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Jan. 19, 2012

Johns Hopkins sensor detects overheating in lithium-ion batteries
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Stories of exploding lithium-ion batteries could become much rarer if a team of scientists at Johns Hopkins University succeed in licensing new technology they've created. Researchers at the Baltimore university have developed a sensor that can warn of impending failure in the batteries, which power millions of notebooks, mobile phones and electric vehicles. The scientists in the institution's Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., have figured out a way to detect unsafe thermal conditions at the critical instant when they occur and before the battery cell vents or sets itself and the battery on fire. The ultimate use of the sensor is to handle battery management and performance. More

Penn's cancer institute is suing a former top aide and his firm in the theft of intellectual property
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The University of Pennsylvania's cancer research institute is suing its former scientific director and a biotechnology company he founded for more than $1 billion, accusing him of stealing intellectual property and trying to profit from it. Craig B. Thompson, who joined Penn in 1999 as scientific director of the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, led pioneering studies of the metabolism of cancer cells, according to the lawsuit filed last month in federal court in New York City. More

New process makes heat-harvesting materials cheaply
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High-efficiency thermoelectric materials could lead to new types of cooling systems, and new ways to scavenge waste heat for electricity. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, have now developed an easy, inexpensive process to make such materials. The materials made by the RPI team already perform as well as those on the market, and the new process, which involves zapping chemicals in a microwave oven, offers room for improvement. "We haven't even optimized the process yet," says Ganpati Ramanath, a materials science and engineering professor at RPI. "We're confident that we can increase the efficiency further." More

Solar power generation based on the design of sunflowers
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Nature is considered as the best teacher; and although this statement sounds cliche, its relevancy cannot be overlooked. As man has discovered over time, nature creates maximum efficiency in everything it does. This universal truth has helped researchers at the MIT, who by working in tandem with the RWTH Aachen University in Germany have found that the best way to create the most efficient was to copy the pattern of the florets on the common sunflower. More

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Cabinet to consider bill on innovation universities
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The bill for setting up of world class Innovation Universities, 14 by the government and also by private sector, is all set for Cabinet clearance with a major change from its earlier draft. HRD ministry has accepted Planning Commission's view that not all innovation universities be planned from scratch but existing institutions be turned world class. Bill for the Cabinet now consists of a provision that would allow even existing universities to be notified as innovation universities. More

A simple separation solution for carbon nanotubes
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Single-walled carbon nanotubes exist in both metallic and semiconducting forms, but many of the applications of the materials require either one type or the other, making separation increasingly important. Until now, separation has often required techniques that can damage the samples and has only been achievable at the scale of micrograms. This makes purified nanotubes very expensive. More

Discovery of plant 'nourishing gene' could raise crop seed yield, food security news
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University of Warwick scientists have discovered a "nourishing gene" which controls the transfer of nutrients from plant to seed — a significant step which could help increase global food production. The research, led by the University of Warwick in collaboration with the University of Oxford and agricultural biotech research company Biogemma, has identified for the first time a gene, named Meg1, which regulates the optimum amount of nutrients flowing from mother to offspring in maize plants. More

How to Market your Technologies with the AUTM GTP
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Learn about AUTM's Global Technology Portal in a free webinar titled, How to Market Your Technologies with the AUTM GTP. What's the GTP? It's AUTM's exciting, new tool for showcasing academic technologies available for licensing. More

AUTM 'Better World Report' seeks technologies that help the world
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Do you have a licensed technology that is helping make the world a better place? If so, we want to hear about it. The Better World Report — which celebrates real-world examples of how academic research benefits humankind — is seeking story ideas for the 2012 edition. This year’s report will feature two stories per month in a dynamic, interactive, Web-based format. To learn more or to download a submission form, visit the Better World Project website at The first cutoff for submissions is Feb. 15. Subsequent deadlines will be announced throughout the year on a quarterly basis. More

University of Virginia ventures score $1.8 million in state funding to commercialize research (University of Virginia)

MediciNova and University of Colorado Boulder collaborate on potential novel therapy for traumatic brain injury (Comtext via MarketWatch)

Innovative rheumatoid arthritis therapy receives backing from Janssen (NewsMaker)

University of Florida researchers discover 'green' pesticide effective against citrus pests (University of Florida)




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