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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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Sorry, Grumpy Cat—Study finds dogs are brainier than cats

Nov. 29, 2017—The first study to actually count the number of cortical neurons in the brains of a number of carnivores, including cats and dogs, has found that dogs possess significantly more of them than cats.

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‘Mind’s eye blink’ proves ‘paying attention’ is not just a figure of speech

Nov. 21, 2017—Vanderbilt psychologists have discovered that when you shift your attention from one place to another, your brain 'blinks'—or experiences momentary gaps in perception.

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Battery-switching device promises more road time for Tesla, Leaf drivers

Nov. 20, 2017—A device out Vanderbilt's engineering school reconfigures modules in electric car battery packs to be online or offline – depending on whether they’re going to pull down the other modules.

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Forensic science comes to Vanderbilt

Nov. 13, 2017—Vanderbilt scientists have teamed up with the Italian Scientific Police to apply nanoscience techniques to improve the accuracy of forensic investigations.

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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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