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New clues emerge about the earliest known Americans

Nov. 18, 2015—Stone tools, cooked animal and plant remains, and fire pits found in Southern Chile provide greater evidence that a nomadic people adapted to a harsh ice-age environment--the first known Americans--reached South America more than 15,000 years ago.

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New curriculum brings more science and math to pre-K

Nov. 6, 2015—A new curriculum developed by Peabody College's Mary Louise Hemmeter and others and launching in January closes the gap on math and science education in pre-k classrooms.

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Vanderbilt’s medical capsule robots’ hardware, software goes open-source

Nov. 5, 2015—Researchers around the globe who want to customize medical capsule robots won’t have to start from scratch – a team from Vanderbilt University School of Engineering did the preliminary work for them and is ready to share.

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The yin and yang of COX-2

Oct. 2, 2015—New findings add to the understanding of how the enzyme COX-2 works, which is critical to the development of COX-2-targeted anti-inflammatory drugs.

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VenoStent, PinPtr edge closer to market with boost from $200K AIR-TT grants

Oct. 1, 2015—Two innovative but very different products designed by Vanderbilt University engineers are getting a financial push onto the market, thanks to National Science Foundation Accelerating Innovation Research–Technology Translation (AIR-TT) grants of about $200,000 each.

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First circularly polarized light detector on a silicon chip

Sep. 22, 2015—Invention of the first integrated circularly polarized light detector on a silicon chip opens the door for development of small, portable sensors that could expand the use of polarized light for drug screening, surveillance, etc.

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Evidence that Earth’s first mass extinction was caused by critters, not catastrophe

Sep. 2, 2015—The Earth's first mass extinction event 540 million years ago was caused not by a meteorite impact or volcanic super-eruption, but by the rise of early animals that dramatically changed to prehistoric environment.

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Experts address promises and problems of 3D printing large structures

Jul. 24, 2015—The prospect that 3D printing will transform the way we construct the concrete structures that dominate the built environment brought a group of experts to campus to discuss the research opportunities this creates.

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Targeting bone metastasis

Jul. 23, 2015—The rigidity of the bone extracellular matrix increases the ability of tumor cells to destroy bone, suggesting new targets for anticancer drug development.

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New model of cosmic stickiness favors “Big Rip” demise of universe

Jun. 30, 2015—A Vanderbilt team of scientists have developed a new formulation for cosmic viscosity which strongly favors the "Big Rip" end of the universe.

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Five-year, $20 million TN-SCORE program boosts state’s energy research capacity

Jun. 24, 2015—For the last five years, scientists and engineers at Vanderbilt University have been collaborating closely with colleagues with other public and private universities and research centers throughout Tennessee in an effort to increase the state’s energy research capacity

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Virtual reality sheds new light on how we navigate in the dark

Jun. 11, 2015—A series of immersive reality experiments has confirmed that the human brain’s internal navigation system works in the same fashion as the grid cell system recently found in other mammals.

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