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2013-11-01 11:23:54

Knowing who your doctor is — and a couple of facts about that person — may go a long way toward improving patient satisfaction, according to a Vanderbilt study in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. Faced with the knowledge that between 82 percent and 90 percent of medical patients are unable to correctly name their treating physician following inpatient admission, orthopaedic trauma surgeon Alex Jahangir, M.D., and his Vanderbilt colleagues studied the effects of giving a randomized...

Supercapacitor Stores Electricity On Silicon Chips
2013-10-23 08:54:48

Vanderbilt University Solar cells that produce electricity 24/7, not just when the sun is shining. Mobile phones with built-in power cells that recharge in seconds and work for weeks between charges. These are just two of the possibilities raised by a novel supercapacitor design invented by material scientists at Vanderbilt University that is described in a paper published in the Oct. 22 issue of the journal Scientific Reports. It is the first supercapacitor that is made out of...

Surgeons’ Sense Of Touch During Minimally Invasive Surgeries Restored
2013-10-16 10:16:33

[ Watch The Video: Palpation Capsule ] Vanderbilt University A small, wireless capsule has been developed that can restore the sense of touch that surgeons are losing as they shift increasingly from open to minimally invasive surgery. During open surgery, doctors rely on their sense of touch to identify the edges of hidden tumors and to locate hidden blood vessels and other anatomical structures: a procedure they call palpation. But this practice is not possible in minimally invasive...

Area Of The Brain That Creates Illusory Shapes And Surfaces Discovered By Scientists
2013-10-01 11:10:48

Vanderbilt University The logo of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics includes red, white and blue stars, but the white star is not really there: It is an illusion. Similarly, the "S" in the USA Network logo is wholly illusory. Both of these logos take advantage of a common perceptual illusion where the brain, when viewing a fragmented background, frequently sees shapes and surfaces that don't really exist. "It's hallucinating without taking drugs," said Alexander Maier, assistant...

Size Matters In Nanocrystals' Ability To Adsorb And Release Gases
2013-08-07 08:02:53

Vanderbilt University More efficient catalytic converters on autos, improved batteries and more sensitive gas sensors are some of the potential benefits of a new system that can directly measure the manner in which nanocrystals adsorb and release hydrogen and other gases. The technique, which was developed by Vanderbilt University Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Rizia Bardhan, is described in a paper published online Aug. 4 by the journal Nature Materials....

KELT Discovers Metal-poor Cousin Of Famous Planet
2013-06-05 13:43:05

University of Louisville A scientific team led by University of Louisville doctoral student Karen Collins has discovered a hot Saturn-like planet in another solar system 700 light-years away. Collins announced the discovery of exoplanet KELT-6b Tuesday, June 4, during the American Astronomical Society's national meeting in Indianapolis. Astronomers caught sight of the planet when it passed in front of, or "transited," its host star–and they've since discovered that the planet...

2013-05-24 23:25:47

$1.1 Million Aggregate Funding to Support Nerve Regeneration Technologies Alachua, FL (PRWEB) May 23, 2013 AxoGen, Inc. (OTCBB: AXGN), a leading regenerative medicine company focused on the commercialization of proprietary products and technologies for peripheral nerve reconstruction and regeneration, today announced that the Company and Vanderbilt University have been awarded a shared $1.1 million grant, for which AxoGen´s portion is approximately 35%, from the Congressional Directed...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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