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Researchers create freestanding nanoparticle films without fillers

Jun. 9, 2009—Nanoparticle films are no longer a delicate matter: Vanderbilt physicists have found a way to make them strong enough so they don't disintegrate at the slightest touch.

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Alien landing strips or human expression?

Jun. 4, 2009—The Nazca Lines are an enigma. The strange geometric shapes and animals carved into the land were first spotted in the Peruvian desert south of Lima in the 1930s when commercial airlines began flying over them.

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The day the universe froze

May. 8, 2009—Imagine a time when the entire universe froze. According to a new model for dark energy, that is essentially what happened about 11.5 billion years ago, when the universe was a quarter of the size it is today.

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Vanderbilt engineers play key role in new DOE energy frontier research center

Apr. 29, 2009—A team of Vanderbilt engineers will play a key role in a new federal effort to significantly improve our understanding of how gases and liquids interact with solid surfaces – basic studies that have potential applications ranging from better batteries to more efficient methods for converting solar and electrical energy into fuel, improved fuel cells and enhancing the corrosion resistance of materials.

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Chemists synthesize herbal alkaloid

Apr. 15, 2009—A team of synthetic chemists at Vanderbilt University report in the March 18 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society that they have created an efficient way to make a naturally occurring alkaloid that could have anti-cancer properties and may combat memory loss from scratch.

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Video: Galileo night at Dyer Observatory

Apr. 8, 2009—Watch video of an April 4 talk by Professor of Astronomy David Weintraub, part of “100 Hours of Astronomy Cornerstone Project.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Vanderbilt student rocketeers ready for NASA competition

Apr. 8, 2009—On April 18, a group of Vanderbilt engineering students will fire off a 16-foot, 82-pound rocket. If all goes as planned, the vehicle will power its way one mile directly overhead where it will release a remotely piloted aircraft that will collect images and infrared data of the ground below as it is guided back down to earth.

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Director of Center for SETI Research to discuss ‘Are We Alone?’ at Vanderbilt University April 24

Apr. 7, 2009—Aliens abound on the movie screens, but in reality we are still trying to find out if we share our universe with other sentient creatures.

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Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory named to National Register of Historic Places

Apr. 6, 2009—The Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation.

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Two Vanderbilt University students selected as Goldwater Scholars for 2008-2009 academic year

Apr. 3, 2009—Two students recommended by the faculty and staff of Vanderbilt University have been selected as 2008 Goldwater Scholars. Each will receive a two-year scholarship worth $7,500 a year for educational expenses.

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Special solar telescope viewing to be held Sunday, April 5, as ending to ‘100 Days of Astronomy’

Apr. 3, 2009—Vanderbilt students will be able to safely see incredible features of the sun in all its naked glory on Sunday, April 5. The Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory will set up its new solar telescope outside The Commons from noon to 2 p.m.

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Vanderbilt mathematician wins Sloan research fellowship

Apr. 2, 2009—Jesse Peterson, assistant professor of mathematics at Vanderbilt University, has won a $50,000 research fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation aimed at encouraging promising young scholars.

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