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DOE

Final deal on K-25 MOA reportedly close

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Mike Koentop on Monday evening said the Department of Energy had received all the necessary signatures except one for the final Memorandum of Agreement on the K-25 mitigation plan with preservation parties...8/7

Cheaper, Lighter Electric Vehicle Batteries in the Works

(Environment News Service) Nine experimental electric vehicle battery projects have been chosen for investment by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)...8/7

State & Regional

JuszkiewiczGibson Guitar CEO rips government on Twitter

(The Tennessean) Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz struck a defiant tone with angry remarks via Twitter and on his corporate website hours after federal authorities announced an agreement with the legendary guitar maker in which Gibson acknowledged it had illegally imported endangered woods...8/8

National

Egypt launches air strikes on militants in Sinai

(Reuters) Egyptian aircraft struck at targets near the border with Israel on Wednesday and troops raided villages in a crackdown on Islamic militants blamed for a deadly attack on Egyptian border police, army officials and witnesses said...8/8

Syrian FightingSyria instability leaves U.S. at crossroad

(Washington Post) While some U.S. officials, particularly inside the State Department, are pushing for more direct assistance to the Syrian opposition, for now, administration policy remains focused on nonlethal aid and planning for the day after the fall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad...8/7

East Tennessee

Knoxville City Council OKs $200K incentive to keep Kimberly-Clark in town

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Knoxville City Council approved an incentive worth $200,000 for Kimberly-Clark Corp. to stay in town. "We'll have that presence of a Fortune 500 company and knowing that Knoxville is a business-friendly place," said Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis as council voted unanimously for the offer...8/8

energy & science policy

Lawmakers urge Obama admin to approve natural gas exports

(Reuters) U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday ratcheted up pressure on the Obama administration to speed approval for companies to export natural gas arguing it would help relieve a glut that has dampened output of the fuel...8/7

science & technology

Matt RavosaShedding New Light On How Jaws Evolve

(Science Daily) If you're looking for information on the evolution and function of jaws, University of Notre Dame researcher Matt Ravosa is your man...His integrative research program investigates major adaptive and morphological transformations in the mammalian musculoskeletal system during development and across higher-level groups...8/7

Russian Booster Rocket Fails to Deliver Satellites

(New York Times) A Russian booster rocket carrying two telecommunications satellites malfunctioned during a launching early Tuesday, failing to deliver the satellites into their proper orbit and rendering them useless and unsalvageable...8/7

Two UT Scientists to Begin Searching for Potential Habitats for Life on Mars

(Tennessee Today) NASA's Curiosity rover is scheduled to land on Mars Sunday night. Then, the work will begin for two University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professors searching for potentially habitable environments on the red planet. Linda Kah and Jeffrey Moersch, associate professors in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, are an integral part of the NASA team working on the rover...8/3

Other Stories

A year after downgrade, S&P's view on Washington unchanged

(USA Today) Last August, a previously unknown English-lit major turned government-bond expert named John Chambers was the man on the spot. A year after Chambers led Standard & Poor's move to cut the USA's AAA debt rating for the first time ever, he still is...8/7

Memo could sink Samsung’s case against Apple

(Fox News) The second week of the Apple vs. Samsung case began with a bang yesterday, courtesy of a 2010 memo written by Samsung’s own president of mobile electronics. In it, J.K. Shin repeatedly calls for a drastic improvement to the design of the company’s phones — and he repeatedly points out the iPhone as the standard to be met...8/7