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Evidence That Earth's First Mass Extinction Was Caused by Critters, Not Catastrophe

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In the popular mind, mass extinctions are associated with catastrophic events, like giant meteorite impacts and volcanic super-eruptions. But the world’s first known mass extinction, which took place about 540 million years ago, now appears to...
2-Sep-2015 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Raises for Elected Representatives Could Lead to Better Representation

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New research shows that paying elected representatives more may result in better policies for voters.
10-Aug-2015 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

When Being an Immigrant Makes It More–Not Less–Likely to Have a Job

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Race and education shape employment outcomes for U.S.- and foreign-born blacks in surprising ways.
28-Jul-2015 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Tiny Mechanical Wrist Gives New Dexterity to Needlescopic Surgery

A Vanderbilt research team has successfully created a mechanical wrist less than 1/16th of an inch thick -- small enough to use in needlescopic surgery, the least invasive form of minimally invasive surgery.
23-Jul-2015 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

A Little Jolt Helps the Brain Get Back on Track

Applying mild electrical stimulation to an area of the brain associated with cognitive control helps people with schizophrenia recognize errors and adjust their behavior to avoid them.
8-Jul-2015 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Creating Bacterial ‘Fight Clubs’ to Discover New Drugs

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Vanderbilt chemists Brian Bachmann and John McLean have shown that creating bacterial "fight clubs" is an effective way to discover natural biomolecules with the properties required for new drugs.
29-Jun-2015 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Musicians Don’t Just Hear in Tune, They Also See in Tune

A new experiment shows that auditory melodies can enhance a musician's visual awareness of written music, particularly when the two match.
18-Jun-2015 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Virtual Reality Sheds New Light on How We Navigate in the Dark

A series of immersive virtual reality experiments has confirmed that the human brain’s internal navigation system works in the same fashion as the grid cell system recently found in other mammals.
10-Jun-2015 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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