Vanderbilt University was established in 1873 in Nashville, Tennessee as a private academic research institution. The Academic Ranking of World Universities ranks Vanderbilt 42nd among all comparable research and academic institutions globally. Vanderbilt is noted for its medical school, school of engineering, Vanderbilt has an undergraduate, graduate and professional degree curriculum with approximately 12,000 students. Vanderbilt Medical Center and research institutes attract a high level of funding from the National Institutes of Health. Exploration, a scientific on-line news service is published by Vanderbilt as well as other journals and news about current research.
New detector perfect for asteroid mining, planetary research
The grizzled asteroid miner is a stock character in science fiction. Now, a couple of recent events - one legal and the other technological - have brought asteroid mining a step closer to reality.
Quantum dots made from fool's gold boost battery performance
If you add quantum dots - nanocrystals 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair - to a smartphone battery it will charge in 30 seconds, but the effect only lasts for a few recharge cycles.
Evidence that Earth's first mass extinction was caused by critters not catastrophe
In the popular mind, mass extinctions are associated with catastrophic events, like giant meteorite impacts and volcanic super-eruptions.
New model of cosmic stickiness favors 'Big Rip' demise of universe
The universe can be a very sticky place, but just how sticky is a matter of debate.
New class of DNA repair enzyme discovered
This year's Nobel Prize in chemistry was given to three scientists who each focused on one piece of the DNA repair puzzle. Now a new study, reported online Oct. 28 in the journal Nature, reports the discovery of a new class ...
Electric eels curl up to deliver even more powerful shocks
The electric eel may be one of the most remarkable predators in the entire animal kingdom. That is the conclusion of Kenneth Catania, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University, who has spent the ...
Vanderbilt engineers open source medical capsule robot technology
The likelihood that you will be swallowing a capsule robot in the near future has just jumped up dramatically.
The pronoun 'I' is becoming obsolete
Don't look now, but the pronoun "I" is becoming obsolete.
New 'geospeedometer' confirms super-eruptions have short fuses
Repeatedly throughout Earth's history, giant pools of magma greater than 100 cubic miles in volume have formed a few miles below the surface.
World's smallest spirals could guard against identity theft
Take gold spirals about the size of a dime…and shrink them down about six million times. The result is the world's smallest continuous spirals: "nano-spirals" with unique optical properties that would be almost impossible ...