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University/industry partnerships work: Don't kill the golden goose
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Robin Rasor, president of the Association of University Technology Managers, responds to a recent article in the Washington Post. "As president of AUTM, an association that represents managers of academic intellectual property, I can point to solid data indicating that such hopes are well founded. The Bayh-Dole Act, the subject of a recent Supreme Court ruling, is the basis for such faith. Rather than being a reason to scrap our system, we need to appreciate how far it has taken us in just 30 years." More

New technology allows lenses to change color rapidly
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A University of Connecticut scientist has perfected a method for creating quick-changing, variable colors in films and displays, such as sunglasses, that could lead to the next hot fashion accessory. The new technology also has captured the interest of the U.S. military as a way to assist soldiers who need to be able to see clearly in rapidly changing environments. The process for creating the lenses, for which a patent is pending, also is less expensive and less wasteful to manufacturers than previous methods. The findings were published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry. More

Graphene film could generate electricity from flowing water
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U.S. researchers hope a new method of harvesting energy from flowing water could help create self-powered microsensors for discovering oil. A team from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, have found a way of generating small amounts of electricity by flowing water over surfaces coated with graphene — a form of carbon that is one-atom thick. This energy should be enough to power tiny sensors that are placed in water or other fluids and pumped down into a potential oil well, said research leader Professor Nikhil Koratkar. More

Stem cell breakthrough heralds new era of therapy development
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Scientists at United Kingdom's Universities of Glasgow and Southampton have uncovered a new method for culturing adult stem cells which could lead to the creation of revolutionary stem cell therapies for conditions such as arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. More

NeuroSigma spinout NSVascular looks to commercialize UCLA stent technology
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NeuroSigma Inc. spun out NSVascular Inc. to develop two stent lines using thin-film nitinol technology developed at the University of California -Los Angeles under an exclusive licensing agreement. Los Angeles-based NeuroSigma said its new subsidiary plans to develop one type of stent to treat brain aneurysms and another to treat peripheral artery disease. The UCLA technology uses a "shape-memory" alloy of nickel and titanium called nitinol — widely used to make stents for a variety of indications — in a thin with "super-hydrophylic" properties that reduce the ability of blood platelets to adhere to the stent's surface. More

University of Minnesota researchers find new way to generate geothermal energy
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Potential investors are showing interest in a new geothermal energy production system that two University of Minnesota researchers hope to commercialize. The patent-pending, renewable way of generating electricity from underground heat also would help clean up the atmosphere, according to the researchers. More

Researchers push TPU operating temperatures
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A nanotechnology company has launched a nanocomposite thermoplastic polyurethane for use in seals to increase pump operating times and lower end users' costs. Brisbane, Australia-based TenasiTech Pty. Ltd. commercializes strong, stable and flexible TPUs. It was founded in 2007 by UniQuest Pty. Ltd., the University of Queensland's key commercialization company, after nine years of on-campus research and development. TenasiTech has exclusive worldwide rights to the technology it has developed. More

New nicotine gum to hit Canadian shelves
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Smokers looking to quit the habit often complain about the taste of nicotine gum, but a new product about to hit Canadian shelves boasts better flavors. Revolymer, a spinout company from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, has developed gum with two and four milligram doses of nicotine in flavors such as spearmint, peppermint and fresh fruit to help those looking to quit smoking. More

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