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  • Stressed out: Research sheds new light on why rechargeable batteries fail

    Nanowerk Nanotechnology Research News
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Lithium ions traveling through a zinc antimonide anode cause local stress and phase transitions, a process dubbed atomic shuffling. These changes may help explain why most anodes made of layered materials eventually fail.
  • Magnetic nanoparticles make attractive partners in purification processes

    Nanowerk Nanotechnology Research News
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:28 am
    Researchers have piloted a novel purification process to dramatically cut the cost of extracting specific biological molecules from complex mixtures - a boost to the competitiveness of Europe's pharmaceutical, food and animal feed industries.
  • 'Stealth' nanoparticles could improve cancer vaccines

    Nanotechnology Now Recent News
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    Cancer vaccines have recently emerged as a promising approach for killing tumor cells before they spread. But so far, most clinical candidates haven't worked that well. Now, scientists have developed...
  • Comparative View of Silver Nanoparticle-Thiol Interaction for MH and Cysteine

    AZoNano.com - Nanotechnology News Feed
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Silver nanoparticles are well known for their anti-bacteria properties[1-4]. One of the main routes by which they may act as an anti-bacteria agent, is through attaching themselves to the thiol group...
  • New absorber will lead to better biosensors

    Nanotechnology News -- ScienceDaily
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    A new nanostructure absorbs ultranarrow bands of light spectrum and can be used in a number of applications, including the creation of more sensitive biosensors.
 
 
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  • New absorber will lead to better biosensors

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    A new nanostructure absorbs ultranarrow bands of light spectrum and can be used in a number of applications, including the creation of more sensitive biosensors.
  • Platinum meets its match in quantum dots from coal: New catalyst for fuel cells outperforms platinum

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    Scientists combined graphene quantum dots drawn from common coal with graphene oxide, nitrogen and boron into a catalyst for fuel cells that outperforms platinum. Graphene quantum dots grab onto graphene platelets like barnacles attach themselves to the hull of a boat. But these dots enhance the properties of the mothership, making them better than platinum catalysts for certain reactions within fuel cells.
  • Novel approach to magnetic measurements atom-by-atom

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Having the possibility to measure magnetic properties of materials at atomic precision is one of the important goals of today's experimental physics. Such measurement technique would give engineers and physicists an ultimate handle over magnetic properties of nano-structures for future applications. Researchers now propose a new method, utilizing properties of the quantum world – the phase of the electron beam – to detect magnetism with atom-by-atom precision.
  • Cold Atom Laboratory chills atoms to new lows

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) mission has succeeded in producing a state of matter known as a Bose-Einstein condensate, a key breakthrough for the instrument leading up to its debut on the International Space Station in late 2016.
  • Blades of grass inspire advance in organic solar cells

    30 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Using a bio-mimicking analog of one of nature's most efficient light-harvesting structures, blades of grass, an international research team has taken a major step in developing long-sought polymer architecture to boost power-conversion efficiency of light to electricity for use in electronic devices.
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  • Study demonstrates the power of social media for terror propaganda

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    Samer Al-khateeb, a graduate student in UALR's Applied Science Department, recently presented original research at the International Conference on Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime at Yale University.
  • Scientists probe leak risk from seabed CO2 stores

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    A UK-led international research team has carried out the first experiment to recreate what would happen if CO2 started leaking after being stored deep under the sea floor. Their findings add weight to the idea that this could be a viable way to cut our impact on the climate.
  • How myths and tabloids feed on anomalies in science

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    There are many misconceptions about science, including how science advances. One half-truth is that unexpected research findings produce crises, leading to new theories that overturn previous scientific knowledge.
  • Indonesian graft busters launch anti-corruption app

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    Indonesia's powerful anti-graft agency said Thursday it had launched a mobile app packed with graphics and games to educate the public and officials about bribery in one of the world's most corrupt countries.
  • Weather-tracking tool helps track migrating insects

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    Corn earworms (also known as cotton bollworms) cost cotton producers an estimated $200 million a year in lost crops and control expenses, and they are notoriously hard to track because they migrate at night. Farmers worried about infestations have to make educated guesses about the pest's movements based on reports from other areas and past experience.
 
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  • Cambridge scientist Dr Su Metcalfe awarded 150k for ground-breaking MS trials

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    Dr Su Metcalfe, a University of Cambridge senior research associate based at Addenbrooke's, has won a A 150,000 award which will enable her team to proceed to pre-clinical trials in Nanotechnology. The award is one of only five given out this year worldwide from major pharmaceutical company, Merck Serono, and the first to a UK scientist.
  • Public relations services

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Contract award: three-month extension of the existing contract to "dialogue-oriented expansion and continuation of a mobile information and education campaign on nanotechnology" until due to the neukonzeptionsphase for specialized information in the field of high technology.
  • Nanoparticles give up forensic secrets

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    A group of researchers from Switzerland has thrown light on the precise mechanisms responsible for the impressive ability of nanoparticles to detect fingermarks left at crime scenes. Publishing their results today, 2 October, in IOP Publishing's journal Nanotechnology , the researchers have provided evidence contesting the commonly accepted theory that nanoparticles are attracted to fingermarks electrostatically.
  • Researchers hope to diagnose deadly Ebola virus with nanotech

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    With more than 6,500 cases of the Ebola virus in West Africa, 3,000 deaths and now one confirmed case here in the United States, scientists are trying to find a way to detect the deadly virus more quickly, cheaply and easily. A team of researchers at Boston University's College of Engineering and its School of Medicine has been working for the past five years to develop a portable device that uses a silicon chip to diagnose a patient with Ebola, or other hemorrhagic fever diseases like the Marburg virus or Lassa Fever.
  • Nanoparticles accumulate quickly in wetland sediment

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    A Duke University team has found that nanoparticles called single-walled carbon nanotubes accumulate quickly in the bottom sediments of an experimental wetland setting, an action they say could indirectly damage the aquatic food chain. The results indicate little risk to humans ingesting the particles through drinking water, say scientists at Duke's Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology .
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  • Nanomanufacturing grants available from US National Science Foundation

    Jim Lewis
    27 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Speaking of US government programs to advance nanomanufacturing, Christine Peterson sends word of a US National Science Foundation nanomanufactring program that explicitly mentions nanorobots and other nanomachines “The NSF Nanomanufacturing Program“: … The NSF Nanomanufacturing Program supports fundamental research in novel methods and techniques for batch and continuous processes, top-down (addition/subtraction) and bottom-up (directed self-assembly) processes leading to the formation of complex heterogeneous nanosystems. The program supports basic research in…
  • DNA nanotechnology and the atoms to micrometer nanofabrication gap

    Jim Lewis
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    A PowerPoint slide shows the two technical areas DARPA’s Atoms to Product project will concentrate on. (Slide courtesy of DARPA) A few weeks ago we posted the announcement of a new DARPA program, the Atoms To Product (A2P) project. For those who were not able to catch the webinar explaining the initiative, more information is available in an article on Fedscoop “DARPA wants help closing nanotechnology’s ‘assembly gap’: The Pentagon’s advanced research agency wants to do something that currently cannot be done: Take things built at a really, really small…
  • Scaffolded DNA origami improvements advance DNA nanotechnology

    Jim Lewis
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Scaffolded DNA origami utilizes numerous chemically synthesized, short DNA strands (staple strands) to direct the folding of a larger, biologically derived strand of DNA (scaffold strand). Molecular recognition (base pairing, i.e., A binds to T and G binds to C) directs the DNA to self-assemble into a specific structure as programed by the staple strand sequences. Unique staple strands produce a molecular pegboard with single-digit nanometer site-specificity precision. The atomic force microscopy image (right) demonstrates the final origami structure. Image credit: Alexandria Marchi.
  • 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:…
 
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  • Engineers show light can play seesaw at the nanoscale

    2 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    University of Minnesota electrical engineering researchers have developed a unique nanoscale device that for the first time demonstrates mechanical transportation of light. The discovery could have major implications for creating faster and more efficient optical devices for computation and communication.
  • New research points to graphene as a flexible, low-cost touchscreen solution

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    New research published today in the journal Advanced Functional Materials suggests that graphene-treated nanowires could soon replace current touchscreen technology, significantly reducing production costs and allowing for more affordable, flexible displays.
  • The accelerator of molecular motors

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Peroxisomes are vital cell components that degrade cellular toxins and long-chain fatty acids. Their malfunction may result in severe, often lethal disorders. RUB researchers -- Medical Faculty -- have been studying the precise working mechanisms of peroxisomes for 25 years. In collaboration with Dortmund-based institutes at Leibniz-Institut f�r Analytische Wissenschaften, they have successfully identified the 'molecular accelerator' that activates the peroxisomal processes.
  • Penn team studies nanocrystals by passing them through tiny pores

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    An interdisciplinary team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has now applied a cutting-edge technique for rapid gene sequencing toward measuring other nanoscopic structures. By passing nanoscale spheres and rods through a tiny hole in a membrane, the team was able to measure the electrical properties of those structures' surfaces.Their findings suggest new ways of using this technique, known as 'nanopore translocation,' to analyze objects at the smallest scale.
  • Smallest possible diamonds form ultra-thin nanothreads

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    For the first time, scientists have discovered how to produce ultra-thin 'diamond nanothreads' that promise extraordinary properties, including strength and stiffness greater than that of today's strongest nanotubes and polymers. The threads have a structure that has never been seen before.
 
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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

    admin
    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

  • Nanoparticles Accumulate Quickly in Wetland Sediment (Duke University)

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A Duke University team has found that nanoparticles called single-walled carbon nanotubes accumulate quickly in the bottom sediments of an experimental wetland setting, an action they say could indirectly damage the aquatic food chain.
  • JRC Report Assesses Experiences with the EC Recommendation on the Definition of Nanomaterial (NOECT Blog)

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) has published a report entitled Towards a review of the EC Recommendation for a definition of the term "nanomaterial" -- Part 2: Assessment of collected information concerning the experience with the definition. In the report, JRC assesses information collected between August 2013 and April 2014 from scientists, research institutes, regulatory bodies, non-governmental organizations, and industry regarding implementation of the EC recommendation on the definition of nanomaterial.
  • World’s Smallest Reference Material is Big Plus for Nanotechnology (NIST)

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    If it's true that good things come in small packages, then the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can now make anyone working with nanoparticles very happy. NIST recently issued Reference Material (RM) 8027, the smallest known reference material ever created for validating measurements of these man-made, ultrafine particles between 1 and 100 nanometers (billionths of a meter) in size.
  • Nanotubes help healing hearts keep the beat (Rice University)

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Carbon nanotubes serve as bridges that allow electrical signals to pass unhindered through new pediatric heart-defect patches invented at Rice University and Texas Children’s Hospital. As a side benefit, nanotubes also make the patches stronger and lower their tendency to swell while providing a handle to precisely tune their rate of degradation, giving hearts enough time to replace them with natural tissue.
  • EPA Requests Comments on Nanomaterials Manufacturing and Formulating for Effluent Guidelines Program Plan (NOECT Blog)

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    On September 16, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of the combined Final 2012 and Preliminary 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plans and EPA’s 2012 and 2013 Annual Effluent Guidelines Review Reports. EPA seeks public comment and stakeholder input, data, and information on several topics, including nanomaterials manufacturing and formulating.
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    TINC's Posts - The International NanoScience Community

  • Vibration isolation by minus k

    TINC
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Minus K’s negative-stiffness isolators provide superior isolation control and performance while offering better ease of use and no facility requirements. In order to achieve the lowest possible noise floor (on the order of an angstrom), isolation is always used. Many of our clients' microscopes have nano and micro vibration isolation requirements that are unparalleled in the metrology world (for brain research and at NASA as examples). The vertical axis can be the most sensitive factor, in addition to sensitivity to vibrations in the horizontal axes. Large air tables provide decent…
  • Scientific Group Leader for Bio-inspired Nanomaterials - Empa, Switzerland

    TINC
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Empa is the interdisciplinary research and services institution for material sciences and technology development of the ETH Domain. The Laboratory for Materials-Biology Interactions develops and optimizes advanced in vitro assays and uses those for assessing the underlying molecular mechanism in order to support a safe and sustainable use of nanomaterials. We are looking for a highly motivated person capable of leading an scientific group, independent and efficient handling of scientific and industrial related projects in an interdisciplinary environment. Scientific Group Leader for…
  • Doctoral Candidate, Pigment/Cellulose Nanocomposites in Paper Surface Applications - Aalto University, Finland

    TINC
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Aalto University is a new university with over a century of experience. Created from a high-profile merger between three leading universities in Finland – the Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki University of Technology and the University of Art and Design Helsinki – Aalto University opens up new possibilities for strong multidisciplinary education and research. The university has 20 000 students and a staff of 5 000 including 370 professors. The Department of Forest Products Technology is one of the four departments of Aalto University School of Chemical Technology. It is the leading…
  • ImagineNano 2015 and Graphene 2015 under the same roof - Bilbao (Spain) to welcome 1500 delegates at international event

    TINC
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Back in 2013, ImagineNano event has strengthened its position as the main event dedicated to nanoscience and nanotechnology in Europe. The outstanding results of participation that have been reached and the interest created by the discussions, have laid the foundations for thenext edition of the event, to be organized in Bilbao (Spain) from the 10th to the 13th of March 2015. One place, six conferences covering hot science trends: Graphene 2015 (5th edition) - NanoSpain 2015 Chemistry - NanoSpain 2015 Bio&Med - NanoSpain 2015 SPM - NanoSpain 2015 Toxicology - PPM 2015…
  • Research Fellow: 'Sea-On-A-Chip' - Plymouth University - United Kingdom

    TINC
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Early warning systems that can provide extreme sensitivity with appropriate selectivity are required to assess chemical contamination of estuarine and coastal areas. EU project SEA-on-a-CHIP aims to develop a miniaturized, autonomous, remote and flexible immuno-sensor platform based on a fully integrated array of micro/nano-electrodes and a microfluidic system in a lab-on-a-chip configuration combined with electrochemical detection for real time analysis of marine waters in multi-stressor conditions. This system will be developed for direct application in aquaculture facilities, including the…
 
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  • Examining claims and concerns about the Udall-Vitter TSCA reform proposal

    Richard Denison
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D. is a Lead Senior Scientist.  Links to blog posts in this series:  Part 1     Part 2 In my first post of this series, I described in some detail how the Udall-Vitter major redraft of the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA) both dramatically improves that bill and would be much better than current law (preemption aside).  In this second post, I’ll examine some specific concerns being raised and claims being made about the Udall-Vitter proposal. Some of the claims and concerns suggest a huge underlying policy difference between the…
  • Real progress on chemical reform

    Richard Denison
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:25 am
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D. is a Lead Senior Scientist.  Links to blog posts in this series:  Part 1     Part 2 [UPDATE 9-25-14: I have updated this post to link directly to a copy of the Udall-Vitter TSCA reform proposal, which – though not released by the Senators – is now available online here. My analysis of that proposal in this post remains unchanged. With a copy of the Udall-Vitter proposal now available online, I have also updated the introduction to my post, including removing some description of the back and forth that occurred last week]. The last week has…
  • Missing the forest for the trees? Are we addressing the biggest risks from exposure to phthalates?

    Lindsay McCormick
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    By Lindsay McCormickLindsay McCormick is a Research Analyst.  Richard Denison, Ph.D. is a Lead Senior Scientist A recent study published in Environmental Health Perspectives is the first to demonstrate a link between childhood asthma and prenatal exposure to certain phthalates.  Phthalates are a group of chemical plasticizers used in hundreds of everyday products, including home construction materials, toys, food packaging, medical devices, and synthetic fragrances found in personal care products, cleaning products, cosmetics, and air fresheners.  For the most part, it is impossible for…
  • 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…
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  • 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

  • How the Terrestrial Energy Integral Molten Salt Reactor is designed for fast approval, safety and lower costs

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Terrestrial Energy’s IMSR (Integral Molten Salt Reactor) features a self-contained reactor Core-unit, (the “IMSR Core-unit”), within which all key components are permanently sealed for its operating lifetime. At the end of its 7-year design life, the IMSR Core-unit is shut down and left to cool. At the same time, power is switched to a new IMSR Core-unit, installed a short time before in an adjacent silo within the facility. Once sufficiently cool, the spent IMSR Core-unit is removed and prepared for long-term storage, a process similar to existing industry protocols for long-term…
  • New treatments show promise in prolonging human lifespan, when can you get it?

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Evidence is emerging that some widely used drugs can prolong lifespan for well people – and insiders have started taking them off-label.Millions of people are taking anti-ageing drugs every day – they just don't know it. Drugs to slow ageing sound futuristic but they already exist in the form of relatively cheap medicines that have been used for other purposes for decades.Google and Venter's plans may have injected an over-hyped field with a measure of credibility but they are unlikely to bear fruit for some time. Yet evidence is emerging that some existing drugs have modest…
  • NIH $4.5 billion brain 2025 project proposal and there has been $110 million funded in 2014

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    To vigorously advance the goals of the BRAIN Initiative, there was a detailed recommendation to invest $400 million per year over the next five years (FY16-20), and continues at $500 million per year subsequently (FY21-25) by the NIH. A sustained, decade-long commitment at this level will attract talented scientists from multiple fields to the interdisciplinary collaborations that are essential to the BRAIN Initiative and its ambitious goals.The National Institutes of Health announced today its first wave of investments totaling $46 million in fiscal year 14 funds to support the goals of the…
  • Carbon Copies Dr. Randal Koene believes Fruit Fly Brain Emulation Likely to Be Achieved in 2019

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Randal Koene is an expert on brain emulation. He gave a talk in 2013 and discussed 100,000 neuron fruit fly brain emulation.If we see the same sort of development in getting activity data from the brain as we saw with the structure, then perhaps by 2018 it would be acceptable to, say, come up with the project where you say let's take Drosophila, this fruit fly with 100,000 neurons, and we're going to get both the activity data and the structure data, and we're going to put it together and we're going to make an emulation of that, or try to make an emulation of a fruit fly…
  • EU $1.3 Billion ten year human brain simulation project developing next generation neuromorphic chips and neurorobotics platforms

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    European Union (EU)'s Human Brain Project provided a 32 page report on their progress toward an artificial brain by 2023.The 10-year-long $1 billion euro (US$1.3 billion) Human Brain Project aims to simulate the entire human brain on supercomputers first, then build a special hardware emulator that will reproduce its functions so accurately that diseases and their cures can be tried out on it. Ultimately, the long-term goal is to build artificial brains that are inexpensive enough to outperform traditional von Neuman supercomputers at a fraction of the cost.Junction of four HICANNSs (High…
 
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  • New Allston station could play key role if Boston hosts the 2024 Summer Olympics

    Jon Chesto
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    Next stop: the 2024 Summer Olympics? For the past few months, Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish has been telling just about anyone who would listen that all the infrastructure work for Boston’s Olympics bid is sensible only if it would make the city a better place once the show leaves town. Figuring out what a post-Olympics Boston would look like has been a big part of those discussions. With the Patrick administration’s unveiling of the $25 million West Station project on Tuesday, one of…
  • The Ebola virus and Boston's front-line responders (BBJ Quiz)

    Jessica Bartlett
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
    The Ebola epidemic has killed 2,600 people this year, with the Centers for Disease Control predicting that 1.4 million people could be infected by the disease by January. This week, the first U.S. diagnosis was made in Texas. Numerous Boston nonprofits have stepped in to help, and Boston researchers are working to better understand the disease. Here’s a snapshot of what is occurring in Boston to battle Ebola: Next Mile Project– This Boston-based nonprofit incubator is helping to funnel funding…
  • Avid Technology accuses California startup that hired four from Avid of intellectual property violations

    Eric Convey
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Avid Technology of Burlington sued a rival and former partner called Media Gobbler in federal court Tuesday, accusing the California company of "unfair competition in violation of federal law" and "tortious interference with the contractual obligations of four former Avid employees who are not employed by Media Gobbler." Avid alleges in its complaint that Media Gobbler had licensed technology from Avid properly but continued to use it inappropriately after Avid cancelled the arrangement. Avid cancelled…
  • Boston company touts trial results of potentially revolutionary Type 2 diabetes treatment

    Eric Convey
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Boston startup Intarcia Therapeutics Tuesday night released clinical trial results for a product that proponents say could revolutionize the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. One trial, involving hundreds of patients and placebo comparisons, produced positive results for a device developed by Intarcia called the ITCA 650. It's inserted under the skin of the abdomen and delivers commonly used anti-diabetes drugs continually for a year before requiring replacement. The device "showed clinically and statistically…
  • Seaport asking rents surpass financial district asking rents for first time in two years if not ever

    Eric Convey
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:12 pm
    For the first time in at least the last seven quarters if not ever, average asking rents in Boston’s burgeoning Seaport District have surpassed comparable rents in the city’s financial district, according to new data from real estate brokerage Jones Lang LaSalle. The third-quarter blended asking rate, which reflects rents across classes, was $52.54 in the Seaport District compared to $51.18 in the financial district. For the last seven quarters, the only periods available late Wednesday night,…
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