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A Vanderbilt researcher is looking to an unlikely drug in the ongoing fight to stop Alzheimer’s disease in its initial stages.

Emily Siner / WPLN

For such a small school, Fisk University attracts a lot of funding for scientific research.

This is the second year in a row that it's been ranked in the top five liberal arts schools in the country in terms of research dollars, according to Washington Monthly's rankings. It's in part due to the historically black college's efforts to recruit faculty who embrace the school's focus on students but still win big grants.

TenneSwim

A scientist who happens to be a world-class distance swimmer has traveled the length of the Tennessee River — all 652 miles of it, through multiple states.

Emily Siner / WPLN

There was a highly anticipated announcement yesterday after months of little information — and no, we're not talking about Taylor Swift's new album.

Google Fiber told residents of Sylvan Park that its gigabit speed service is finally available. But even for some Fiber fans, the wait proved too long, especially as other telecomm companies lined up for their business.

Taylor Slifko / APSU

One of the universities closest to the center of totality will document how animals on campus will react to the sudden darkness of Monday's total solar eclipse.

Researchers from Austin Peay State University's agriculture department will record observations on university cattle, bees and crickets.

Rick Fienberg / TravelQuest International / Wilderness Travel

The eclipse passing over Nashville in less than two weeks seems to have everyone's attention now.

But we know there are some of you out there that still just don’t understand what all the hype is about. That’s why we’re going back to the basics: answering five questions that you may have felt too afraid to ask at this point.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory hope a new federal grant will help them turn plants into fuel. The Department of Energy announced this week that it's providing $12 million next year to the lab in East Tennessee, with the potential for more than $100 million over the next five years. 

U.S. Department of Energy

What might be the most ambitious health care data analysis to date is happening in East Tennessee.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is working through a massive batch of records from the Department of Veterans Affairs — the records that VA doctors keep on their more than 22 million patients. About a quarter of a million veterans have also donated their genome sequence — basically, their DNA — to the VA, which has been handed over to the national lab.

Emily Siner / WPLN

In the era of Facebook Live and other on-demand video, it's perhaps no surprise that the largest celestial event in America this summer will be live-streamed. Students from Vanderbilt University will launch a high-altitude weather balloon — connected to a video camera — to send images of the total solar eclipse back to NASA on Aug. 21.

Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

Local tech startups are more popular than ever — with investors outside of Tennessee, that is.

Data that tracks capital investment trends in the last five years show a steady rise in funding from out-of-state backers. But funding from investors in Tennessee hasn’t seen the same growth. 

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