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    Nanowerk Nanotechnology Research News

  • New synthesis method may shape future of nanostructures, clean energy

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    Physicists has published new advances that they say make possible new nanostructures and nanotechnologies with huge potential applications ranging from clean energy and quantum computing advances to new sensor development.
  • Switching to copper catalysts makes solar cells cheaper

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    The chemical stew that makes it possible is a mix of copper nitrate, phosphorous acid, hydrogen fluoride and water. When applied to a silicon wafer, the phosphorus acid reduces the copper ions to copper nanoparticles.
  • Accounting for biological aggregation in heating and imaging of magnetic nanoparticles

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Biological aggregation is a critical, yet often overlooked factor in the medical application of nanoparticles. Here scientists systematically characterize the effects of aggregation on both radiofrequency heating and magnetic resonance image (MRI) contrast of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles, including detailed analysis of the aggregate morphologies based on quasi-fractal descriptions.
  • Single laser stops molecular tumbling motion instantly

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    In the quantum world, making the simple atom behave is one thing, but making the more complex molecule behave is another story. Now scientists have figured out an elegant way to stop a molecule from tumbling so that its potential for new applications, such as quantum computing, can be harnessed: shine a single laser on a trapped molecule and it instantly cools to the temperature of outer space, stopping the rotation of the molecule.
  • Nano-forests to reveal secrets of cells

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:54 am
    Vertical nanowires could be used for detailed studies of what happens on the surface of cells. The findings are important for pharmaceuticals research, among other applications.
 
 
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  • Pioneer strategy for creating new materials

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    Making something new is never easy. Scientists constantly theorize about new materials, but when the material is manufactured it doesn't always work as expected. To create a new strategy for designing materials, scientists combined two different approaches at two different facilities to synthesize new materials. This new strategy gives faster feedback on what growth schemes are best, thus shortening the timeframe to manufacture a new, stable material for energy transport and conversion applications.
  • Copper shines as flexible conductor

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    By turning instead to copper, both abundant and cheap, researchers have developed a way of making flexible conductors cost-effective enough for commercial application.
  • Simpler process to grow germanium nanowires could improve lithium-ion batteries

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Researchers have developed what they call “a simple, one-step method” to grow nanowires of germanium from an aqueous solution. Their process could make it more feasible to use germanium in lithium-ion batteries.
  • Plug 'n' play protein crystals

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    Almost a hundred years ago in 1929 Linus Pauling presented the famous Pauling’s Rules to describe the principles governing the structure of complex ionic crystals. These rules essentially describe how the arrangement of atoms in a crystal is critically dependent on the size of the atoms, their charge and type of bonding. According to scientists today, similar rules can be applied to prepare ionic colloidal crystals consisting of oppositely charged proteins and virus particles.
  • Watching the structure of glass under pressure

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    Glass has many applications that call for different properties, such as resistance to thermal shock or to chemically harsh environments. Glassmakers commonly use additives such as boron oxide to tweak these properties by changing the atomic structure of glass. Now researchers have for the first time captured atoms in borosilicate glass flipping from one structure to another as it is placed under high pressure.
 
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  • DARPA announces new program on nanoscale assembly and integration

    Jim Lewis
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Image courtesy of DARPA One of the most innovative funding agencies has announced a new program aimed at assembling three-dimensional systems from the “atomic scale.” DARPA will explain the new initiative in a webinar on September 9 and 11. Deadline for registering is September 5 at 5 PM Eastern time for US citizens; see the DARPA site for non-US citizen registration info. Those of us who pursue atomically-precise manufacturing will want to view this webinar http://www.darpa.mil/NewsEvents/Releases/2014/08/22.aspx: ATOMS TO PRODUCT: AIMING TO MAKE NANOSCALE BENEFITS LIFE-SIZED New…
  • What kind of nanomachines will advanced nanotechnology use?

    Jim Lewis
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Dr. Richard Jones Long-term readers of Nanodot will be familiar with the work of Richard Jones, a UK physicist and author of Soft Machines: Nanotechnology and Life, reviewed in Foresight Update Number 55 (2005) page 10. Basically Jones follows Eric Drexler’s lead in Engines of Creation in arguing that the molecular machinery found in nature provides an existence proof of an advanced nanotechnology of enormous capabilities. However, he cites the very different physics governing biomolecular machinery operating in an aqueous environment on the one hand, and macroscopic machine tools of…
  • Seeing and touching a single synthetic molecular machine

    Jim Lewis
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Schematic illustration for single-molecule motion capturing and manipulation of 1-nm sized synthetic molecular machine by optical microscopy using a bead probe. A large bead attached to the rotor part of the synthetic molecular bearing (double decker porphyrin) traces its motion. credit Tomohiro Ikeda Molecular machines are a central component of efforts to develop atomically precise manufacturing. Optical microscopy and optical trap manipulation of single molecules, made possible by attachment of micrometer-scale beads, have facilitated greater understanding of the workings of biomolecular…
  • Recent cases of 'accessible' high-tech: Open source chips & Origami robots

    Stephanie C
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    From MegaOm.com: "An origami robot transforming from flat to 3D. Photo courtesy of Seth Kroll, Wyss Institute." Nanotech promises more commonplace access to advanced technology as material and fabrication costs fall and traditional barriers to innovation are removed. Examples are already being seen globally: more access to laptops and cell phones in developing countries, desktop 3D printers, a surge in establishment of shared-use research facilities, etc. A couple recent cases getting attention on GigaOm.com include the latest release of RISC-based open source chip from UC Berkeley,…
  • Surprisingly real value from virtual reality

    Stephanie C
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Looks can be deceiving -- these gamers may be engaged in highly cooperative, albeit remote, team objectives. Credit: Reuters Speaking of big computation, cyberspace isn’t yet as potent as Neal Stephenson portrayed in Snow Crash and subsequent books, but it’s getting there. A new article in the Wall Street Journal online titled Can World of Warcraft Game Skills Help Land a Job? states that some job seekers are adding gaming skills to their resumes to indicate their ability to work productively in large, remote teams: Gamers’ ability to accomplish complex tasks across virtual teams…
 
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  • Nanodiamonds are forever

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new study focuses on the character and distribution of nanodiamonds across 50 million square kilometers of the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Competition for graphene

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Berkeley Lab reports the first experimental observation of ultrafast charge transfer in photo-excited MX2 materials, the graphene-like two-dimensional semiconductors. Charge transfer time clocked in at under 50 femtoseconds, comparable to the fastest times recorded for organic photovoltaics.
  • A breakthrough in imaging gold nanoparticles to atomic resolution by electron microscopy

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nanometer-scale gold particles are intensively investigated for application as catalysts, sensors, drug delivery devices, biological contrast agents and components in photonics and molecular electronics.
  • Shaping the future of nanocrystals

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Berkeley Lab researchers have recorded the first direct observations of how facets form and develop on platinum nanocubes in solution, pointing the way towards more sophisticated and effective nanocrystal design and revealing that a nearly 150 year-old scientific law describing crystal growth breaks down at the nanoscale.
  • Graphene rubber bands could stretch limits of current healthcare, new research finds

    24 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    New research published today in the journal ACS Nano identifies a new type of sensor that can monitor body movements and could help revolutionise healthcare.
 
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    Nano News Net

  • What You Should Know About Using Garcinia Cambogia Extract

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    23 Aug 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Garcinia Cambogia is a type of plant that can be found in Africa and southeast Asia. It has been around for quite some time, but in recent years it has gained quite a reputation for its uses as a miracle weight loss supplement. Garcinia Cambogia Extract has been endorsed by celebrities like Dr. Oz, Britney Spears, and Oprah, fueling the consumer craze for this product. The reason that this product is so effective as a weight loss aid is that garcinia cambogia actually works in two different ways at the same time. Firstly, it lessens your appetite, allowing you to feel full while eating less.
  • Goji Extract Do You Are It Daily

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    12 Jun 2014 | 3:18 am
    It is well known that Goji berries have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory structures. Milk thistle supplements are used in liver cleansing the part of detoxing your body. Here is an explained the best milk thistle supplements inside the marketplace. You can buy any people supplements in cyberspace or neighborhood health food store. Another benefit this kind of extract has is it may dr oz weight loss garcinia help to alter the body’s temperature, which means it will be good idea to give this to a person who was sick and suffering after a fever and/or chills. Furthermore, it contains an…
 
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    TINC's Posts - The International NanoScience Community

  • REMINDER: PhD School on TEM, AES and SIMS techniques + Plasma module (open to PhD students and scientists working in industry)

    TINC
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    In close collaboration with the University of Luxembourg, the Centre de Recherche Public (CRP) - Gabriel Lippmann will organize its 10th edition of the PhD School "Nanoanalysis using finely focused ion and electron beams (Nanobeams) " from 17th-21st November 2014 in Belvaux, Luxembourg. The following topics are addressed during the lectures and practical sessions: · Introduction to “Nanoanalysis using finely focused ion and electron beams”· Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (fundamentals, instrumentation and applications)· Transmission Electron Microscopy (fundamentals, instrumentation…
  • Bertalan Meskó - The Guide to the Future of Medicine: Technology AND The Human Touch

    TINC
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Congratulation to Bertalan Meskó, MD, PhD and thanks for mentioning Nanopaprika - The International NanoScience Community in this important book
  • Nanotech Journal Club: Extracellular entrapment and degradation of single-walled carbon nanotubes

    TINC
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Extracellular entrapment and degradation of single-walled carbon nanotubes Consol Farrera, Kunal Bhattacharya, Beatrice Lazzaretto, Fernando T. Andón, Kjell Hultenby, Gregg P. Kotchey, Alexander Star, Bengt Fadee Division of Molecular Toxicology, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, 171 77 Stockholm, Sweden Neutrophils extrude neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) consisting of a network of chromatin decorated with antimicrobial proteins to enable non-phagocytic killing of microorganisms. Here, utilizing a model of ex vivo activated human neutrophils, we present…
  • Postdoctoral in STM at Washington State

    TINC
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    A postdoctoral position working in experimental scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is available at Washington State University.  The successful candidate will be working with Professors Ursula Mazur and K W Hipps on projects supported by the U S National Science Foundation.  Applicants must have a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, or a closely related discipline.  Excellent spoken and written English is required.  STM experience is desirable, but not required.  The initial appointment will be for one year, but an extension is possible by mutual agreement.  The position is…
  • Research Associate Senior - “RNA Nanotechnology in Cancer Therapy” - The University of Kentucky

    TINC
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    The Research Associate will be working on the projects supported by the NCI Cancer Nanotechnology Platform Partnerships (CNPP) Program of “RNA Nanotechnology in Cancer Therapy”. The Research Associate will report directly to the PI of the CNPP. Major responsibilities include designing and performing research experiments, analyzing experimental data, preparing scientific publications. The Research Associate is expected to assist in preparation of grant proposals and progress reports, as well as to develop new projects and apply for funding support. This individual will also be responsible…
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    EDF Health

  • Only a 2-month wait, down from 28 years: New EPA risk assessments find paint stripper chemicals pose significant health risks

    Richard Denison
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D. is a Lead Senior Scientist.  In June, I blogged about the first final risk assessment EPA had issued in 28 years using its authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), for the solvent trichloroethylene (TCE).  Happily, we only had to wait two months for EPA’s TSCA office to issue final risk assessments for three more chemicals One of the three is dichloromethane (DCM), also known as methylene chloride.  DCM is a common ingredient of paint strippers, the use on which EPA’s risk assessment focused.  As with TCE, EPA found DCM-laden…
  • Nothing is forever – and chemical industry trade secret claims shouldn’t be an exception

    Richard Denison
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D. is a Lead Senior Scientist.  A coalition of health, labor, environmental and environmental justice groups (including EDF), represented by Earthjustice, filed a petition today with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that requests EPA establish a limit on how long information on chemicals submitted and claimed confidential by the chemical industry under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) can be protected from disclosure. The petition asks EPA to close a loophole in its current regulations that by default grants indefinite protection for…
  • Twice in 2 weeks: National Academy of Sciences again strongly affirms federal government’s science, agrees formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen

    Richard Denison
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D. is a Lead Senior Scientist.  Just last week I blogged that a panel of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) had fully backed the National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) listing of styrene as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” Today a separate NAS panel strongly endorsed NTP’s listing of formaldehyde as a “known human carcinogen” in its 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC).  As with styrene, this second NAS panel both peer-reviewed the RoC listing and conducted its own independent review of the formaldehyde literature – and in…
  • National Academy of Sciences strongly affirms science showing styrene is a human carcinogen

    Richard Denison
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D. is a Lead Senior Scientist.  It’s been a ridiculously long road to get here, because of the delay tactics of the chemical industry.  But yesterday a panel of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) fully backed the National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) listing of styrene as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” We have blogged earlier about this saga.  In June 2011, after years of delay, the NTP released its Congressionally mandated 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC), in which it upgraded formaldehyde to the status of “known to be…
  • New bill puts BPA back in the spotlight

    Sarah Vogel
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    By Sarah VogelSarah Vogel, Ph.D. is Director of EDF's Health Program. The hotly debated chemical BPA is back in the policy spotlight. This week Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass) joined Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and Grace Meng (D-NY) to announce the Ban Poisonous Additives (BPA) Act.  The bill would ban the use of BPA or bisphenol A from food packaging and mandates extensive consideration of the hazardous properties of any BPA alternative, so as to avoid substituting chemicals that may pose just as many health risks (as increasingly it appears to be with the case of the common BPA…
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    Metamodern

  • Recovering ancient voices from clay pots

    Eric Drexler
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    MIT reports recovering voices from high-frame-rate video of a potato-chip bag, extracting information from vibrational displacements as small as 1/100 of a pixel. This reminds me of an idea floated decades ago by the fictional character Daedelus in a now-defunct column in Nature: Recover ancient voices from pots by reading the tiny ripples left by vibration of the potters’ fingers. The potter’s voice, in particular, should leave a substantial trace. Putting some numbers to this: Clay particles are typically in the micron to sub-micron range. Clay speed w.r.t. a potter’s finger is ~1…
  • Vital national interests will change. Perceptions may not.

    Eric Drexler
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    As a century-or-so update to To War for Trade? — 3 August 1914 (UK), I note more recent US defense policy: Quadrennial Defense Review – May 1997 Section III: Defense Strategy When the interests at stake are vital…we should do whatever it takes to defend them, including, when necessary, the unilateral use of military power. U.S. vital national interests include, but are not limited to: protecting the sovereignty, territory, and population of the United States…. ensuring uninhibited access to key markets, energy supplies, and strategic resources…. In the foreseeable…
  • To War for Trade? — 3 August 1914

    Eric Drexler
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    Edward Grey, to Parliament re. the wisdom of joining in what later became known as World War I: “…let us assume that consequences which are not yet foreseen and which, perfectly legitimately consulting her own interests — make Italy depart from her attitude of neutrality at a time when we are forced in defence of vital British interest ourselves to fight — what then will be the position in the Mediterranean? It might be that at some critical moment those consequences would be forced upon us because our trade routes in the Mediterranean might be vital to this country?”…
  • Gmail interface horror

    Eric Drexler
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Accidentally sending an unfinished, unedited email can be a really big mistake, so one wouldn’t want to make this mistake really, really easy… Here is the button-filled corner of the “Reply” edit window in Gmail. Note the a measurement added in red: Is there any imaginable excuse for placing the Send button just 10 pixels away from the Formatting options button? A button that gets clicked while you’re still editing? Is it because someone thought it looked pretty? Calling Google… Hello?
  • Keynote at TVC 2014

    Eric Drexler
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    Sorry for the late mention, but last week I gave a talk at the Technology Ventures Conference at the University of Cambridge. The organizers promise to post a video. The conference was a lot of fun. I don’t know where else I’d have an opportunity to discuss nanotechnology, additive manufacturing, Haskell, and medicine all in the same day. The theme of the conference was “Moonshot Thinking”, which let me place nanotechnology in the context of space systems engineering and the modes of thought and problem formulation that I learned in the AeroAstro department at MIT. The great gap in…
 
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    Soft Machines

  • Transhumanism has never been modern

    Richard Jones
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Transhumanists are surely futurists, if they are nothing else. Excited by the latest developments in nanotechnology, robotics and computer science, they fearlessly look ahead, projecting consequences from technology that are more transformative, more far-reaching, than the pedestrian imaginations of the mainstream. And yet, their ideas, their motivations, do not come from nowhere. They have deep roots, perhaps surprising roots, and following those intellectual trails can give us some important insights into the nature of transhumanism now. From antecedents in the views of the early 20th…
  • Rebuilding the UK’s innovation economy

    Richard Jones
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:22 am
    The UK’s innovation system is currently under-performing; the amount of resource devoted to private sector R&D has been too low compared to competitors for many years, and the situation shows no sign of improving. My last post discussed the changes in the UK economy that have led us to this situation, which contributes to the deep-seated problems of the UK economy of very poor productivity performance and persistent current account deficits. What can we do to improve things? Here I suggest three steps. 1. Stop making things worse. Firstly, we should recognise the damage that has been…
  • Business R&D is the weak link in the UK’s innovation system

    Richard Jones
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    What’s wrong with the UK’s innovation system is not that we don’t have a strong science base, or even that there isn’t the will to connect the science base to the companies and entrepreneurs who might want to use its outputs. The problem is that our economy isn’t assigning enough resource to pulling through the fruits of the science base into technological innovations, the innovation that will create new products and services, bring economic growth, and help solve some of the biggest social problems we face. The primary symptom of the problem is the UK’s very poor…
  • Surely there’s more to science than money?

    Richard Jones
    15 Jun 2014 | 12:37 pm
    How can we justify spending taxpayers’ money on science when there is so much pressure to cut public spending, and so many other popular things to spend the money on, like the National Health Service? People close to the policy-making process tend to stress that if you want to persuade HM Treasury of the need to fund science, there’s only one argument they will listen to – that science spending will lead to more economic growth. Yet the economic instrumentalism of this argument grates for many people. Surely it must be possible to justify the elevated pursuit of knowledge in less…
  • Spin-outs and venture capital won’t fill the pharma R&D gap

    Richard Jones
    31 May 2014 | 6:53 am
    Now that Pfizer has, for the moment, been rebuffed in its attempt to take over AstraZeneca, it’s worth reflecting on the broader issues this story raised about the pharmaceutical industry in particular and technological innovation more generally. The political attention focused on the question of industrial R&D capacity was very welcome; this was the subject of my last post – Why R&D matters. Less has been said about the broader problems of innovation in the pharmaceutical industry, which I discussed in an earlier post – Decelerating change in the pharmaceutical…
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    Next Big Future

  • 3D printed concrete castle and plans to create and sell a concrete printer kit for about $30,000 to $50,000 that can print two story houses

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:08 pm
    [In Minnesota, contractor Andrey Rudenko is currently working on a project of gargantuan proportions that seems to be stretching and exploring the limits of 3D printing technology. Using a printer that was substantially modified and expanded, he has printed a concrete castle in his own backyard. And at 3 by 5 meters, this concrete structure is the world's first 3D printed concrete castle, and one of the largest objects that has, up till now, ever printed with 3D printing technology.The project and plans were written up at 3ders.org.Contour crafting has been under development for several…
  • Carnival of Space 369

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    The Carnival of Space 369 is up at Urban Astronomer.[Universe Today] - Most scientists can see, hear, smell, touch or even taste their research. But astronomers can only study light — photons traveling billions of light-years across the cosmos before getting scooped up by an array of radio dishes or a single parabolic mirror orbiting the Earth.Read more »
  • Nanoscale metallic nanoparticle arrays can create super high resolution holograms for information storage and 3D displays

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Holograms made of tiny particles of silver could double the amount of information that can be stored in digital optical devices, such as sensors, displays and medical imaging devices. Researchers from the University of Cambridge have developed a new method for making multi-coloured holograms from a thin film of silver nanoparticles, which could greatly increase the storage capabilities of typical optical storage devices.The interference produced by the interaction of light with the nanoparticles allows the holograms to go beyond the normal limits of diffraction, or the way in which waves…
  • New Novartis Heart Failure Drug LCZ696 is 20% better than the current best drug and could save the world $20 billion and save hundreds of thousand of lives each year

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Novartis revealed that its investigational heart failure medicine, LCZ696, was superior to ACE-inhibitor enalapril [current gold standard heart failure treatment] on key endpoints in the largest heart failure study ever done. In PARADIGM-HF patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HF-REF) who were given LCZ696 were more likely to be alive and less likely to have been hospitalized for sudden deterioration of their heart failure than those given ACE-inhibitor enalapril. Patients received LCZ696 or enalapril on top of current best treatment.The LCZ696 study, involving involved…
  • Aquarius a nuclear thermal rocket that uses water heated to over 3000 degrees celsius to solve many human interplanetary transportation issues

    31 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    The Space Enterprise Institute has a proposed design for a reusable interplanetary transport.Attributes of a reusable interplanetary human spaceflight transport are proposed and applied to example transits between the Earth/Moon system and Deimos, the outer moon of Mars. Because the transport is 54% water by mass at an interplanetary departure, it is christened Aquarius. In addition to supporting crew hydration/hygiene, water aboard Aquarius serves as propellant and as enhanced crew habitat radiation shielding during interplanetary transit. Key infrastructure and technology supporting…
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  • Harvard study flags housing shortfalls for nation's elderly and disabled

    Thomas Grillo
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    America’s seniors are in the midst of unprecedented growth in numbers, but the country is not prepared to meet the housing needs of this aging group, concludes a new report released today by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP Foundation. “Housing America’s Older Adults: Meeting the Needs of An Aging Population,” reports that the number of adults in the U.S. aged 50 and over is expected to grow to 132 million by 2030, an increase of more than 70 percent since 2000.…
  • Biotech's biggest stock gainers and losers this summer in Massachusetts

    Don Seiffert
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    Let’s say the last time you were paying close attention to what’s going on at local publicly traded biotech firms, it was the Friday before Memorial Day and you were headed to Cape Cod. And let's say that, at least mentally, you never really left the Cape until this morning. In today’s roundup of the biggest stock gainers and losers, I have decided to cater to everyone who’s kept half an eye (or less) on the Massachusetts biotech scene over the summer, checking the headlines from an iPad…
  • Church of Scientology inks lease in Quincy amid HQ delays in South End

    Thomas Grillo
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    The Boston Church of Scientology has signed a two-year lease in a 14,400-square-foot space at 1515 Hancock St. in Quincy Center, a move triggered by its delayed effort to restore its planned home in the former Alexandra Hotel in Boston’s South End. Last year, the church sold its regional headquarters at 448 Beacon St. in Boston to the Congress Group for $10.5 million. At the time, Kevin Hall, a church spokesman, said it planned to remain in the Back Bay building for up to a year during renovations…
  • OvaScience advances fertility treatments quickly outside the U.S.

    Don Seiffert
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    There are two keys to understanding Ovascience’s plan to revolutionize the treatment of infertility. One is that there haven’t been any significant improvements upon in vitro fertilization in more than two decades. The other is that most of the demand for such treatments are outside the United States. On Friday, a profile I wrote of OvaScience’s chief scientific officer, Arthur Tzianabos, was published, focusing mostly on his own close-knit family and how he came to medicine, biotech and…
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. hire former State Street exec as CEO

    Mary Moore
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts has named former State Street Corporation (NYSE:STT) executive Patricia Parcellin as its new CEO, a permanent replacement for Ruth Bramson, who retired from the organization last December. Parcellin, who was a Girl Scout during her childhood in Malden, begins in her new position today. Pamela Salkovitz, who stepped in to serve as the Girl Scouts interim CEO last January after Bramson announced her departure, plans to return to her role on the organization’s…
 
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