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  • Solar cell researchers break the 'electrode barrier'

    Nanowerk Nanotechnology Research News
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    For decades, polymer scientists and synthetic chemists working to improve the power conversion efficiency of organic solar cells were hampered by the inherent drawbacks of commonly used metal electrodes, including their instability and susceptibility to oxidation. Now for the first time, researchers have developed a more efficient, easily processable and lightweight solar cell that can use virtually any metal for the electrode, effectively breaking the 'electrode barrier'.
  • Quick-change materials break the silicon speed limit for computers

    Nanowerk Nanotechnology Research News
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    Faster, smaller, greener computers, capable of processing information up to 1,000 times faster than currently available models, could be made possible by replacing silicon with materials that can switch back and forth between different electrical states.
  • The Pocket Project will develop a low-cost and accurate point-of-care test to diagnose Tuberculosis: ICN2 holds a follow-up meeting of the Project on September 18th - 19th

    Nanotechnology Now Recent News
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    •The Pocket Project, funded with 2.6 million Euro by the EU, is coordinated by Prof. Peter Bienstman of Ghent University (Belgium). •The test combines nanophotonic biosensors and novel selective an...
  • New Report on Printing Equipment for Printed Electronics

    AZoNano.com - Nanotechnology News Feed
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:16 am
    This unique report addresses the applications and technologies of printing, curing and key integration equipment that is enabling printed electronics. The report assesses the performance of each...
  • New microscopy technique yields fresh data on muscular dystrophy

    Nanotechnology News -- ScienceDaily
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    A new microscopy technique yields resolution an order of magnitude better than previously possible. Through this new technique, the researchers showed that dystrophin was responsible for regulating tiny molecular fluctuations in calcium channels while muscles are in use. The discovery suggests that a lack of functional dystrophin alters the dynamics of ion channels -- helping to cause the defective mechanical responses and the calcium imbalance that impair normal muscle activity in patients with muscular dystrophy.
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  • Quick-change materials break the silicon speed limit for computers

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    Faster, smaller, greener computers, capable of processing information up to 1,000 times faster than currently available models, could be made possible by replacing silicon with materials that can switch back and forth between different electrical states.
  • Graphene sensor tracks down cancer biomarkers

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    An ultrasensitive biosensor made from the wonder material graphene has been used to detect molecules that indicate an increased risk of developing cancer.
  • Startup scales up graphene production, develops biosensors and supercapacitors (w/video)

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    An official of a materials technology and manufacturing startup based on a Purdue University innovation says his company is addressing the challenge of scaling graphene production for commercial applications.
  • Experimenting with smartgel gelation

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:26 am
    Scientists are experimenting with a new method of gelation. They can add nanoparticles or biomolecules with useful pH, chemical, and temperature sensing properties into a liquid, but incorporating those liquids into existing technology proves difficult.
  • Solar cell researchers break the 'electrode barrier'

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    For decades, polymer scientists and synthetic chemists working to improve the power conversion efficiency of organic solar cells were hampered by the inherent drawbacks of commonly used metal electrodes, including their instability and susceptibility to oxidation. Now for the first time, researchers have developed a more efficient, easily processable and lightweight solar cell that can use virtually any metal for the electrode, effectively breaking the 'electrode barrier'.
 
 
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  • New microscopy technique yields fresh data on muscular dystrophy

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    A new microscopy technique yields resolution an order of magnitude better than previously possible. Through this new technique, the researchers showed that dystrophin was responsible for regulating tiny molecular fluctuations in calcium channels while muscles are in use. The discovery suggests that a lack of functional dystrophin alters the dynamics of ion channels -- helping to cause the defective mechanical responses and the calcium imbalance that impair normal muscle activity in patients with muscular dystrophy.
  • Physicists heat freestanding graphene to control curvature of ripples

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:16 am
    Physicists have discovered that heating can be used to control the curvature of ripples in freestanding graphene. The finding provides fundamental insight into understanding the influence temperature exerts on the dynamics of freestanding graphene. This may drive future applications of the flexible circuits of consumer devices such as cell phones and digital cameras.
  • Toward making lithium-sulfur batteries a commercial reality for a bigger energy punch

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    A fevered search for the next great high-energy, rechargeable battery technology is on. Scientists are now reporting they have overcome key obstacles toward making lithium-sulfur batteries, which have the potential to leave today's lithium-ion technology in the dust.
  • Nanoscience makes your wine better

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    One sip of a perfectly poured glass of wine leads to an explosion of flavors in your mouth. Researchers have now developed a nanosensor that can mimic what happens in your mouth when you drink wine. The sensor measures how you experience the sensation of dryness in the wine.
  • Nanoribbon film keeps glass ice-free

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Scientists who created a deicing film for radar domes have now refined the technology to work as a transparent coating for glass. The new work could keep glass surfaces from windshields to skyscrapers free of ice and fog while retaining their transparency to radio frequencies (RF).
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  • Reflected smartphone transmissions enable gesture control

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    With almost all of the U.S. population armed with cellphones – and close to 80 percent carrying a smartphone – mobile phones have become second-nature for most people.
  • Alibaba's Ma rides 'Forrest Gump' story to riches

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    In his long road to riches, Alibaba founder Jack Ma says his inspiration has been the film character "Forrest Gump."
  • A refined approach to proteins at low resolution

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    Membrane proteins and large protein complexes are notoriously difficult to study with X-ray crystallography, not least because they are often very difficult, if not impossible, to crystallize, but also because their very nature means they are highly flexible. The result is that when a structure can be obtained it is often of low resolution, ambiguous and reveals a mosaic-like spread of protein domains that sometimes create more puzzles than they solve.
  • CloudFlare tackles lost SSL key risk with Keyless SSL

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Organizations looking for and concerned about optimal security protection are the targets of a new service announced by San Francisco-based CloudFlare. The offering is called Keyless SSL. CloudFlare explained that "An SSL key is the data that allows an organization to establish a secure connection with the customers that connect to it. It is also the data that lets an organization establish its identity." Here is the heartache. If you have an organization private SSL key, you can authenticate as if you were it. You can spoof identity and intercept traffic. "If, say, a media organization loses…
  • New hadrosaur noses into spotlight

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Call it the Jimmy Durante of dinosaurs – a newly discovered hadrosaur with a truly distinctive nasal profile. The new dinosaur, named Rhinorex condrupus by paleontologists from North Carolina State University and Brigham Young University, lived in what is now Utah approximately 75 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period.
 
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  • Oxford Instruments launches 3rd annual Indian nanotechnology seminars in Kolkata and Delhi

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:03 am
    Oxford Instruments is hosting its third series of annual seminars for the nanotechnology industry in India in November. 'Bringing the Nanoworld Together 2014' seminars are being held in Kolkata and Delhi and will showcase cutting edge nanotechnology tools and their use in multiple fields.
  • New Applied Surface Science Findings Reported from Chiba University...

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:53 am
    The electrochromic properties of 1,1'-dibenzyl-4,4'-bipyridinium were examined at the nanoparticle film electrode." The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from , "The one-electron reduction of DBV2+ produced a filmy purple deposit of DBV+, and electrochromism between the white and purple appeared.
  • ECC awarded $5.75 million through NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:37 pm
    On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced an additional $55 million in funding for five innovative economic development projects as part of the third round of the competitive NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program. One of those projects belonged to Erie Community College, which secured $5.75 million in grant funding for its planned Bretschger Building renovation/AAS nanotechnology degree program at college's North Campus in Williamsville.
  • Fighting cancer one nano at a time

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    The fight to eradicate cancer has taken a step forward with nanotechnology, which allows cancer-fighting drugs to target cancer cells only and leave healthy cells alone. The drugs are polymers that are packaged as nanoparticles with the cancer-fighting agents and an imaging agent so the nanoparticles will show up in an MRI.
  • Nanotechnology Update: Novel multifunctional nanoparticle for...

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    NANOTECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Novel multifunctional nanoparticle for diagnosis and therapy. "A variety of nanoparticles have been designed for multiple nanomedical purposes.
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  • Novel multifunctional nanoparticle for diagnosis and therapy

    Jim Lewis
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Schematic illustration of construction of a multifunctional nanoparticle (credit: Yuanpei Li et al./Nature Communications) A variety of nanoparticles have been designed for multiple nanomedical purposes. An article at KurzweilAI.net presents news from UC Davis of a “nanoporphyrin” platform for developing multifunctional nanoparticles based upon treelike dendrimer structures made using porphyrin, cholic acid, amino acids, and polyethylene glycol “A multifunctional medical nanoparticle“: Researchers at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and other institutions have…
  • Proof of principle for nanoscale assembly line

    Jim Lewis
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:02 pm
    The assembly carrier moves through several reaction chambres where different molecules bind to its surface. The graph below shows the trajectory of a single shuttle. (Graphics: from Steuerwald et al. 2014) One step toward nanofactories for atomically precise manufacturing would be the development of nanoscale production lines for assembling molecular cargo or other nanostructures into larger functional devices. Over the past few years we have cited here various advances toward this goal based on structural DNA nanotechnology, such as DNA walkers moving along tracks formed by DNA origami:…
  • 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…
 
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    Nanotechnology News

  • First graphene-based flexible display produced

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A flexible display incorporating graphene in its pixels' electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
  • Graphene gets a 'cousin' in the shape of germanene

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A team of European researchers has become one of the first groups to successfully synthesize the 2-D material germanene.
  • Molecular self-assembly controls graphene-edge configuration

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A research team headed by professors Patrick Han and Taro Hitosugi at the Advanced Institute of Materials Research discovered a new bottom-up fabrication method that produces defect-free graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) with periodic zigzag-edge regions. This method, which controls GNR growth direction and length distribution, is a stepping stone towards future graphene-device fabrication by self-assembly.
  • Buckyballs and diamondoids join forces in tiny electronic gadget

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Scientists have married two unconventional forms of carbon -- one shaped like a soccer ball, the other a tiny diamond -- to make a molecule that conducts electricity in only one direction. This tiny electronic component, known as a rectifier, could play a key role in shrinking chip components down to the size of molecules to enable faster, more powerful devices.
  • Doped graphene nanoribbons with potential

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Graphene is a semiconductor when prepared as an ultra-narrow ribbon -- although the material is actually a conductive material. Researchers from Empa and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research have now developed a new method to selectively dope graphene molecules with nitrogen atoms.
 
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    Nano News Net

  • garcinia getting big endorsements

    admin
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    There are some people out there who are wondering about Garcinia Cambogia and what it has to offer. The great thing about this product, or what has been said about it is that it can reduce a person’s weight almost effortlessly. There has even been a public endorsement from the big names like Dr. Oz who supports the show. This is a product that has been said to have amazing weight loss properties. The Results This is a product that has been so successful that some people have even noted that they have received the results of losing between five to nine pounds in just a week. Surely there…
  • 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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    International Council on Nanotechnology, Rice University - News Digest & Items of Interest

  • OECD Issues Report of the Questionnaire on Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials 2010-2011 (NOECT Blog)

    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    On September 16, 2014, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a document entitled Report of the Questionnaire on Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials 2010-2011. The Report summarizes responses to the Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) Questionnaire on Regulated Nanomaterials: 2010-2011, which was issued July 12, 2012.
  • Guideline Published for the Danish Inventory of Nanoproducts (NOECT Blog)

    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In August 2014, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency published the Guideline for the Danish Inventory of Nanoproducts, which is intended to explain how manufacturers and importers of products for consumers should use the new Inventory. The Guideline describes who has a duty to report; which products must be reported; and how to collect information and perform the actual reporting to the Inventory.
  • PETA Science Consortium experts to present at international nanotechnology workshop (EurekAlert)

    11 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Experts from the PETA International Science Consortium will present strategies for optimizing nonanimal testing methods at a workshop that will examine the strengths and limitations of current alternatives to using animals to assess nanotoxicity.
  • Toxic sunblock products pollute water and pose health threat to marine animals (Natural News)

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Sunblock ingredients that wash off swimmers' skin and into the oceans form toxic chemicals that may be destructive to nearly all life in the oceans, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies in Spain and published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. In recent decades, sunscreen manufacturers have largely turned to using these ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide in nanoparticle form.
  • Nanoscience and the environment (Nanowerk News)

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A new book, "Nanoscience and the Environment, Volume 7 (Frontiers of Nanoscience)" covers all aspects of manufactured nanomaterials and their impact and behavior in the environment. Starting with a general overview of the field, emphasizing key points and background, the book then covers crucial specific areas, including nanomaterial transformations in the environment due to dissolution, aggregation, and other processes, and the modeling of environmental exposure and fate.
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  • Phd Scholarship In Nanofabrication And Material Science - Technical University of Denmark

    TINC
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    A PhD Scholarship in Nanofabrication and Material Science is available at the National Center for Micro and Nanofabrication (DTU Danchip) and the Center for Electron Nanoscopy (DTU Cen). Lithography is the key technology for achieving large-scale fabrication of computer chips: it is used to define and pattern the billions of transistors in the computer's central processing units (CPUs). Currently, the smallest features in a CPU are 14-nm-wide or just a few hundred atoms wide. Thanks to advances in lithography, the number of transistors in a CPU have increased 50-fold in the past 10 years.
  • Postdoc Assoc-Developing/validating new tools, RNA analysis - USA

    TINC
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    We are seeking a highly motivated and independent individual interested in working in one of two areas: 1) advanced single-molecule techniques to study RNA structure, or 2) programmable biosensors for RNA detection and purification.  The single-molecule projects are more engineering based, and involve further development and testing of the recently invented Centrifuge Force Microscope (CFM) to probe the structure of individual RNA molecules with the application of force.  The biosensor project is more biochemistry based, and involves adapting a recently developed DNA nanoswitch platform to…
  • PhD Stipend in Quantum based simulation of nonlinear optical processes in atoms

    TINC
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:40 am
    At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Physics and Nanotechnology a PhD stipend is available within the general study programme Mathematics and Physics. The stipend is open for appointment from December 1, 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter. Job description A PhD stipend is open in connection to the research center QUSCOPE. The stipend will focus on numerical modelling of the nonlinear optical response of atoms and simple electronic systems. Simulations of nonlinear and ultrafast optical processes in atomic systems are challenging. In general, many-body effects are…
  • Materials Characterization Engineer TEM - Leuven, Belgium

    TINC
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Imec’s Fab Technology Unit is looking for a m/f Materials Characterization Engineer Transmission Electron Microscopy. Job description The Semiconductor industry is driven by transistor down-scaling that provides the end-user with ever faster and less power using computer chips resulting in richer featured consumer products at affordable pricing. Measuring these small dimensions which are in the order of nano-meter is a challenge, and is even more so because of new materials besides silicon that are needed in these transistors. Not only dimensional analysis is needed, also chemical analysis…
  • Faculty Position in Materials Electron Microscopy - Lausanne, Switzerland

    TINC
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Formal evaluation of candidates will begin on December 1st, 2014 The School of Engineering of EPFL invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor in electron microscopy of materials within its Institute of Materials. We seek exceptional individuals who will develop and drive a research program at the forefront of the discipline, who have a strong dedication to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and who will be proactive members of a vibrant Materials community. Top-level applications are invited from candidates at the cutting edge of electron microscopic imaging…
 
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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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    Soft Machines

  • Your mind will not be uploaded

    Richard Jones
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    The recent movie “Transcendence” will not be troubling the sci-fi canon of classics, if the reviews are anything to go by. But its central plot device – “uploading” a human consciousness to a computer – remains both a central aspiration of transhumanists, and a source of queasy fascination to the rest of us. The idea is that someone’s mind is simply a computer programme, that in the future could be run on a much more powerful computer than a brain, just as one might run an old arcade game on a modern PC in emulation mode. “Mind uploading” has a…
  • 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…
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    Next Big Future

  • Ocean Acification Mitigation Deatils and lower cost mitigation in the $1 to 4 per ton CO2 ranges

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Ocean Acidification: Cause, Impact and mitigation from IIT Kanpur Read more »
  • First Water-Based Nuclear Battery Can Be Used to Generate Electrical Energy for decades with betavoltaics breakthrough

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    From cell phones to cars and flashlights, batteries play an important role in everyday life. Scientists and technology. companies constantly are seeking ways to improve battery life and efficiency. Now, for the first time using a water-based solution, researchers at the University of Missouri have created a long-lasting and more efficient nuclear battery that could be used for many applications such as a reliable energy source in automobiles and also in complicated applications such as space flight.The battery uses a radioactive isotope called strontium-90 that boosts electrochemcial energy…
  • Optimizing performance and working around limitation of Dwave Quantum Annealing Computers

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Discrete optimization using quantum annealing on sparse Ising modelsThis paper discusses techniques for solving discrete optimization problems using quantum annealing. Practical issues likely to affect the computation include precision limitations, finite temperature, bounded energy range, sparse connectivity, and small numbers of qubits. To address these concerns they propose a way of finding energy representations with large classical gaps between ground and first excited states, efficient algorithms for mapping non-compatible Ising models into the hardware, and the use of decomposition…
  • Google Y lab could partner with countries for new more efficient cities

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    The Information reports in 2013, Google CEO Larry Page convened his direct reports, the company’s dozen or so senior vice presidents, for a project that would take up two days a week for a couple of months. About 100 other employees below the SVP rank also participated in the effort, dubbed Google 2.0.Google 2.0 has goals in areas ranging from subscription businesses to location services to developing replacements for traditional passwords.It also setup a second research lab Google Y. Google Y is looking at more efficient airports and cities.Read more »
  • No Independence for Scotland

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    BBC News has called the Scotland independence vote for the NO. The vote was 55% No and 45% Yes with 85% of the vote counted.Read more »
 
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  • Oxfam America sues federal Securities and Exchange Commission to spur changes in Dodd-Frank enforcement

    Eric Convey
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Oxfam America sued the federal Securities and Exchange Commission in federal court for Boston yesterday, seeking to compel the agency to more speedily enforce provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that require oil companies to disclose overseas payments. In its complaint, the Boston-based international development charity complains that the SEC has been too slow to promulgate what's called a Final Rule governing public disclosure of payments that SEC-registered…
  • What a bargain: taxpayers paying $108,000 annually for each film-industry job

    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The state's program of paying film companies to work in Massachusetts cost $108,000 per job in 2012, according to a new report from the state Department of Revenue, the Boston Globe reports. The paper says the data is new fuel for critics who complain that the money could be better spent.
  • Who's hiring in tech for the week of Sept. 15 (list)

    David Harris
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    It seems like every day we discover a different startup or large tech company that's hiring. We've decided to compile a list of tech companies that we know for certain are hiring, based on our reporting. We'll be updating this list on a regular basis in hopes that job-seekers interested in working in tech can find opportunities easily. Please note, though, that this list is by no means comprehensive and it's solely based on our most recent reporting (during the last week or so). If you'd like to…
  • 16-story tower on East Boston waterfront wins BRA approval

    Eric Convey
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:56 pm
    A Portland, Oregon, developer that recently bought an empty industrial building on the East Boston waterfront won approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority Thursday night to renovate and expand it into a 16-story residential tower. Gerdin Edlin will contribute about $7.8 million toward construction of affordable housing in the city under a linkage agreement tied to the New Street project. The company and BRA analysts agreed putting the affordable housing on the 4-acre tower site could make…
  • New B.U. research building wins Boston Redevelopment Authority approval

    Eric Convey
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Boston University’s proposal to build a nine-story research building on the site of parking lot off of 610 Commonwealth Avenue won unanimous approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority board last night. The $140 million life sciences building will be unusual in that HVAC and other utility machinery will be in neither a basement — there will be no basement — nor in a shed on the roof. “We are aware of the (possibility) of a sea-level rise,” a BU representative said in explaining the…
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