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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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They call it puppy love, but what is it really?

Feb. 12, 2019—Even if animals have ulterior motives for teaming up, they teach humans a lot about love, says Vanderbilt University animal biologist Patrick Abbot.

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How making an accusation makes you seem more trustworthy

Jan. 29, 2019—Making an accusation about unethical business practices undermines trust in the accused and enhances trust in the accuser, but only if the accusation is made in good faith, according to new research led by Vanderbilt business professor Jessica Kennedy.

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Stress fractures and running wearables: The mistake that could mean injuries

Jan. 17, 2019—Working with an orthopedic specialist who advises the NFL Players Association, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Karl Zelik discovered that sensors only measuring the impact of the foot hitting pavement tell users little about the forces on bones that lead to stress fractures.

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Low health literacy associated with early death for cardiovascular patients

Nov. 8, 2018—Patients hospitalized with a cardiovascular event are more likely to die within one year if they have low health literacy, according to new research by Lindsay Mayberry and Sunil Kripalani.

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