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2011-05-31 16:52:00

In the news release, TVA, University of Tennessee to Develop Campus Energy Management Program, issued 31-May-2011 by Tennessee Valley Authority over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the fourth paragraph, last sentence, should read "Since 2008, faculty, staff and students have worked to reduce overall energy consumption, saving more than $1 million" rather than "Campus efforts since 2008 to reduce overall energy consumption are saving more than $1 million a year on utility...

2011-05-31 14:48:00

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Tennessee Valley Authority and the University of Tennessee, in partnership with Knoxville Utilities Board, have agreed to develop a long-term plan to enhance energy efficiency and energy management on the university's Knoxville campus. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100304/TVALOGO) TVA's EnergyRight Solutions for Business program will work with the university's flagship campus to create a 10-year strategic energy...

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2011-05-10 09:43:16

Researchers have discovered that an evolutionary change from 65 million years ago may have set the pace for the rapid growth rate of present-day flowering plants. Taylor Feild, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in collaboration with a group of other researchers from around the world, have determined the precise dates that angiosperms, or flowering plants, experienced two surges in growth during the Cretaceous period. Their...

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2011-04-01 06:40:00

The deaths of insect-eating bats in North America could have serious economic impacts on the United States, costing the agriculture industry some as much as $53 billion a year, according to a new analysis by U.S. and South African researchers published in the journal Science. A fungal disease called white nose syndrome, combined with a growing number of wind turbines, which can ensnare the bats, have killed off more than one million bats in North America since 2006. The deaths eliminate a...

2011-04-01 00:52:55

Bats in North America are under a two-pronged attack but they are not the only victim -- so is the US economy Bats in North America are under a two-pronged attack but they are not the only victim "“ so is the U.S. economy. Gary McCracken, head of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, analyzed the economic impact of the loss of bats in North America in agriculture and found it to be in the $3.7 to $53 billion a year range....

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2011-03-21 11:04:27

With states scrambling to find ways to generate revenue, tax-free online shopping is becoming a target increasingly being focused in the crosshairs, reports the Associated Press (AP). Billions of dollars annually are bypassing the reach of state taxing agencies after the 1992 Supreme Court ruling prohibiting a state from forcing businesses to collect sales taxes when the store has no physical site located in that state. The exact amount of uncollected taxes from online sales is unknown but...

2011-02-24 15:32:28

Researchers conduct first-ever genetic sequencing of harmful algal blooms A team involving University of Tennessee, Knoxville, researchers has conducted the first-ever genetic sequencing of a harmful algal bloom (HAB) species, cracking the genome of the micro-organism responsible for the Eastern Seaboard's notorious brown tides. Brown tides decimated the scallop industries of New York and New Jersey in the 1980s and 1990s and continue to plague the waters off North America and South Africa....

2011-02-17 17:08:00

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is launching an academic unit that seeks to transform the energy industry in our country and the world, as well as the state and local economies. Called the UT/ORNL Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education (CIRE), CIRE will train scientists to take on the world's most challenging energy problems by working with...

2011-02-16 12:58:47

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, researchers have found that blue-green algae may be responsible for producing an estrogen-like compound in the environment which could disrupt the normal activity of reproductive hormones University of Tennessee, Knoxville, researchers have found that blue-green algae may be responsible for producing an estrogen-like compound in the environment which could disrupt the normal activity of reproductive hormones and adversely affect fish, plants and human...

2011-02-07 21:31:16

Neutron scattering analysis of two families of iron-based materials suggests that the magnetic interactions thought responsible for high-temperature superconductivity may lie "two doors down": The key magnetic exchange pairings occur in a next-nearest-neighbor ordering of atoms, rather than adjacent atoms. Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, using the Spallation Neutron Source's ARCS Wide Angular Range Chopper Spectrometer,...