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  • Better together: Graphene-nanotube hybrid switches

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:50 am
    Researchers have combined two unlikely materials to make a digital switch that could improve high speed computing.
  • Researchers clear the way for fast plasmonic chips

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    Researches have developed a new method for optical communication on a chip, which will give a possibility to decrease the size of optical and optoelectronic elements and increase the computer performance several tenfold. According to their article, they have proposed the way to completely eliminate energy losses of surface plasmons in optical devices.
  • Proving nanoparticles in sunscreen products

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:34 am
    Loads of cosmetics like sunscreen lotions contain titanium dioxide. These nanoparticles are contentious. Experts suspect they may have harmful effects on people and the environment. But it is difficult to prove that the particles are in the lotions. Using a new method, these particles can now be calculated.
  • Magnetism at nanoscale

    31 Jul 2015 | 8:19 am
    As the demand grows for ever smaller, smarter electronics, so does the demand for understanding materials’ behavior at ever smaller scales. Physicists are building a unique optical magnetometer to probe magnetism at the nano- and mesoscale.
  • Transparent, electrically conductive network of encapsulated silver nanowires

    31 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    A transparent electrode with high electrical conductivity has been developed for solar cells and other optoelectronic components -- that uses minimal amounts of material. It consists of a random network of silver nanowires that is coated with aluminium-doped zinc oxide. The novel electrode requires about 70 times less silver than conventional silver grid electrodes, but possesses comparable electrical conductivity.
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  • Inventor of modern ventilator dies at 94

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Forrest Bird, an American aviator who helped save countless lives by inventing the first modern ventilator, has died at the age of 94.
  • Scientists chase elusive Poweshiek skipperling butterfly

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Crunching through waist-high prairie grass, the researchers scan ahead with binoculars. Peering out at the black-eyed susans reaching above the prairie dropseed, they are searching for something they do not expect to find - the endangered Poweshiek skipperling.
  • The ghostly remnants of galaxy interactions uncovered in a nearby galaxy group

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Astronomers using the Subaru Telescope's Hyper Suprime-Cam prime-focus camera recently observed the nearby large spiral galaxy M81, together with its two brightest neighbors, M82 and NGC3077. The results of their observations are deep, super wide-field images of the galaxies and their populations of young stars. As part of a Galactic Archaeology study, the team discovered that the spatial distribution of the young stars around these galaxies follows very closely that of their distribution of neutral hydrogen.
  • Twitter experiments with 'News Tab' feature

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    Twitter rolled out a News Tab feature to some of its U.S. users Tuesday, an experimental effort to make it easier for people to find headlines that are trending on the platform.
  • Researchers achieve record 3.5 Angstroms resolution and visualize action of major microtubule-regulating protein

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:26 am
    Microtubules, hollow fibers of tubulin protein only a few nanometers in diameter, form the cytoskeletons of living cells and play a crucial role in cell division (mitosis) through their ability to undergo rapid growth and shrinkage, a property called "dynamic instability." Through a combination of high-resolution cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) and a unique methodology for image analysis, a team of researchers with Berkeley Lab and the University of California (UC) Berkeley has produced an atomic view of microtubules that enabled them to identify the crucial role played by a family of…
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  • Mersana Therapeutics, Inc. - Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare - Deals and Alliances Profile

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    Mersana Therapeutics, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company. The company develops novel oncology agents based on its nanotechnology platform .
  • Nanoparticles Used to Breach Mucus Barrier in Lungs

    3 Aug 2015 | 11:34 pm
    Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil have designed a DNA-loaded nanoparticle that can pass through the mucus barrier covering conducting airways of lung tissue - proving the concept, they say, that therapeutic genes may one day be delivered directly to the lungs to the levels sufficient to treat cystic fibrosis , chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma and other life-threatening lung diseases.
  • Scientists develop 'immediate' heart attack, stroke treatment

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Melbourne scientists investigating whether nanotechnology is a better way to treat heart attacks and strokes have developed a nano-capsule that homes in on a blood clot, then breaks it down. The research by Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute and Melbourne University has been published in the journal Advanced Materials.
  • Why Singapore at 50 Is Like a Banyan Tree, a Bonsai and Nanotechnology

    3 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    Under the late Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore -- which this week is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a nation -- was unabashedly a hierarchical society. When asked if Singapore was a nanny state, he replied that, if it were one, he was proud to have fostered it.
  • Vaccine with virus-like nanoparticles effective treatment for RSV, study finds

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:10 am
    A vaccine containing virus-like nanoparticles, or microscopic, genetically engineered particles, is an effective treatment for respiratory syncytial virus , according to researchers at Georgia State University. The findings, published on July 14 in the International Journal of Nanomedicine , suggest this vaccine induces long-term protection against RSV and could serve as a novel treatment option for this disease.
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  • Facilitating structural DNA nanotechnology with non-aqueous solvents

    Jim Lewis
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Georgia Tech postdoctoral researcher Isaac Gállego prepares a sample DNA nanostructure for imaging in an atomic force microscope. (Credit: Rob Felt) Not only does structural DNA nanotechnology work in non-aqueous solvents, but in some ways it may work best in nano-aqueous solvents. A hat tip to for reprinting this Georgia Tech news release “Who needs water to assemble DNA? Non-aqueous solvent supports DNA nanotechnology“: Scientists around the world are using the programmability of DNA to assemble complex nanometer-scale structures. Until now, however, production…
  • Foresight co-sponsors Berkeley Bench to Market event

    Jim Lewis
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Progress in biotechnology has played an important role in progress in nanotechnology since Eric Drexler proposed in 1981 protein design as a pathway to develop general capabilities for molecular manipulation and, eventually, molecular manufacturing. The second Feynman Prize in nanotechnology was awarded in 1995 for pioneering work in building atomically precise 3-D objects from DNA. The use of large scaffolds buit with DNA origami and other biomimetic polymers played a central role in the 2007 Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems. Since the beginning of this blog, progress in…
  • Foresight 1999 Distinguished Student wins Galactic Grant Competition

    Jim Lewis
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Galactic Grant Competition award announcement July 7 2015. Dr. Goel of Nanobiosym is third from the left. Credit: Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) The 1999 Foresight Institute Distinguished Student—Anita Goel, at that time an MD/PhD candidate at the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology and also a PhD candidate at Harvard’s Physics Department—went on to found Nanobiosym to integrate physics, nanotechnology, and biomedicine. Two years ago Nanobiosym’s Gene-RADAR® sensing technology won the first competition of the Nokia Sensing…
  • Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference 2015

    Jim Lewis
    10 Jul 2015 | 2:10 pm
    August 19 – 21 · Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame CA To Foresight friends, We’re pleased to announce that the SENS Research Foundation is once again hosting its Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference here in Silicon Valley. The Rejuvenation Biotechnology Conference is designed to bring together a global community to transform the treatment of age-related disease, and they would like all of us to be there. Last year’s conference was truly one of the most informative and engaging longevity research events ever held. The Rejuvenation…
  • Conference video: Conformational and compositional dynamics of a molecular machine

    Jim Lewis
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Credit: Joseph Puglisi A select set of videos from the 2013 Foresight Technical Conference: Illuminating Atomic Precision, held January 11-13, 2013 in Palo Alto, have been made available on vimeo. Videos have been posted of those presentations for which the speakers have consented. Other presentations contained confidential information and will not be posted. The 3rd speaker at the Commercial Scale Devices session was Joseph Puglisi. His talk was titled “Deciphering the Molecular Choreography of Translation” biography and abstracts, video – video length 34:08. Prof. Puglisi…
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  • Nanoplasmonics mediates ultrasensitive detection

    Prof. Luis Liz-Marzán
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:15 am
    We aimed to provide an overview in Nanotechnology of recently published reports regarding the development of more efficient plasmonic sensors, including the impact on modern spectroscopic methods, promising applications and examples for academic interest.
  • Supercapacitors take the heat

    Belle Dumé
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:48 am
    New flexible devices work very well at elevated temperatures.
  • Stabilising carbon nanotubes with block copolymers

    X Yao, J Li, L Kong, Y Wang
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:41 am
    Encapsulating with amphiphilic block copolymers stabilises carbon nanotubes, enabling functionalisation and further modification for future applications.
  • Restoring the stoichiometry of CdS films

    L Fan, P Wang, Q Guo, Y Lei, M Li, H Han, H Zhao, D Yang, Z Zheng, J Yang
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:22 am
    Cd-rich CdS QDs precursor can prepare CdS film with restored stoichiometry from Cd-deficient film.
  • Self-assembly finds a Darwinian twist

    Anna Demming
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    A statistical model of polymer chain lengthening posits the required conditions for the spontaneous emergence of systems capable of Darwinian behaviour
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  • Garcinia Cambogia Extract – Not What They Claim To Be

    31 Jul 2015 | 4:44 pm
    Ever since Dr.Oz endorsed HCA as a miracle aid in weight loss, more and more people are trying it. HCA can be used as an effective addition to any diet, as not only does it reduce fat stores in the body, but it also acts as a powerful antioxidant. HCAs are naturally found in raspberries and work by causing excess fat to leave your cells. What people don’t know is that all Garcinia products are not created equal. Before a person buys any kind of diet product, they should do research and ask questions to avoid getting involved in a scam. Garcinia Cambogia Extract make great claims –…
  • My Absolutely Favorite Place To Buy Supplements And Personal Care Products

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Lately, I have been personal training a new friend of mine. He’s 24, single, and littered with insecurity. I can sympathize. Once i was 24 I was plagued by insecurity too. I didn’t know if I’d be comfortable at my own surface of the skin. So what did I? I did some pretty extreme stuff. I conducted everything within my power to compensate for how i really felt about myself and about my everyday. I thought that accomplishing would elicit the associated with results that may give me the self esteem I wanted and change my life forever. The analogy I consider when discussing…
  • Why Many Are Choosing Over Local Health Stores

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:33 pm
    You walk into your local supplement store, whatever it is. You look confused at all the many products on the shelves. There is really a person behind the counter, they ask “May I help you”? Of course you say “Yes”. And what happens next could break your wallet. That’s just one reason I personally prefer Drink more water and less soda. Yes, you say you require soda, because that fizz just anyone ten percent more added motivation for studying, the right way? I doubt it. You just like soda. Accusation in court going to help make you feel bloated…
  • The Undeniable Benefits that Niagen Provides

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:40 am
    Every athlete currently is days very conscious in regards with health. The nutrition in pre workouts are as important of as it has post workout. The Amino acid is most important supplement which one requires when he under goes the heavy training of creating etc. If appropriate supplements are not taken then it would likely also lead for the muscle loss and the entire body becomes lean. The issue with locating the windmill at any height is may perhaps be very costly. Towers are high dollar. And when you concentrate on them, it is a major ordeal try them down from a tower for access. Energy…
  • Complete Vs Incomplete Protein – Sun Warrior

    31 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    Unlike men’s hair loss, female patterned baldness tends start off later in everything. The biggest difference between as well as men’s hair loss issues are the balding triggers. Most men lose hair as a reaction genetic traits may have inherited. Most women’s hair loss issues are not related to genetic traits, but instead related to female bio-chemistry complications. Exercise a minimum of 35 minutes on a regular basis. More is better, but this isn’t time to start doing sprints at the track or taking up kick mixed martial arts. Keep up with both regular routine, or add…
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  • Lecturer in Nano-Photonics (Education and Research) - Exeter, United Kingdom

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Combining world class research with very high levels of student satisfaction we are a member of the Russell Group and now have over 19,000 students. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) Exeter was ranked 16th nationally with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. We are ranked 7th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide league table, 10th in The Complete University Guide and 12th in the Guardian University Guide. The post of Lecturer in Nano-Photonics (equivalent to a US Assistant Professor post) will contribute to extending the research profile…
  • NanoESCA Specialist Research Associate (Bristol, United Kingdom)

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Research Associate required for Bristol NanoESCA Facility – State of the art UHV Spectromicroscopy The University of Bristol has been awarded funding by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), to establish the first UK-based NanoESCA for material analysis using nano-scale photoemission and spectroscopy techniques. We seek to appoint a Research Associate with practical experience of operating UHV ESCA equipment. You will be tasked with the day-to-day operation of the NanoESCA II, and the training of expert users and postgraduate students. Research responsibilities…
  • Nanostructured/Nanoporous Materials Chemist - IBM, San Jose, USA

    31 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
    IBM Research - Almaden is searching for a Nanostructured/Nanoporous Materials Chemist to lead projects involving design, synthesis and characterization of new nanostructured materials for a variety of applications. In particular, this position will drive the research and development of novel materials for back-end-of-the-line applications to further strengthen IBM’s position as a global leader in high performance microprocessor and server technology. We are seeking highly motivated experienced individuals who are interested to join our multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary research team.
  • Post-doctoral fellowship in theory of high spatial resolution magnetic studies - Uppsala University, Sweden

    31 Jul 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Electron magnetic circular dichroism (EMCD) – a method under development – allows to study magnetic properties of materials with high spatial resolution, potentially down to atomic scale. The post-doctoral researcher will join an international team focused on development of the EMCD method. He/she will perform simulations of spectroscopic experiments, combining inelastic electron scattering with dynamical diffraction effects. The work will also involve electronic structure calculations and/or molecular dynamics simulations using codes such as WIEN2k, FPLO, SIESTA, LAMMPS. Analytical…
  • Nanotech Journal Club: Photocatalytic Activity of Inorganic Semiconductor Surfaces: Myths, Hype, and Reality

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am
    Shared by Dr. Csaba Janáky, principal investigator of the MTA-SZTE "Lendület" Photoelectrochemistry Research Group Title of the paper: Photocatalytic Activity of Inorganic Semiconductor Surfaces: Myths, Hype, and Reality Authors: Krishnan Rajeshwar, Abegayl Thomas, Csaba Janáky University/Institute: University of Szeged / University of Texas at Arlington Abstract: The notion of driving chemical and biochemical reactions on irradiated inorganic semiconductor surfaces has both fundamental and practical importance. The name “heterogeneous photocatalysis” has been coined for this field…
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  • New chemical reforms are vital to TSCA legislation, says former top official for EPA toxics office

    Richard Denison
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:52 am
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist In an op-ed published in today’s Roll Call, Dr. Lynn Goldman, Dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, makes the case for why TSCA reform legislation needs to include changes to the provisions of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that govern requirements for new chemicals prior to market entry. The op-ed is notable for two reasons.  First, it addresses a key difference between the Senate and House versions of TSCA reform legislation.  The Frank R. Lautenberg…
  • Walmart Takes Important First Step on Disclosing Product Ingredients

    Jennifer McPartland
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    By Jennifer McPartlandJennifer McPartland, Ph.D., is a Health Scientist, Alissa Sasso is a Research Consultant. Imagine you’re standing in the shopping aisle looking for a new brand of lotion that won’t irritate your baby’s skin. You find yourself surveying at least a dozen different lotion labels trying to understand and compare product ingredients. The process is frustrating and slow, not to mention confusing—what are some of these things even used for? You’re ready to pull your hair out! You are not alone. Inadequate access to ingredient information has long been a systemic…
  • We don’t know how many chemicals are in use today. We should know.

    Richard Denison
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist. No one knows how many chemicals are in use today.  It’s a problem that we don’t. The TSCA Inventory lists about 85,000 chemicals, but because it is a cumulative list that started in 1979, it lists all chemicals that have been in commerce at some point since then.  It is not a list of chemicals currently on the market. EPA periodically collects information on chemicals produced or imported above a certain volume threshold (currently set at 25,000 pounds per reporting site in the reporting year).  In the most recent…
  • How the Senate and House TSCA reform bills stack up against the Administration’s Principles for TSCA Reform

    Richard Denison
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:07 am
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist. In September 2009, the Obama Administration issued its Essential Principles for Reform of Chemicals Management Legislation “to help inform efforts underway in Congress to reauthorize and significantly strengthen the effectiveness of TSCA.”  These principles have guided EPA’s testimony and other statements relating to the Senate and House legislative proposals to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act. Now that the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576) has passed the House of Representatives, and the Frank R.
  • A mixed bag: Comparing the preemption provisions of the House and Senate TSCA reform bills

    Richard Denison
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:02 pm
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist. There are some clear similarities, and some clear differences, between the preemption provisions of the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576) and the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697), the House and Senate TSCA reform bills.  Without getting too far into the weeds, I’ll use this post to compare and contrast these controversial and complex aspects of the legislation.   Similarities First, as is the case with current TSCA, both bills apply preemption only on a chemical-specific…
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  • Can public engagement stunt academic careers?

    Andrew Maynard
    11 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    As an academic, I take public engagement seriously.  I see it as a responsibility that comes with the societally-sanctioned license to study the things that I’m passionate about.  And I consider it a privilege to interact with others who can inform what I do as well as potentially benefitting from it.  Yet I’d be the first to admit that engaging with non-academics isn’t exactly a badge of honor within the hallowed halls of academia. Mostly, this feeling that spending time talking with and listening to people who aren’t academically “institutionalized”…
  • Characterizing nanoparticles in the 1880’s

    Andrew Maynard
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:49 pm
    On May 29th, there were 52,000 nanoparticles per cubic centimeter of air measured at the top of the Eiffel Tower. This may not seem the most compelling opening to an article, until you realize that the measurement was made in 1889 - over 100 years before nanotechnology and nanoparticles began hitting headlines as one of the most talked about emerging technologies in recent decades. The particles were measured by the Scottish scientist John Aitken, using his newly developed device for counting airborne dust particles. The post Characterizing nanoparticles in the 1880’s appeared first on…
  • Politics don’t always play a role in attitudes toward science issues

    Andrew Maynard
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    Comments provided for GENeS on the launch of the Pew Research Center attitudes survey on Americans, Politics and Science Issues (July 1 2015) Political leanings are frequently associated with attitudes toward science and technology in the U.S.  Yet as the most recent poll from the Pew Research Center on Americans, Politics and Science Issues shows, public attitudes toward science and technology depend on a far more diverse and complex set of factors. This latest survey uses tried and tested statistical approaches to assess the degree to which different factors predict attitudes toward…
  • A call to proactively support Women in Science

    Andrew Maynard
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:43 pm
    The past few decades have seen a substantial and positive shift in attitudes towards women in science and engineering.  And yet, they continue to face an uphill struggle against ingrained attitudes and actions that create barriers to having a full, rewarding, equitable, and respected career in fields encompassed by science, technology, engineering and math. Athene Donald – a long-time advocate of women in science, and Professor of Physics at the University of Cambridge Cavendish Laboratory – recently suggested that people commit to “taking one action, just one, in their…
  • Should indoor tanning be banned?

    Andrew Maynard
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    Just how dangerous is indoor tanning? A couple of weeks ago, colleagues from the University of Michigan published an article with a rather stark recommendation: an immediate age limited ban on indoor tanning in all U.S. states, followed by a five-year phase-in ban for all commercial tanning. The post Should indoor tanning be banned? appeared first on 2020 Science.
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  • OSHA Nano-Workplace Factsheet

    John C. Monica, Jr.
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    OSHA's factsheet for working safely nanomaterials in the workplace suggests including the following basics in worker training and instruction: • Identification of nanomaterials the employer uses and the processes in which they are used; • Results from any exposure assessments conducted at the work site; • Identification of engineering and administrative controls and personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce exposure to nanomaterials; • The use and limitations of PPE; and • Emergency measures to take in the event of a nanomaterial spill or release. OSHA also recommends using its…
  • Reminder: EPA Comment Period Closing

    John C. Monica, Jr.
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Just a reminder that the extended comment period for EPA's proposed rule regarding reporting and recordkeeping requirements for certain nanoscale materials closes August 5, 2015. Readers can find a copy of the proposed rule here:!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPPT-2010-0572-0001
  • And now for something slightly different: SEC Updates Keeping Ahead of the Regulatory Curve

    Robert Oszakiewski
    26 Jun 2013 | 11:58 am
     Our colleagues on our sister blogsite Federal Securities Law Blog have been tracking new and updated SEC regulations that could impact on the businesses of our readers.  The  articles in their most recent eBook  SEC Updates: Keeping Ahead of the Regulatory Curve (which you can download here ) discuss three important SEC regulatory changes: compensation committee rules, conflict minerals reporting and whether companies that use social media to communicate with investors are complying with Regulation Fair Disclosure.
  • Nanoforart

    Robert Oszakiewski
    7 Mar 2013 | 12:16 pm
      "A thing of beauty" , as John Keats once wrote, may be "a joy forever", but works of art, whether they are sculptures, paintings, buildings, or books, do not last forever. Over time, delicate pigments fade, restoration or conservation attempts may go wrong, or objects of art may be attacked, such as the attack by Laszlo Toth on Michelangelo's Pieta or the more recent destruction of theBuddhas of Bamiyan by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. While it may not be able to prevent vandalism, the Nanoforart project has taken on the task of…
  • First-to-File Patent System Arrives March 16, 2013

    Martin Miller
    22 Feb 2013 | 8:20 am
    With significant changes to law governing how the U.S. grants patents taking effect next month, Porter Wright recommends that all clients consider filing any contemplated patent applications by March 15. This includes filing non-provisional patent applications, and in some cases Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patent applications, that are based upon any provisional or non-U.S. patent application filed since March 2012. Though there are some exceptions to this advice, waiting until after March 15 may be problematic. In brief: For patent applications having any claim with an effective…
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  • USA Increasing hypersonic weapons program funding again to try to get to deployable weapons early in 2020s

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    The US is planning to scale up development and testing of hypersonic missiles again.Conventional prompt global strike (CPGS) hypersonic weapons would allow the United States to strike targets anywhere on Earth in as little as an hour. This capability may bolster U.S. efforts to deter and defeat adversaries by allowing the United States to attack high-value targets or “fleeting targets” at the start of or during a conflict. Congress has generally supported the PGS mission, but it has restricted funding and suggested some changes in funding for specific programs. CPGS weapons would not…
  • Ballistic Missiles with tungsten flechette kinetic energy warheads

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
    An Congressional analysis of hypersonic weapons also looked at modifying ballistic missiles to have non-nuclear warheads. The Navy looked closely at tungsten rod kinetic energy weapons on several occasions.A 47 page Congressional Research Bureau report Conventional Prompt Global Strike and Long-Range Ballistic Missiles: Background and Issues was written by Amy F. Woolf, Specialist in Nuclear Weapons Policy.Navy Reentry Vehicle ResearchIn 2009, there was the Medium Lift Reentry Body program. It would be too large to fit on a Trident missile, but could carry the warhead on the intermediate…
  • High-Performance Single-Molecule Diode that outperforms the best of its predecessors by a factor of 50.

    4 Aug 2015 | 10:36 am
    A team of researchers from Columbia University and Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry has passed a major milestone in molecular electronics with the creation of a single-molecule diode that outperforms the best of its predecessors by a factor of 50.“Using an ionic solution, two gold electrodes of dramatically different exposed surface areas, and a single symmetric molecule specially designed by the Luis Campos’ group at Columbia, we were able to create a diode that resulted in a rectification ratio, the ratio of forward to reverse current at fixed voltage, in excess of 200, a record for…
  • Graphene with strontium titanium oxide able to convert 5% of waste heat of car engines into electricity

    4 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
    Graphene could lead to greener more fuel efficient cars in the future by converting heat into electricity.Harvesting heat produced by a car’s engine which would otherwise be wasted and using it to recharge the car’s batteries or powering the air-conditioning system could be a significant feature in the next generation of hybrid cars.The average car currently loses around 70% of energy generated through fuel consumption to heat. Utilising that lost energy requires a thermoelectric material which can generate an electrical current from the application of heat.Currently, materials which…
  • US South has a rising textile industry again because of cheap cotton and automation

    4 Aug 2015 | 9:56 am
    Surging labor and energy costs in China are eroding its competitiveness in manufacturing. According to the Boston Consulting Group, manufacturing wages adjusted for productivity have almost tripled in China over the last decade, to an estimated $12.47 an hour last year from $4.35 an hour in 2004.Today, for every $1 required to manufacture in the United States, Boston Consulting estimates that it costs 96 cents to manufacture in China. Yarn production costs in China are now 30 percent higher than in the United States, according to the International Textile Manufacturers Federation.The prospect…
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  • MassChallenge to open innovation center in Newton

    Sara Castellanos
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:32 pm
    MassChallenge, a Boston-based startup accelerator program, is set to open an innovation center in Newton later this fall. MassChallenge partnered with Newton Mayor Setti Warren and will collaborate with the Cambridge Innovation Center to create a new space at the former 5,000-square-foot Newton Corner Library building. Scott Bailey, managing director of MassChallenge, said Newton was the perfect location for an innovation center because many startup founders and mentors in the program have connections…
  • Obama nominates Boston employment lawyer to federal bench

    Greg Ryan
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:45 am
    Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP partner Inga Bernstein has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be a judge in federal court in Boston. Bernstein, who has been with the Boston-based firm for 20 years, specializes in employment law, family law and criminal defense. She has been a partner with Zalkind Duncan since 2001 and heads the firm’s employment practice. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Bernstein would replace Judge Douglas Woodlock, who is semi-retired. Bernstein represents employees…
  • Burlington industrial tech company acquired by billion-dollar tech giant Jabil

    Sara Castellanos
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:34 am
    Kasalis, a Burlington-based industrial technology firm, has been acquired by publicly-traded electronic products firm Jabil Circuit Inc., headquartered in Florida. Terms of the acquisition by Jabil (NYSE: JBL), which happened in May, were not disclosed. The Kasalis office in Burlington will remain open and be expanded as part of the acquisition, growing headcount from 27 to about 40 within the next few months, said Irvin Stein, senior global business units director of Jabil Optics, the division…
  • These four Boston-area nonprofit fundraisers know how to bring in the money

    Mary Moore
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:26 am
    Fundraising makes or breaks nonprofits, and the people who bring in the donations are among the most coveted in the sector. Development professionals who work at four Massachusetts nonprofits are included on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s most recent list of top fundraisers nationwide. Released this week, the list isolates the nonprofits nationwide that had raised at least $35 million in private donations in the 2013 fiscal year. The Chronicle of Philanthropy then identified the people who raise…
  • Lab building sells for $104M in substantial suburban deal

    Catherine Carlock
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
    A joint venture of The Carlyle Group and King Street Properties has acquired a 182,000-square-foot lab building at 830 Winter St. in Waltham for $104.2 million, or $572 per square foot. The substantial deal is among the highest-price lab transactions in the Boston suburbs so far this year. The Carlyle Group/King Street Properties joint venture acquired the Waltham property from Boston-based Intercontinental Real Estate Corp., which acquired it in 2005 as part of a sale-leaseback deal with Praecis…
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