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New recyclable resin makes wind turbines much more sustainable

Feb. 15, 2018—New composite materials make wind energy even greener by making the turbines themselves recyclable.

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Interdisciplinary approach yields new insights into human evolution

Feb. 12, 2018—Vanderbilt biologist Nicole Creanza is the guest editor of a new themed issue of "Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B" highlighting interdisciplinary approaches to understanding human evolution.

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‘Smart cane’ could one day help flag gait problems, falling risks more quickly

Feb. 12, 2018—Falling is no joke when you're a senior citizen or have other balance issues. Vanderbilt engineers are working on a 'smart cane' that could help physical therapists spot and treat problems sooner.

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Vanderbilt wins top prize in first round of DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge

Jan. 30, 2018—The DARPA challenge seeks to uncover efficient solutions to our increasingly connected world's equally growing appetite for bandwidth.

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Climate change concerns much higher in Latin America, Caribbean than U.S., Canada

Jan. 25, 2018—Twice as many adults in Latin America and the Caribbean--more than 80 percent--believe unchecked climate change poses a serious risk to their countries. Only 40 percent of Americans feel the same way.

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Vanderbilt IRIS Initiative: Shaping the infrastructure of tomorrow

Jan. 18, 2018—Learn about recent developments for the Vanderbilt Initiative for Intelligent Resilient Infrastructure Systems, a 2016 TIPs project led by associate professor of civil and environmental engineering Caglar Oskay focused on improving the nation's flood infrastructure, in this VU BreakThru blog post.

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Ruling on occupational licensing boards could open floodgates to lawsuits

Jan. 9, 2018—Rebecca Haw Allensworth, professor of law at Vanderbilt, has authored a comprehensive study of occupational licensing boards, which hold jurisdiction over about a third of the nation's jobs.

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Does watching Sesame Street make kids kinder?

Jan. 5, 2018—A grant of more than $100,000 from Sesame Workshop will support a new Vanderbilt study on kindness.

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The 20 most popular research stories of 2017

Dec. 15, 2017—New clues to Alzheimer's disease, helping kids deal with stress, understanding why our universe is three-dimensional and—of course—electric eels all appear in this year's look back on the research stories that were visited the most frequently on Vanderbilt's website in 2017.

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Hyperlens crystal capable of viewing living cells in unprecedented detail

Dec. 11, 2017—A fundamental advance in the quality of an optical material used to make hyperlenses makes it possible to see features on the surface of living cells in greater detail than ever before.

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A quest to find ‘the best’ may bring out the worst in shoppers

Dec. 1, 2017—Marketers want to motivate consumers to act in their own self-interest, but they may be encouraging negative behavior such as theft or illegal returns, according to new Vanderbilt research.

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The unexpected way international business influences U.S. politics

Dec. 1, 2017—Corporations in different industries tend to donate to the same political candidates when their board members serve on the boards of international companies, too.

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