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VOL. 39 | NO. 9 | Friday, February 27, 2015

UT, Vanderbilt scientists are taking the science fiction out of invisibility

Ferris Hall is an unassuming brick building on the edge of the University of Tennessee’s College of Engineering campus and home to the Department of Materials Science Engineering. There, Drs. Ramki Kalyanaraman and Gerd Duscher have opened the door to applying the magic of Hogwarts to military camouflage, cancer treatment or even Halloween costumes for a new generation.

Vanderbilt's Valentine honored for cloaking research

Dr. Jason Valentine, assistant professor of both mechanical and electrical engineering at Vanderbilt University, got his start in cloaking research as a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley.

The science behind making the visible invisible

Researchers like Dr. Rami Kalyanaraman and Gerd Duscher, associate professors of materials science engineering at the University of Tennessee, could not develop cloaking devices or work to achieve true invisibility without the use of metamaterials. But what are these fancy new materials and how do they work?

Quick history of cloaking devices

Dr. Ramki Kalyanaraman, associate professor of materials science engineering, and his colleague Dr. Gerd Duscher at UT are not the only people working to develop cloaking technologies.

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EVENTS

Scientia Soirée – Eve of Innovation. This benefit for Adventure Science Center will stray from the usual black-tie formalities and, instead, will feature high-tech wearable fashion, electronic musical instruments not yet available to the public and more. Highlights will include: Infused-food stations, molecular gastronomy hors d’oeuvres and drinks, gravity-defying aerialists and LED-clad dancers, wearable technology and fashion, an art-meets-technology immersive experience in the Sudekum Planetarium, dancing. Saturday, 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $150. Information: www.adventuresci.org/scientia, 401-5067.

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VIEW FROM THE HILL

Kelsey’s new voucher plan looks a lot like Haslam’s

Momentum is building this session for voucher legislation that would allow state dollars to follow students from struggling public schools to private and religious institutions.

Bill requiring public vote for city borrowing opposed by cities

Legislation by Sen. Lee Harris requiring local governments to hold a referendum before they take on “extraordinary” debt could run into opposition from his own City Council and municipal leaders across Tennessee.

REALTY CHECK

Mayor’s race exposes unpleasant problems

In six weeks or so, the Greater Nashville area will learn what a snowmegeddon can do to area home sales.

REAL ESTATE

Top January 2015 commercial real estate transactions

Top January 2015 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

NEWSMAKERS

Bass, Berry & Sims adds public finance attorney

Charles “Chuck” A. Grice has been hired to the Public Finance team of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.

UT SPORTS

Lady Vols seem to be slipping off national stage

KNOXVILLE – There is a bronze statue of legendary Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt standing proudly across the street from Thompson-Boling Arena.

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Who needs a hybrid when there’s a diesel Jetta?

For 2015, Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicle, the Jetta compact sedan, builds on its fine road handling character and adds a nicer interior, freshened front and rear styling, new safety features and a more fuel thrifty diesel engine.

GUERRILLA MARKETING

Competing for the attention of reporters, editors

The press release was written with no mistakes, explaining all the virtues of your company’s remarkable product. It was sent to all the newspapers and TV stations, and you even managed to send it to select radio stations and bloggers.

CAREER CORNER

Looking for new job? Market yourself as a brand

When’s the last time you thought of yourself as a brand? If you were a car, would you be a Ford or a Mercedes? Would you be a SUV or a convertible?

I SWEAR

‘Parenthood’ wraps up in unconventional style

If there’s one adjective that does not fit “Parenthood,” NBC’s six-season series that shuttered its doors in January, it’s symmetrical. Great show! I hate to see it go. But it was out of balance. Always. And delightfully so.

KAY'S COOKING CORNER

Fajita nachos a chance to sample tomatillos

Fajitas and nachos. These are two of my favorite Mexican dishes, so why not combine them?

STATE LEGISLATURE

Tennessee public television stations to air legislative show

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee public television stations are airing a new show about the happenings in the state Legislature.

Bid to block health exchange in Tennessee seen as 'overkill'

NASHVILLE (AP) - Some Republican lawmakers still reveling in the recent defeat of a proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans are now setting their sights on 230,000 people enrolled through the federal health insurance exchange.

Tennessee GOP leader questions GM incentives amid VW union talks

NASHVILLE (AP) - State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said Thursday that it may have been "a mistake" for Tennessee to subsidize the development of the General Motors plant outside Nashville because it has a United Auto Workers union contract.

Tennessee Black Caucus seeks apology from GOP lawmaker

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus on Thursday called on Republican Rep. Sheila Butt to apologize for what they said was a racist Facebook post, and said she should be removed from her leadership position.

STATEWIDE

Tennessee exported record $33 billion in 2014

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee exported $33 billion worth of goods and services last year — a record amount for the fifth year in a row.

Potential GOP candidates for president head to Tennessee

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee is kicking off a steady stream of visits from potential Republican presidential candidates.

Tennessee Literacy Coalition closing in June

NASHVILLE (AP) — The director of the Tennessee Literacy Coalition says the nonprofit organization that has promoted reading education for over three decades will close this year.

REAL ESTATE

Signed contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign that home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year.

AUTO INDUSTRY

Volkswagen profits up 21 percent for full year

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German automaker Volkswagen says after-tax profits rose 21 percent for last year, to 11.1 billion euros ($12.4 billion).

Fiat Chrysler adds 467K SUVs to recall for possible stalling

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is adding more than 467,000 Dodge and Jeep SUVs worldwide to a recall from last year to fix a potential stalling problem.

TECHNOLOGY

'House of Cards' dealt Netflix a winning hand

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Even if it never wins another award, "House of Cards" already ranks among the most influential series in television history.

5 things to know about 'net neutrality'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Netflix, Twitter and Internet activists have won. Big cable has lost. At least until the federal courts get involved, when everything could change. Five things you need to know about the Federal Communications Commission's vote Thursday to enforce "net neutrality" rules for the broadband industry:

Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet activists declared victory over the nation's big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband service to prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.

FCC allows Internet providers owned by Chattanooga, other cities to expand

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission says city-owned broadband companies can expand and compete with commercial Internet providers.

HEALTH CARE

If Supreme Court says no: Losers in health insurance fight

CHICAGO (AP) — Millions of Americans have a big personal stake in next Wednesday's Supreme Court challenge to the nation's health care law: Can they legally continue to get subsidies to help pay for their insurance? If the court says no, people across more than 30 states could lose federal subsidies for their premiums.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Stocks slip after weaker growth, end best month since 2011

February proved to be a strong month for U.S. stocks, even though it ended in downbeat fashion.

US consumer sentiment slips in February on icy weather

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harsh winter weather left U.S. consumers feeling a bit less confident this month, the University of Michigan says. But confidence levels still remain at the highest level in eight years.

US economic growth in Q4 revised down to 2.2 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit.

Ag secretary: Smartphones could tell buyers what's in food

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone.

NATIONAL POLITICS

Some in GOP say DHS funding lapse not a big deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who ask what the fuss is all about.

Senate panel greenlights Obama's attorney general pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Loretta Lynch won approval from a key Senate committee Thursday to serve as the nation's next attorney general, as divided Republicans clashed over her support for President Barack Obama's immigration policies.

Boehner mum on DHS bill as partial shutdown approaches

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days before a partial agency shutdown, House Speaker John Boehner repeatedly refused Thursday to say if the House will vote on pending Senate legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security without challenging President Barack Obama's immigration policy.

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