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A new survey on broadband Internet, commissioned by the state's economic development office, has a simple takeaway: High-speed internet access is good for business, and Tennessee needs more of it. 

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center is trying to solve a problem that is currently hindering research: how to get enough participants — especially from minority groups — to take part in clinical trials. 

The National Institutes of Health recently awarded Vanderbilt a $14 million grant to help researchers around the country find more people to study. By some estimates, more than a third of clinical trials have to stop because there aren't enough participants, says Consuelo Wilkins, a joint professor at Vanderbilt and Meharry Medical College.

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One of the newest elements on the periodic table could soon be named "tennessine," in honor of the state's role in helping to discover it six years ago.

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, which oversees the periodic table, announced the tentative names of four new elements Wednesday morning — including element 117, tennessine.

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For seven music technology startups working in Nashville this year, last Monday marked a big day: Pitch Day. That's when their founders and CEOs courted investors with snazzy slideshows and pithy presentations.

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After months of secrecy about when and where Google Fiber would launch in Nashville, the telecom company announced this morning that Fiber is now available in four luxury apartment and condo buildings in Midtown and the Gulch.

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When Michael Goldfarb started working on exoskeletons in the early '90s, they were a long way from being usable in everyday life. 

But 20 years later, a device that allows people in wheelchairs to walk — developed in his lab at Vanderbilt University — got FDA approval in early March.

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A disease outbreak is a concept so terrifying that it's inspired countless scary movies. Consider, for example, the 2002 horror film 28 Days Later, when a highly contagious virus is released and turns most of the world's population into zombies.

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Google Fiber announced Wednesday that it will provide free Internet at gigabit-speeds to families in Nashville’s public housing complexes.

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The Madison man known as “The Blood Guy” for his record-setting blood donations and for his work at the Nashville office of the Red Cross has retired. Nathan Baker, 62, has given 68 gallons of blood — and counting.

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Some people have genetic diseases so rare or unusual that doctors can't even diagnose them.

This means, a patient comes in with problems — sometimes several serious, seemingly unrelated problems — and no one can figure out what gene is causing it. It can be frustrating, if not downright scary, for someone whose health is at stake.