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August, 2012

Vanderbilt-led team to develop ‘microbrain’ to improve drug testing

Aug. 8, 2012—  Take a millionth of a human brain and squeeze it into a special chamber the size of a mustard seed. Link it to a second chamber filled with cerebral spinal fluid and thread both of them with artificial blood vessels in order to create a microenvironment that makes the neurons and other brain cells...

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Secretary of Energy selects Kosson as member of key review committee

Aug. 3, 2012—Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has assembled a group of independent technical experts to assess certain aspects of the design of a new, state-of-the art waste treatment plant that the Department of Energy is planning to construct on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington state. David Kosson, the Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Civil and...

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Test flight over Peru ruins could revolutionize archaeological mapping

Aug. 1, 2012—Archaeological sites that currently take years to map will be completed in minutes if tests underway in Peru of a new system being developed at Vanderbilt University go well. The Skate, by Aurora Flight Sciences, is an unmanned aerial vehicle that will be integrated into a larger system that combines the flying device that fits...

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