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Video: Fingers detect typos even when conscious brain doesn’t

Oct. 28, 2010—Media contact: Melanie Moran (615) 322-NEWS melanie.moran@vanderbilt.ed

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Fingers detect typos even when conscious brain doesn’t

Oct. 28, 2010—Expert typists are able to zoom across the keyboard without ever thinking about which fingers are pressing the keys. New research from Vanderbilt University reveals that this skill is managed by an autopilot, one that is able to catch errors that can fool our conscious brain.

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New type of liquid crystal promises to improve performance of digital displays

Oct. 5, 2010—[Note: A multimedia version of this story is available on Exploration, Vanderbilt’s online research magazine.] Chemists at Vanderbilt University have created a new class of liquid crystals with unique electrical properties that could improve the performance of digital displays used on everything from digital watches to flat panel televisions. The achievement, which is the result...

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New NRC report provides data on 31 Vanderbilt doctoral programs

Sep. 28, 2010—A new report from the National Research Council offers insights into 31 doctoral programs at Vanderbilt University, and finds the programs to be competitive with those at other top research institutions in the United States. The report is based on data collected for the 2005-2006 academic year on 20 key variables identified by the NRC...

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Saturday University at Vanderbilt to focus on energy and the environment

Sep. 24, 2010—Issues including Climategate, the future of electric cars and floodplain policy will be examined during the fall 2010 Saturday University lecture series at Vanderbilt University, which brings the expertise of the Vanderbilt faculty to the Nashville community.  Saturday University this semester will feature discussions on “Heat, Light and Water: Lectures on Energy and the Environment.”...

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Stellar Nights program Sept. 21 to focus on the hunt for new planets

Sep. 16, 2010—The Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is celebrating the anniversary of “The Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Ten Years Observing the Universe” with a series of special Stellar Nights lectures this fall. “New Worlds on our Doorstep: Hunting for Planets” will be given by astronomer Joshua Pepper on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at the observatory. Pepper...

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Vanderbilt plays key role in $20 million federal grant designed to strengthen Tennessee’s R&D infrastructure

Sep. 9, 2010—Five years from now, high school and college students throughout Tennessee should have more and better opportunities to learn about and pursue careers in alternative energy science and technology.

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Mosquitoes use several different kinds of odor sensors to track human prey

Aug. 31, 2010—Origin of DEET’s repellent effect confirmed It now appears that the malaria mosquito needs more than one family of odor sensors to sniff out its human prey. That is the implication of new research into the mosquito’s sense of smell published in the Aug. 31 issue of the online, open-access journal Public Library of Science...

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Stellar Nights program Aug. 17 to focus on ‘dark energy,’ quasars and how galaxies are born

Aug. 13, 2010—The Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is celebrating the anniversary of “The Sloan Digital Sky Survey: Ten Years Observing the Universe” with a series of special Stellar Nights lectures this fall. “Galaxies, Quasars and the Universe” will be given by Andreas Berlind on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Observatory. Berlind is an assistant professor...

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Why can’t some people put the brakes on impulsive behavior?

Jul. 29, 2010—A group of Vanderbilt researchers analyzed the role of the brain chemical dopamine in impulsivity to discover more precisely what makes some people more susceptible to rash behavior.

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New graphics processor cluster gives Vanderbilt supercomputer a major boost

Jul. 29, 2010—What do an astrophysicist studying how black holes merge, a chemist predicting the biological characteristics of novel proteins, a psychologist investigating decision-making and a mechanical engineer studying how nanotubes transport heat have in common? They all need tremendous amounts of computer power to conduct their research and they all will benefit directly from a huge...

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Vanderbilt No. 12 on 2010 list of best places for life scientists to work

Jun. 30, 2010—Vanderbilt University was named one of the best places for life scientists to work in academia by The Scientist magazine. It was the seventh time in the eight years of the survey that Vanderbilt was ranked and a substantial improvement from its 2009 ranking. Vanderbilt was ranked No. 12 in a list headed by Princeton...

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