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ORNL researchers using ultrasounds to test battery health

You’ve heard of an ultrasound. You’ve probably had one if you had a baby. Now instead of using ultrasounds to see inside the human body, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are using them to check the health of batteries. Now, we’re not talking about the AA batteries you…

What do you want to create? Knox Makers has the space and tools for you

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA On a Tuesday night in a basement in South Knoxville, a man named Joe wearing a garbage bag as an apron steps up to a podium holding four papier-mâché masks. Joe has had one of those masks for 40 years and made them…

Nominate a leader for the Tom Ballard Advanced Energy Leadership Award

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA I asked Tom Ballard how many awards he has named after him, and he promised me it’s “only two.” The first is the “Ballard Innovation Award” from PYA, which awards cash and services to budding start-ups. That application will open up in a few months. Ballard’s second…

Americans sent trillions of text messages in 2021, new CTIA report finds

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA Yep, you read that headline right. Trillions. That’s one of many takeaways from the recently released 2022 Annual Survey by CTIA. The group, which goes only by its initials now but stood for the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association, represents the wireless communication industries in the…

Let Her Speak launches podcast to share women’s voices and stories

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA “You’re listening to She Speaks, a Let Her Speak podcast that celebrates women’s fearlessness, resiliency, and readiness to change the world.” That’s how episode one of this brand new podcast starts. And if that doesn’t get you pumped to support women, we’re not sure what will.…

UT Space Institute receives funding from Space Force’s Phase I STTR program

Another member of the University of Tennessee System (UT) will soon receive funding through a recently awarded Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I grant, this time from the United States Space Force. This funding was won by the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) and NearSpace Launch (NSL) during the…

UTK professors’ proposal receives funding from NASA’s Phase II STTR program

Two faculty members at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) are receiving funding from NASA for research into a 3D printing project. A proposal written by Associate Professor Brett Compton, Assistant Professor Damiano Baccarella, and industry partner re:3D, Inc. has been awarded funding through NASA’s Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program.…

Innov865 Week 2022 wraps up after 23 events, countless connections

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA Eight days, 23 events, hundreds of people, and countless networking connections later, Innov865 Week 2022 comes to a close. The most involved year yet kicked off with the three-day Maker City Summit at the Maker Exchange. The seventh annual event but the first…

KUB prepares to launch community solar power this winter

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA What once was just green is now making Knoxville greener. If you’ve driven on I-40 recently between I-640 and Alcoa Highway, you may have noticed an empty field off the roadway suddenly holds an array of solar panels. That’s a collection of about…