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2011-12-14 19:39:13

The surprising discovery of a new way to tune and enhance thermal conductivity — a basic property generally considered to be fixed for a given material — gives engineers a new tool for managing thermal effects in smart phones and computers, lasers and a number of other powered devices. The finding was made by a group of engineers headed by Deyu Li, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University, and published online in the journal Nature Nanotechnology...

2011-11-29 11:28:19

A team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children´s Center, Vanderbilt University and elsewhere have demonstrated that high blood pressure and anemia together put children with sickle cell disease (SCD) at serious danger for symptomless or so-called “silent” strokes, although either condition alone also signaled high risk. The results are part of an ongoing NIH-funded international multicenter trial, believed to be the largest study of its kind to date in children with...

Robot Biologist Solves Complex Problem From Scratch
2011-10-15 04:04:33

First it was chess. Then it was Jeopardy. Now computers are at it again, but this time they are trying to automate the scientific process itself. An interdisciplinary team of scientists at Vanderbilt University, Cornell University and CFD Research Corporation, Inc., has taken a major step toward this goal by demonstrating that a computer can analyze raw experimental data from a biological system and derive the basic mathematical equations that describe the way the system operates....

2011-09-09 21:30:00

Larry M. Goldberg, chief executive officer, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, Tenn., has been selected as the new president and chief executive officer of Loyola University Health System (LUHS). He will officially join the health system in mid-October 2011. Maywood, IL (PRWEB) September 09, 2011 Larry M. Goldberg, chief executive officer, Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, Tenn., has been selected as the new president and chief executive officer of Loyola University Health...

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2011-08-18 12:40:00

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have developed a new lower-limb prosthetic that allows amputees to walk with a natural gait. The device uses new technology to give it bionic capabilities and is the first prosthetic with a powered knee and ankle joints that operate in unison.  The prosthetic comes equipped with sensors that monitor its user's motion and has microprocessors to use this data to predict what the person is trying to do and operate the device in ways that facilitate...

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2011-08-07 06:24:26

There is a new way to design computer chips and electronic circuitry for extreme environments: make them out of diamond. A team of electrical engineers at Vanderbilt University has developed all the basic components needed to create microelectronic devices out of thin films of nanodiamond. They have created diamond versions of transistors and, most recently, logical gates, which are a key element in computers. "Diamond-based devices have the potential to operate at higher speeds and require...

2011-07-22 12:15:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Education experts from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of education and human development are available for back-to-school interviews. Peabody was named the No. 1 graduate school of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for the third consecutive year in 2011. To schedule an interview with these experts or any Peabody researcher, contact Jennifer Wetzel at (615) 322-4747. POLICY ISSUES Performance...

2011-06-07 15:43:00

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Vanderbilt Student Communications and the Board of Directors of Nashville Public Radio agreed today to the transfer of the license of WRVU 91.1FM to Nashville Public Radio. The new station's call letters will be WFCL, and its mission will be to showcase classical music and the arts and promote local performances and events. The change in format is effective June 8. WRVU's eclectic programming format continues without...

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2011-05-26 08:35:00

Unexpected increases in blood sugar levels may be caused by the combination use of an anti-depressant medication and a cholesterol lowering drug, according to researchers. A study conducted at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University and Harvard Medical School discovered that the antidepressant drug marketed as Paxil, when taken together with Pravachol, a cholesterol-lowering medication, resulted in a spike in blood glucose level, even though the similar side effect...

2011-05-10 11:04:00

Vanderbilt's Michael Kreyling says famous novel is 'an economic story' NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This month marks the 75th anniversary of the first publication of Gone with the Wind, a novel that was initially derided by some as "second-rate trash" and beloved by generations as the prototypical romance novel. Michael Kreyling, a scholar of Southern literature at Vanderbilt, says neither characterization is correct. If you are considering doing a story on...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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