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2010-10-29 11:04:00

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. and OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A local renaissance in classical, opera, jazz and folk music supports the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley® claim as "Tennessee's Other Music Capital." Knoxville has become hip, and that's good news for the region's quality of life and for the economic development community's efforts to recruit new businesses and retain young professionals and recent college grads. The area's music scene has...

2010-10-22 18:56:58

When the gap between the haves and have-nots gets larger, a University of Tennessee professor has found that the poor would rather the government not intervene to help them When the gap between the haves and have-nots gets larger, one would think the have-nots would want more help, most likely in the form of government programs, to fight rising inequities. Not so, says Nate Kelly, assistant professor of political science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Kelly, along with Peter Enns...

2010-10-19 17:13:22

Gordon Burghardt, a psychology professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, finds many animals -- not just dogs, cats, and monkeys -- need a little play time Seeing a child or a dog play is not a foreign sight. But what about a turtle or even a wasp? Apparently, they play, too. In fact, according to Gordon Burghardt, a psychology professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, many animals -- not just dogs, cats, and monkeys -- need a little play time. "I studied the behavior of...

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2010-10-05 15:07:29

By installing wireless sensors and replacing faulty traps along the 12 miles of steam lines at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, officials expect to save as much as $675,000 per year. With 1,600 steam traps, which normally open slightly to discharge condensed steam with a negligible loss of live steam, the problem occurs when a trap fails and that failure goes undetected and unrepaired, said Teja Kuruganti, a member of the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division. Manual inspections of...

2010-09-22 13:19:17

If you are more inclined to love thyself than thy neighbor, it could be your mother's fault If you are more inclined to love thyself than thy neighbor, it could be your mother's fault. Those are the findings of Francisco Úbeda, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Úbeda, along with fellow evolutionary biologist Andy Gardner from Oxford University, examined the impact that...

2010-08-06 17:36:14

Researcher finds that cross-species transmission may have less to do with virus mutation and contact rates and more to do with host similarity HIV-AIDS. SARS. Ebola. Bird Flu. Swine Flu. Rabies. These are emerging infectious diseases where the viruses have jumped from one animal species into another and now infect humans. This is a phenomenon known as cross-species transmission (CST) and scientists are working to determine what drives it. Gary McCracken, a professor at the University of...

2010-07-21 23:00:27

Researchers find evidence that summer reading is key to maintaining or improving students' reading skills To children, the summer slide means water, garden hoses and slippery plastic sheets. To teachers, the "summer slide" is the noted decrease in reading skills after a vacation without books. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, faculty members Richard Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen have completed a three-year study showing a significantly higher level of reading achievement in students...

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2010-07-21 12:25:00

That dry, dusty moon overhead? Seems it isn't quite as dry as it's long been thought to be. Although you won't find oceans, lakes, or even a shallow puddle on its surface, a team of geologists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), working with colleagues at the University of Tennessee, has found structurally bound hydroxyl groups (i.e., water) in a mineral in a lunar rock returned to Earth by the Apollo program. Their findings are detailed in this week's issue of the journal...

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2010-07-20 09:20:00

When Mingjun Zhang was watching his son play in the yard, he was hit with a burning question: "What makes the ivy in his backyard cling to the fence so tightly?" That simple question has led to a pioneering discovery that the tiny particles secreted from ivy rootlets can be used in many breakthrough applications in items such as military technologies, medical adhesives and drug delivery, and, most recently, sun-block. Zhang, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University...

2010-06-18 10:03:00

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Signifying a new era in athletic field research focused on injury prevention, the University of Tennessee and AstroTurf® broke ground today on the Center for Safer Athletic Fields. The center is a comprehensive research initiative to improve athletic performance and reduce injuries that can occur on both natural and synthetic turf playing surfaces. Ceremonies were held at the research site located at the UT Institute of...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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