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2012-06-21 13:57:28

NASA and Vanderbilt University's Dyer Observatory in Brentwood, Tenn., are hosting a Summer of Innovation event for rising fifth and sixth graders in the Nashville area on Thursday afternoon. NASA Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin will address students and join them in hands-on, Mars-related activities. Melvin also will give a presentation to a larger audience during a special astronomy-themed concert performance in the evening. Summer of Innovation events are part of the...

Mammal Diversity Aided In Survival Over Deep Time
2012-04-24 12:24:49

Lawrence LeBlond for RedOrbit.com In a first of its kind study, researchers from Vanderbilt University found that mammals´ best defense to adapting to climate change was diversity, and families with higher taxonomic diversity were better able to survive ongoing environmental changes. Larisa R. G. DeSantis, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Vanderbilt, led researchers in studying how North American mammals adapted to climate change over a 56-million-year...

2012-03-09 02:33:36

Minority principals and other administrative personnel at elementary and high schools play a key role in implementing policies and practices aimed at engaging immigrant parents of students, according to new research from Rice University, the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee and Vanderbilt University. The researchers examined how schools in districts with immigrant populations are addressing low levels of parent involvement in their children´s education and providing...

New Tablet App Helps Visually Impaired Students With Math
2012-03-06 04:04:14

[ Watch the Video] A new app developed by researchers at Vanderbilt University helps visually impaired students with math problems. The new Android tablet app assists students in algebra, geometry, graphing and other subjects that are hard to comprehend without having normal vision. Jenna Gorlewicz, a graduate student in the Medical and Electromechanical Design Laboratory (MED Lab) at Vanderbilt University, and her adviser Robert Webster, an assistant professor of mechanical...

Mosquito Repellant Could Be Frightening For Mosquitoes!
2012-02-28 04:08:12

[ Watch the Video ] Repellant overwhelms their odor sensors, scaring them away In a small, narrow, temperature-controlled lab room at Vanderbilt University live some of the most deadly and dangerous animals in the world. "These are Anopheles mosquitoes that still think that they're in Central Africa. We won't tell them any different," says Laurence Zwiebel, professor of molecular biology and pharmacology. Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes can be killers. In warmer climates, the...

Microscopy Reveals 'Atomic Antenna' Behavior In Graphene
2012-02-01 05:00:48

Atomic-level defects in graphene could be a path forward to smaller and faster electronic devices, according to a study led by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. With unique properties and potential applications in areas from electronics to biodevices, graphene, which consists of a single sheet of carbon atoms, has been hailed as a rising star in the materials world. Now, an ORNL study published in Nature Nanotechnology suggests that point defects,...

Image 1 - Ancient Popcorn Found In Peru
2012-01-19 09:04:19

A new study suggests that people living along the coast of Peru snacked on popcorn 1,000 years earlier than previously believed, based on corncobs recently found at an ancient site. In the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, study coauthor Dolores Piperno, curator of New World archaeology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and an emeritus staff scientist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, reports finding corncobs at the site dating...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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