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Entrepreneurial universities
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Many people do not realize how important a role universities play in creating technology commercialized by the private sector. Every time a football team wins a big game, the players dump Gatorade — a licensed university invention — on the head coach. When we look for information on the Internet, most of us use the Google search engine, which was a university invention.University inventors have created many important drugs and medical treatments. Researchers at Wake Forest University's medical school, for instance, invented the vacuum assisted closure of wounds, which reduced by one third the time it takes wounds to heal. And researchers at the University of Wisconsin developed the anticoagulant Warfarin. More

Innovative nanoparticle purification system uses magnetic fields
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A team of Penn State University scientists has invented a new system that uses magnetism to purify hybrid nanoparticles — structures that are composed of two or more kinds of materials in an extremely small particle that is visible only with an electron microscope. Team leaders Mary Beth Williams, an associate professor of chemistry, and Raymond Schaak, a professor of chemistry, explained that the never-before-tried method will not only help scientists to remove impurities from such particles, it also will help researchers to distinguish between hybrid nanoparticles that appear to be identical when viewed under an electron microscope, but that have different magnetism — a great challenge in recent nanoparticle research. More

Bacteria neutralizing nuclear waste seen
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Microbes that can clean up and neutralize nuclear waste and other toxic metals do it by generating their own electricity, U.S. researchers say. Researchers at Michigan State University say the process can be improved and could eventually benefit sites affected by nuclear contamination. The ability of Geobacter microbes to immobilize uranium has been well documented, but exactly how they achieve the result has been a mystery. More

Flexible electronics hold promise for consumer applications
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New research from Wake Forest University has advanced the field of plastic-based flexible electronics by developing, for the first time, an extremely large molecule that is stable, possesses excellent electrical properties and inexpensive to produce. The technology, developed by Oana Jurchescu, assistant professor of physics at Wake Forest, her graduate students Katelyn Goetz and Jeremy Ward, and interdisciplinary collaborators from Stanford University, Imperial College in London, University of Kentucky and Appalachian State University, eventually may turn scientific wonders — including artificial skin, smart bandages, flexible displays, smart windshields, wearable electronics and electronic wallpapers — into everyday realities. More

Get the light, beat the heat: Researchers develop new infrared coating for windows    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have unveiled a semiconductor nanocrystal coating material capable of controlling heat from the sun while remaining transparent. Based on electrochromic materials, which use a jolt of electric charge to tint a clear window, this breakthrough technology is the first to selectively control the amount of near infrared radiation. This radiation, which leads to heating, passes through the film without affecting its visible transmittance. Such a dynamic system could add a critical energy-saving dimension to "smart window" coatings. More

Innovative superconductor fibers carry 40 times more than copper
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Researchers at Tel Aviv University's Raymond and Beverly Sackler School of Physics and Astronomy have developed superconducting wires using fibers made of single crystals of sapphire to be used in high powered cables. Factoring in temperature requirements, each tiny wire can carry approximately 40 times more electricity than a copper wire of the same size. More

Internet could run 10 times faster with graphene
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Internet connections could run ten times faster than current speeds, according to research published in the journal Nature Communication. University of Manchester and Cambridge scientists have discovered a key step in improving characteristics of graphene for use as photodetectors in high-speed optical communications. Graphene is a form of carbon just one atom thick and yet 100 times stronger than steel. More

Rice University demonstrates full-duplex wireless technology
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Rice University researchers announced they have successfully demonstrated full-duplex wireless technology that would allow a doubling of network traffic without the need for more cell towers. Ahutosh Sabharwal, a Rice professor of electrical and computer engineering, said the innovative full-duplex technology requires a minimal amount of new hardware for both mobile devices and networks. However, Sabharwal added that full-duplex technology does require new wireless standards, meaning it might not be available for several years as carriers move to 5G, or Fifth Generation, networks. More

Scientists discover switch that turns white fat brown
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Scientists have discovered a biological switch that gives energy-storing white fat the characteristics of energy-burning brown fat. The findings could lead to new strategies for treating obesity. The animal study by researchers at The Ohio State University Medical Center shows that the change is due to the activation of a nerve and biochemical pathway that begins in the hypothalamus, an area of the brain involved in energy balance, and ends in white fat cells. This pathway, called the hypothalamic-adipocyte axis, also induces brown-fat-like cells within masses of white fat. The white-to-brown fat transformation occurs when animals are placed in an enriched environment, one with a variety of social and physical challenges. The findings are published in the journal Cell Metabolism. More

Wichita University research to focus on battlefield fractures
The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Officials with two research institutes in Wichita are hopeful that research on a device that would stabilize fractures in the battlefield could someday reduce the number of amputations that often follow such injuries. The Department of Defense recently awarded a $1.4 million grant to the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University and the Center of Innovation for Biomaterials in Orthopaedic Research. Officials at the two institutes believe the work could have commercial potential, perhaps as the spinoff of a Kansas-based company to manufacture the device. More

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