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.
Are the world's religions ready for ET?
In 1930, Albert Einstein was asked for his opinion about the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. "Other beings, perhaps, but not men," he answered. Then he was asked whether science and religion conflict. "Not ...
Nanoscale optical switch breaks miniaturization barrier
(Phys.org) —An ultra-fast and ultra-small optical switch has been invented that could advance the day when photons replace electrons in the innards of consumer products ranging from cell phones to automobiles.
Shifting evolution into reverse promises cheaper, greener way to make new drugs
A proof-of-concept experiment has shown that, by shifting evolution into reverse, it may be possible to use 'green chemistry' to make a number of costly synthetic drugs as easily and cheaply as brewing beer.
Are gifted children getting lost in the shuffle? 30-year study reveals clues to the exceptional child's journey
(Phys.org) —Gifted children are likely to be the next generation's innovators and leaders—yet the exceptionally smart are often invisible in the classroom, lacking the curricula, teacher input and external motivation ...
Mosquito fact and fiction
One of Jason Pitts' favorite stories is about mosquitoes and their strange attraction to Limburger cheese.
Evidence contradicts idea that starvation caused saber-tooth cat extinction
The latest study of the microscopic wear patterns on the teeth of the American lions and saber-toothed cats that roamed North America in the late Pleistocene found that they were living well off the fat of the land in the ...
Biohybrid solar cells—Spinach power gets a big boost
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Vanderbilt University have developed a way to combine the photosynthetic protein that converts light into electrochemical energy in spinach with silicon, the material used in solar ...
Barrier to faster graphene devices identified and suppressed
These days graphene is the rock star of materials science, but it has an Achilles heel: It is exceptionally sensitive to its electrical environment.
Using sound waves for bomb detection
(Phys.org) —A remote acoustic detection system designed to identify homemade bombs can determine the difference between those that contain low-yield and high-yield explosives.
Brown recluse spider bites crawling upward
Vanderbilt medical toxicologists are reporting an increase in patients seen with brown recluse spider bites this summer.