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.
Despite their thick skins, alligators and crocodiles are surprisingly touchy
Crocodiles and alligators are notorious for their thick skin and well-armored bodies. So it comes as something of a surprise to learn that their sense of touch is one of the most acute in the animal kingdom.
Fingers detect typos even when conscious brain doesn't
Expert typists are able to zoom across the keyboard without ever thinking about which fingers are pressing the keys. New research from Vanderbilt University reveals that this skill is managed by an autopilot, one that is ...
Radiation damage bigger problem in microelectronics than previously thought
The amount of structural damage that radiation causes in electronic materials at the atomic level may be at least ten times greater than previously thought.
A new type of genetic variation could strengthen natural selection
(PhysOrg.com) -- The unexpected discovery of a new type of genetic variation suggests that natural selection - the force that drives evolution - is both more powerful and more complex than scientists have thought.
Ants have an exceptionally 'hi-def' sense of smell
The first complete map of the ants' olfactory system has discovered that the eusocial insects have four to fives more odorant receptors—the special proteins that detect different odors—than other insects.
New study confirms exotic electric properties of graphene
(PhysOrg.com) -- First, it was the soccer-ball-shaped molecules dubbed buckyballs. Then it was the cylindrically shaped nanotubes. Now, the hottest new material in physics and nanotechnology is graphene: a remarkably flat ...
Volcanic super-eruptions may have surprisingly short fuses
Enormous volcanic eruptions with potential to end civilizations may have surprisingly short fuses, researchers have discovered.
Rogue stars ejected from the galaxy are found in intergalactic space
It's very difficult to kick a star out of the galaxy.
Endowment effect in chimpanzees can be turned on and off: study
Groundbreaking new research in the field of "evolutionary analysis in law" not only provides additional evidence that chimpanzees share the controversial human psychological trait known as the endowment effect which ...
From aflatoxin to sake: A case of microbe domestication
What do beer, dogs and cats, and corn all have in common? All of them are the end products of the process of domestication. Almost everybody knows that a number of different animals and plants have been bred for qualities ...