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  • Identifying the complex growth process of strontium titanate thin films

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Researchers in Japan have achieved the first successful atomic-level observation of growing strontium titanate thin films.
  • Making radiation-proof materials for electronics, power plants

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster made the dangers of radiation all too real. To avoid similar tragedies in the future, scientists are working to develop new radiation-proof materials for nuclear power plants, as well as for less obvious applications such as medical devices and airplanes. An article in Chemical & Engineering News explores the latest developments.
  • Making new materials an atomic layer at a time

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    Researchers have shown the ability to grow high quality, single-layer materials one on top of the other using chemical vapor deposition. This highly scalable technique, often used in the semiconductor industry, can produce new materials with unique properties that could be applied to solar cells, ultracapacitors for energy storage, or advanced transistors for energy efficient electronics, among many other applications.
  • Relieving electric vehicle range anxiety with improved batteries

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    A new nanomaterial called a metal organic framework could extend the lifespan of lithium-sulfur batteries, which could be used to increase the driving range of electric vehicles. Researchers added the powder, a kind of nanomaterial called a metal organic framework, to the battery's cathode to capture problematic polysulfides that usually cause lithium-sulfur batteries to fail after a few charges. During lab tests, a lithium-sulfur battery with the new MOF cathode maintained 89 percent of its initial power capacity after 100 charge-and discharge cycles.
  • Scientists achieve first direct observations of excitons in motion

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    A quasiparticle called an exciton -- responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits -- has been understood theoretically for decades. But exciton movement within materials has never been directly observed. Now scientists have achieved that feat, imaging excitons' motions directly. This could enable research leading to significant advances in electronics, they say, as well as a better understanding of natural energy-transfer processes, such as photosynthesis.
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  • Under some LED bulbs whites aren't 'whiter than white'

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    For years, companies have been adding whiteners to laundry detergent, paints, plastics, paper and fabrics to make whites look "whiter than white," but now, with a switch away from incandescent and fluorescent lighting, different degrees of whites may all look the same, according to experts in lighting.
  • Astronomers discover first self-lensing binary star system

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    ( —A pair of astronomers at the University of Washington has discovered the first known instance of a self-lensing binary-star system. In their paper published in the journal Science, Ethan Kruse and Eric Agol describe how they happened across the previously theorized system while looking for undiscovered planets.
  • Researchers create methylation maps of Neanderthals and Denisovans, compare them to modern humans

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    ( —A team of Israeli, Spanish and German researchers has for the first time created a map of gene expression in Neanderthals and Denisovans and has compared them with modern humans. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes how they applied epigentics to the study of our two closest known ancestors and discovered variations that might account for their differences in body shape and susceptibility to some modern neurological diseases.
  • Storms threaten second launch try to space station

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    SpaceX is back on the launch pad in hopes of making a critical delivery to the International Space Station.
  • 'Dressed' laser aimed at clouds may be key to inducing rain, lightning

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    The adage "Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it," may one day be obsolete if researchers at the University of Central Florida's College of Optics & Photonics and the University of Arizona further develop a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning.
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  • US government report highlights flaws in US nanotechnology effort

    Jim Lewis
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Credit: GAO adapted from Executive Office of the President Here at Nanodot we often report on basic research that may lie on the path to atomically precise manufacturing, and we also frequently report on nanoscale science and technology research that promises near-term revolutionary developments in medicine, computation, energy and other application areas, but we seldom have anything to say about the transition from research to commercial production. The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) is worried about this same lack, and has identified an important nanotechnology policy…
  • Programmable nanoprocessors integrated into a nanowire nanocomputer

    Jim Lewis
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Credit: Yao et al. Proc Nat Acad Sci USA Three years ago we noted “the world’s first programmable nanoprocessor” achieved by a collaboration between Harvard and MITRE [also, see further details here]. This year the same interdisciplinary team has taken further key steps toward a functioning nanoelectronic computer based on integrating several of the tiles that they first reported three years ago. A hat tip to KurzweilAI for reprinting this news release from MITRE “MITRE-Harvard Team’s Ultra-tiny Nanocomputer May Point the Way to Further Miniaturization in…
  • Bigger, stiffer, roomier molecular cages from structural DNA nanotechnology

    Jim Lewis
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:07 pm
    The five cage-shaped DNA polyhedra here have struts stabilizing their legs, and this innovation allowed a Wyss Institute team to build by far the largest and sturdiest DNA cages yet. The largest, a hexagonal prism (right), is one-tenth the size of an average bacterium. Credit: Yonggang Ke/Harvard's Wyss Institute The use of structural DNA nanotechnology to build atomically precise scaffolds for positioning systems of molecular machines and other nanoscale functional elements [see, for example "Advancing nanotechnology by organizing functional components on addressable DNA scaffolds"] took a…
  • Chemists provide new tool for nanotechnology-modifying the right carbon atom

    Jim Lewis
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Credit: The Yu Lab, The Scripps Research Institute Advancements targeted to improving medical care continue to provide tools that could advance development of high throughput atomically precise manufacturing. In the latest example, chemists have developed a method to add a functional group to a specific carbon atom several atoms away from a given atom. A hat tip to ScienceDaily for reprinting this news release from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) “Building New Drugs Just Got Easier“: Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed a method for modifying…
  • Notes on 2014 Foresight nanotechnology conference

    Jim Lewis
    7 Mar 2014 | 3:17 pm
    17th Foresight Conference: “The Integration Conference“ February 7-9, 2014 Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, Palo Alto Silicon Valley, California, USA Conference Co-Chairs: Rob Meagley, Founder, ONE Nanotechnologies William A. Goddard, Director, Materials and Process Simulation Center, Caltech Roadmap Keynote: The Roadmap to Success Paolo Gargini, ITRS Chairman, Former Intel Fellow and Director of Technology Strategy Entrepreneurship Keynote: Disruptive Innovation and Accelerating Change Steve Jurvetson, Managing Director of Draper, Fisher, Jurvetson Integration Keynote: Nanotechnology:…
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  • Virus structure inspires novel understanding of onion-like carbon nanoparticles

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Symmetry is ubiquitous in the natural world. It occurs in gemstones and snowflakes and even in biology, an area typically associated with complexity and diversity. There are striking examples: the shapes of virus particles, such as those causing the common cold, are highly symmetrical and look like tiny footballs.
  • The motion of the medium matters for self-assembling particles, research shows

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Earlier work assumed that the liquid medium in which certain self-assembling particles float could be treated as a placid vacuum, but a University of Pennsylvania team has shown that fluid dynamics play a crucial role in the kind and quality of the structures that can be made in this way.
  • Domain walls in nanowires cleverly set in motion

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz have achieved a major breakthrough in the development of methods of information processing in nanomagnets. Using a new trick, they have been able to induce synchronous motion of the domain walls in a ferromagnetic nanowire.
  • Graphene nanoribbons as electronic switches

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    One of graphene's most sought-after properties is its high conductivity. Argentinian and Brazilian physicists have now successfully calculated the conditions of the transport, or conductance mechanisms, in graphene nanoribbons. The results, recently published in a paper in EPJ B, yield a clearer theoretical understanding of conductivity in graphene samples of finite size, which have applications in externally controlled electronic devices.
  • Rebar technique strengthens case for graphene

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Carbon nanotubes become reinforcing bars that make two-dimensional graphene much easier to handle in a hybrid material developed at Rice University.
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  • Abstract book - NANOPOSTER 2014 - WELCOME!

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Dear Participants and Visitors, welcome on the 4th Virtual Nanotechnology Poster Conference (14-18 April 2014). Please visit the accepted posters, contact the authors, left comments, and share the science on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. To left comments under posters please join our event-group. Special thanks to our golden sponsor IZON! Virtual abstract book: Direct preparation of one-dimensional nanostructures in superfluid helium droplets Single walled carbon nanotubes induce peroxidase activity in whole blood Nanodentistry: nanotechnological impact on dental materials and procedures…
  • Atomistic Simulation Of Gan Based Light Emitting Devices - Italy

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    In the framework of the FP7 project no. 318388 "NEWLED" GaN based Light Emitting Devices have to be simulated. A correlation between the InGaN composition and fluctuation strength and their impact on IQE will be identified within this study. The modelling results will be employed for interpretation of the characterisation data and design of LED structures that would utilise advantageous properties of nano-structured semiconductors. Please note that the full description may be available in the national language since some job boards have their own publication policy. Thank you for your…
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate In Membrane Biochemistry And Biophysics - University of Oxford -United Kingdom

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    We are seeking an enthusiastic, mature and motivated scientist with experience in membrane biochemistry and biophysics and an ability to work to the highest standards. Previous experience in the field using lipid nano-particles, biophysical quantitation of spectroscopic, microscopic and chemical analysis, as well as binding data, is essential. The applicant must possess a PhD/DPhil in a relevant area and have the ability to work closely with others as part of a team, while taking personal responsibility for assigned tasks. An ability to organise work time efficiently and to deliver high…
  • Phd Studentship – Laser Based X-Ray Microscopy - Investigation Of Crystal Nucleation Phenomena, Biological Structure And Nano Material Structure, The University of Southampton -United Kingdom

    12 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Chemistry Location:   Highfield Campus Closing Date:   Tuesday 01 July 2014 Interview Date:  Reference:   391314EB PhD Supervisor: Prof Jeremy Frey PhD Description:  The ultrafast x-ray imaging group in Southampton, a collaboration between Chemistry and the ORC has developed a high resolution x-ray microscope based on high harmonic generation (HHG) and coherent diffraction imaging and pytography with which we currently can achieve better than 50 nm spatial resolution.  These techniques use computational power to replace a lens system (not possible with x-rays) to enable the…
  • Call for papers for Special Issue for Recent Patents on Nanomedicine (BENTHAM Science)

    12 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    Bioinspired and Bio Functionalized Nanoparticle in Biomedical application Guest Editor(s): Arun G. IngaleTentative Publish Date: November, 2014 http:// Tentative OutlineSpecial Issue for Recent Patents on Nanomedicine Bioinspired and Biofunctionalised Nanoparticle in Biomedical application Guest Editor: Prof. Arun G. Ingale Aims & Scope:The area of nanobiotechnology has matured over the past decade and is still growing rapidly. Many concepts developed for molecular medicine and drug discovery have been successfully…
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  • Report: Staggering amounts of toxic chemicals produced across America

    Alissa Sasso
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    By Alissa SassoAlissa Sasso is a Chemicals Policy Fellow.  Richard Denison, Ph.D. is a Lead Senior Scientist. [Cross-posted from EDFVoices blog] Recent spills in West Virginia and North Carolina cast a spotlight on toxic hazards in our midst. But as bad as they are, these acute incidents pale in scope compared to the chronic flow of hazardous chemicals coursing through our lives each day with little notice and minimal regulation. A new report by EDF, Toxics Across America, tallies billions of pounds of chemicals in the American marketplace that are known or strongly suspected to cause…
  • Conflicted West Virginia chemical spill panel is repeating many of CDC’s mistakes

    Richard Denison
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist. Yesterday, the chair of a “Health Effects Expert Panel” convened by the West Virginia Testing Assessment Project (WV TAP) held a press conference to present the panel’s preliminary findings from its review of the “safe” level set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for MCHM and other chemicals that spilled into the Elk River in early January and contaminated the drinking water of 300,000 West Virginia residents. A final report from the panel apparently won’t be released until May, but a press release issued…
  • No more just California Dreamin’: First three priority products proposed

    Jennifer McPartland
    13 Mar 2014 | 12:15 pm
    By Jennifer McPartlandJennifer McPartland, Ph.D. is a Health Scientist. Today the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced its first three draft priority products—the next major milestone in the implementation of its Safer Consumer Product (SCP) regulations to address chemicals of concern in the marketplace.  While we’re still at the start of a long process, today’s announcement is the clearest indicator to date of the impact these regulations may have on consumer products. The release of the draft priority products follows DTSC’s release last September of…
  • House TSCA reform discussion draft: Major problem #2 – Preemption of State authority

    Richard Denison
    6 Mar 2014 | 8:22 am
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist. The House’s discussion draft of the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA) issued last week was accompanied by statements from both its sponsor and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) claiming that it represents a “balanced” approached to reform of the Toxic Substances Control ACT (TSCA). Despite the rhetoric, however, the draft is anything but balanced, and instead pegs the needle far to one side of the dial.  My earlier post describes the massive requirements EPA must meet in order to regulate a dangerous chemical and how far…
  • House TSCA reform discussion draft: Major problem #1 – EPA regulatory hoops

    Richard Denison
    4 Mar 2014 | 9:25 am
    By Richard DenisonRichard Denison, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist. Imagine the following scenario under a new TSCA based on the House discussion draft issued last week:  A major consumer products company decides to expand its line of air fresheners with a new peppermint flavor.  After introducing the new product, information surfaces indicating that one of the product’s ingredients that imparts that aroma causes mutations in a standard genetic toxicity test. Based on the high hazard and exposure potential, EPA designates the chemical as high priority, requires additional data to be…
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  • Physics Quiz: The Standard Model

    Eric Drexler
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    The Wikipedia page on the Standard Model currently includes the diagram below: What do the arcs represent? Which of the arcs is incorrect? Extra credit, Wikipedia history department:   How did one correction lead to both errors? Added: Where is a second arc missing? (This makes question 3 ambiguous.) 17 April update: added question 4 after contemplating weak interactions and checking the literature
  • The five kinds of nanotechnology

    Eric Drexler
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Why understanding seems stuck: I count five kinds of nanotechnology, of which only three are called by that name. Of the three, one is a revolutionary prospect, one is a fantasy, and the third is mostly materials science. As for the other two kinds, one is the heart of today’s greatest technological revolution, while the other is the basis for progress toward the revolutionary prospect — but neither of these is called “nanotechnology”. This may seem confusing, and it is. Indeed, people who think they know something about “nanotechnology” often have a lot to unlearn, and would be…
  • Rise of the robots (per the Economist)

    Eric Drexler
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    In the Economist: “Rise of the robots: Prepare for a robot invasion. It will change the way people think about technology”. The robotics revolution is, of course, riding the exponential wave of today’s leading nanotechnology, digital nanoelectronics, and today’s robots give only a taste of what nanomechanical technologies will enable through radical improvements in the cost and performance of physical products. We really need to think about the real future — how to manage a world with pervasive robotics, pervasive surveillance, and radical material abundance (there’s a book about…
  • The end of the thermodynamics of computation?

    Eric Drexler
    29 Mar 2014 | 9:20 am
    In a recent post, the always intelligent and provocative Cosma Shalizi notes John D. Norton’s argument against (nearly) thermodynamically reversible computation, but Norton’s argument is mistaken. In his paper “The End of the Thermodynamics of Computation: A No-Go Result,” Norton correctly states that “In a [nearly] thermodynamically reversible process, all component systems are in [nearly] perfect equilibrium with one another at all stages,” and then discusses systems in which “Fluctuations will carry the system spontaneously from one stage to another [and as] a result, the…
  • Civilizational impact

    Eric Drexler
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
    Nanoelectronics is a nanotechnology that makes possible the drone technologies that threaten to upend the power relationships that underpin modern civilization: Drones will cause an upheaval of society like we haven’t seen in 700 years Noah Smith is often worth reading:
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    Soft Machines

  • What’s the best way of harvesting the energy of the sun?

    Richard Jones
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:09 pm
    This is another post inspired by my current first year physics course, The Physics of Sustainable Energy (PHY123). Calculations are all rough, order of magnitude estimates – if you don’t believe them, try doing them for yourself. We could get all the energy we need from the sun, in principle. Even from our cloudy UK skies an average of 100 W arrives at the surface per square meter. Each person in the UK uses energy at an average rate of 3.4 kW, so if we each could harvest the sun from a mere 34 square meters with 100% efficiency, that would do the job. For all 63 million of us,…
  • On universities and economic growth

    Richard Jones
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:37 am
    I wrote this short piece for the online magazine The Conversation as a comment on the government’s response to the Witty Review on universities and economic growth. It was published there as Budget 2014: cash for research set against an overall story of long-term decline; as the new title suggests it was edited to give more prominence to the new science-related announcements in the Budget. Here’s the original version. Current UK innovation policy has taken on a medieval cast; no sooner do we have “Catapult Centres” for translational research established, than there is…
  • What should we do about climate change? Two opposing views, and they’re both wrong

    Richard Jones
    6 Mar 2014 | 5:53 am
    In the last 250 years, humanity has become completely dependent on fossil fuel energy. This dependence on fossil fuels has materially changed our climate; these changes will continue and intensify in the future. While uncertainty remains about the future extent and consequences of climate change, there is no uncertainty about the causal link between burning fossil fuel, increasing carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere, and a warming world. This summarises my previous two long posts, about the history of our fossil fuel dependence, and the underlying physics of climate change. What…
  • Climate change: what do we know for sure, and what is less certain?

    Richard Jones
    2 Mar 2014 | 12:19 pm
    In another post inspired by my current first year physics course, The Physics of Sustainable Energy (PHY123), I suggest how a physicist might think about climate change. The question of climate change is going up the political agenda again; in the UK recent floods have once again raised the question of whether recent extreme weather can be directly attributed to human-created climate change, or whether such events are likely to be more frequent in the future as a result of continuing human induced global warming. One UK Energy Minister – Michael Fallon – described the climate…
  • How did we come to depend so much on fossil fuels?

    Richard Jones
    23 Feb 2014 | 3:48 am
    This is another post inspired by my current first year physics course, The Physics of Sustainable Energy (PHY123). Each inhabitant of the UK is responsible for consuming, on average, the energy equivalent of 3.36 tonnes of oil every year. 88% of this energy is in the form of fossil fuels (about 35% each for gas and oil, and the rest in coal). This dependence on fossil fuels is something new; premodern economies were powered entirely by the sun. Heat came from firewood, which stores the solar energy collected by photosynthesis for at most a few seasons. Work was done by humans themselves,…
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    Next Big Future

  • How China Manages Urbanization is Critical

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Over the past three decades and a half, China's urban population has risen from less than one-fifth of the total to more than half, which means about 500 million people have been added to the urban population. By 2030, up to 70 percent of China's population is likely to live in cities - that is, one in every six urbanites in the world will live in China.This is an opinion article by an author who is the World Bank chief economist for the East Asia and Pacific Region.How China urbanizes, therefore, is important not only to China, but also the rest of the world. It is also critical for…
  • Immigrants may be over 50% of Russian Population by 2050 and become a predominantly Muslim Country

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:19 pm
    If current trends continue, half of the population of the Russian Federation in its current borders will consist of immigrants, according to a new Moscow study, a conclusion clearly intended to feed anti-immigrant feelings and, more speculatively, designed to promote a discussion of what can and should be done, including the changing of those borders.If half of the country’s population in 2050 does in fact consist of migrants, that country will have a Muslim majority, given the share of indigenous Muslim peoples already there. On the one hand, that is a frightening prospect for many…
  • Skylon single stage to orbit hypersonic spaceplane update from January 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    The Les Sayer Memorial Lecture given by Alan Bond (Aerospace Engineer, Reaction Engines) titled "Skylon: Shaping Tomorrow" more information about the NEAS, visit more »
  • China stockpiling about 24000 tons of Uranium each year at current low prices

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    China stockpiled about 24000 tons of extra uranium purchased at the price of about $35 per pound. This was above the 6300 tons that China needed to run their current nuclear reactors. Total 2013 uranium imports into China reached $2.39 billion. Canada, the world's second largest natural uranium producer, commenced shipping natural uranium to China in 2012."In the future, the Athabasca Basin [in Saskatchewan, Canada] will be the biggest source of uranium for the whole world," stated Uranium Guru Thomas Drolet in a recent interview with Financial Press.China will have higher…
  • Russia finalizes 150 MW MBIR fast neutron research reactor design

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    A committee of Russian scientists has signed off on the design of a MBIR fast neutron nuclear reactor, moving the project closer to full-scale construction, a research institute involved in the project said Wednesday. Russia, the United States and France signed a deal last June to jointly conduct research at the reactor in Dimitrovgrad in Russia's Volga region, in hopes of studying new types of nuclear fuel, construction materials and coolants.A multi-purpose international research center will be established as part of the project, which also produce radioactive isotopes for medical…
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  • Verastem to move headquarters to Needham from Cambridge

    Don Seiffert
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    Cancer stem cell biotechnology firm Verastem has leased a 15,000-square-foot space in Needham for a new corporate headquarters and laboratory, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the filing this morning, the company — which is now based at 215 First St. in Cambridge’s Kendall Square — signed an agreement earlier this week for a five-year lease starting immediately. In an email, Verastem’s Chief Business Officer Brian Sullivan confirmed that the…
  • Survey says Boston-area entrepreneurs optimistic about hiring, profits, access to capital

    David Harris
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    The majority of Boston entrepreneurs have been doing well and expect to continue on that path, according to a survey by the Boston chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a global network of more than 9,500 business owners in 40 countries.  According to the survey: Sixty-three percent of EO Boston respondents increased the number of full-time employees during the last six months — 8 percent more than EO respondents globally. Seventy-eight percent of respondents expect to increase their…
  • Quincy-based Granite Telecommunications reaches $950M in revenue, gives $950 bonuses to all employees

    Sara Castellanos
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    Granite Telecommunications announced this week it raised $950 million in annual revenue and will be awarding all employees with a $950 bonus. In January, CEO Rob Hale set a goal to reach $950 million in annualized revenue, and ended up meeting the goal by end of March — three months ahead of projections, according to the company. The Quincy-based company, a provider of telecom and related communication services, has more than 1,150 employees. If the company reaches $1 billion in annual revenue…
  • Goldman Sachs-backed BackOffice Associates to open five new offices around the globe

    David Harris
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    Goldman Sachs-backed data management company BackOffice Associates of Cape Cod announced that it opened five new offices around the world as demand increases for its data management software and services. The five new offices include locations in Richmond, Va.; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Bangalore and Hyderabad, India; and Melbourne, Australia. The South Harwich-based company said more than 25 new employees have joined the BackOffice Associates team as a result of the new office openings. In…
  • Oh shuck: Oyster recalls highlight spread of West Coast bacteria in Mass.

    Craig Douglas
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:54 am
    Federal regulators are warning diners to use caution when ingesting raw oysters this year amid recalls by shellfish farms in Massachusetts and Connecticut that have detected a saltwater-based bacteria that can cause severe illness and in rare cases death. According to Bloomberg News, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vibrio infections spiked 75 percent last year to the highest levels on record since 1996, when tracking of the bacteria’s effects first started.  "The CDC…
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