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SAILS math remediation eliminated students’ delay in entering college-level courses; did not increase math achievement

Nov. 20, 2018—Researchers evaluated Tennessee's online course that students complete during high school to avoid taking remedial math in college.

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Launching new tech? How do you make data-driven decisions without any sales data?

Nov. 14, 2018—Kejia Hu has developed an improved method for forecasting the lifecycle of novel tech products that incorporates historical sales data from similar products with business insights to estimate demand.

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Study of Google data collection comes amid increased scrutiny over digital privacy

Nov. 1, 2018—If you use an Android device with the Chrome browser running, the tech giant knows whether you are traveling by foot or car, where you shop, how often you use your Starbucks app and when you’ve made a doctor’s appointment, according to research by Doug Schmidt.

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Take a lot of sick days? Who you know and where you live might be partly to blame

Nov. 1, 2018—New research by Lijun Song suggests that knowing high-status people may not always be good for your health--but it depends on how economically unequal your country is.

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Karate kicks keep cockroaches from becoming zombies, wasp chow

Oct. 31, 2018—Far from being a weak-willed sap easily paralyzed by the emerald jewel wasp’s sting to the brain, the cockroach can deliver a stunning karate kick that saves its life, biologist Ken Catania has found.

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Volcano researcher learns how Earth builds supereruption-feeding magma systems

Oct. 11, 2018—After studying layers of pumice, measuring the amount of crystals in the samples and using thermodynamic models, the team determined magma moved closer to the surface with each successive eruption.

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New model of polarization sheds light on today’s politics

Oct. 2, 2018—No politics is local anymore and it’s driving us apart, according to a new mathematical model of political competitiveness developed by political economist Mattias Polborn.

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Mass spectrometry team earns grant to map body at the cellular level

Sep. 28, 2018—Biochemistry professor Richard Caprioli, director of the Mass Spectrometry Research Center, and Jeff Spraggins, research assistant professor of biochemistry, and their team will build a platform to molecularly characterize cells.

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Quantum mechanics work lets oil industry know promise of recovery experiments before they start

Sep. 27, 2018—Vanderbilt University physicists developed detailed quantum mechanical simulations that accurately predict the outcomes of various additive combinations in water used for enhanced oil recovery.

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Americans have more faith in legislatures where women are equally represented

Sep. 21, 2018—According to new research led by Amanda Clayton, Americans have more confidence in both the decisions made and the decision-making process when women are equally represented on a legislative committee versus an all-male committee.

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Labor unions help employees take more paid maternity leave

Sep. 20, 2018—Labor unions help working mothers take better advantage of their maternity leave benefits but could do more to mitigate the wage penalties that women experience following maternity leave.

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Crime, not money, drives migration from El Salvador and Honduras

Sep. 18, 2018—A new analysis shows that immigration policies designed to deter economic migrants do not dissuade migrants fleeing crime from seeking asylum.

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