—The most detailed study to date of ancient predators trapped in the La Brea Tar Pits is helping Americans understand why today we’re dealing with coyotes dumping over garbage cans and not saber-toothed cats ripping our arms off.

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The momentum myth: Staggering primaries didn’t affect outcome of 2016 nominating contests

Jul. 29, 2019—During the 2016 primary season, voters didn't shift their preferences based on who was winning, according to an analysis of more than 325,000 tracking poll results.

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Tennessee stands at a political crossroads: Vanderbilt Poll

Jun. 6, 2019—Despite opportunities for broad consensus, Tennessee’s long history of pragmatic politics could be affected by rising polarization along party lines, according to the most recent statewide Vanderbilt University Poll.

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Road test proves adaptive cruise control can add to traffic jam problem

May. 7, 2019—For the experiment, the team put seven different cars from two manufacturers on a rural highway and simulated actual driving conditions.

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Vanderbilt Poll: Nashville residents uneasy about growth

Apr. 30, 2019—Vanderbilt's 2019 poll of Nashville residents indicates a growing number think the city is no longer “on the right track,” and that the city is growing too quickly. Mayor David Briley receives high marks, however, with a 66 percent approval rating.

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Indicators of despair rising among Gen X-ers entering middle age

Apr. 15, 2019—In 2016, a surprising decline in life expectancy was ascribed to "deaths of despair" among working-class middle-aged white men displaced by a changing economy. However, new research shows indicators of despair are rising among Americans approaching middle age regardless of race, education and gender.

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Engineering students, doggie day care owner team up to build the better pooper scooper

Mar. 18, 2019—The How to Make (Almost) Anything class instructor said the actual project isn't as important as working together to address real-life concerns.

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Study links Celebrex, heart valve calcification after earlier research declared drug safe

Feb. 22, 2019—A big-data analysis of patient records at Vanderbilt University has found a link specifically between Celebrex and heart valve calcification.

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