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AUTM mourns Ralph Davis, technology transfer pioneer
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AUTM mourns the passing of Ralph Davis, a longstanding AUTM member and a pioneer in the technology transfer field who was instrumental in drafting the Bayh-Dole Act. Mr. Davis, a Purdue University technology transfer pioneer and a collaborator with Sen. Birch Bayh, D-Ind., in drafting what became the Bayh-Dole Patent Act of 1980, passed away Sept. 27 in West Lafayette, Ind. In December 2010, at the AUTM Bayh-Dole 30th anniversary celebration, Bayh presented Mr. Davis with the Driving Innovation Award for his outstanding creativity, persistence and foresight in drafting the Bayh-Dole Act. AUTM member Joe Allen shared a tribute about Davis, which you can read on the AUTM website. Mr. Davis will be missed by the AUTM community. More

3 policies that gave us the jobs economy
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Sometimes two separate news events turn out to be related. That's the case with the Wall Street protesters and the extraordinary mourning at the death of Steve Jobs. Some protesters have praised Jobs as the billionaire who was different—unlike the callous Wall Streeters, he was "beneficial to society." There's a second connection. More than anything else, the Wall Street protesters feel powerless, mere individuals against great banks. Maybe the mourning over the Apple founder is so intense precisely because Jobs gave individuals power. It's hard to think of a gift more empowering than your own personal computer. More

Cornell to partner with Technion in tech campus proposal
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Cornell will partner with The Technion — Israel Institute of Technology in its bid to win New York City's competition for a new applied science and engineering campus, the University announced. The Technion has a history of commercializing new technology and sparking start-up companies in Israel. More

Back to the Future hoverboard moves closer to reality after breakthrough
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Israel's Tel Aviv University has moved one step closer to creating a real-life version of Back To The Future 2's hoverboard using superconductivity and the Meissner effect.

University of Miami medical school gets new genetics robot
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When he was chairman of the department of medicine at Duke University in North Carolina, Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt had a recurring wish. "I really, really, really, really wanted a robot," said Goldschmidt, now dean of the University of Miami’s medical school. "Now we have one. We're the real deal." The 9,000 pound robot, the size and shape of a small cargo container with a flat screen monitor tacked to its side, is not as cute as Star Wars’ R2D2. And it goes by a clunky name: The Brooks Life Science Systems A3+ SmaRTStore. More

Carbon nanotube muscles generate giant twist for novel motors
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New artificial muscles that twist like the trunk of an elephant, but provide a thousand times higher rotation per length, have been developed by a team of researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Wollongong in Australia, The University of British Columbia in Canada, and Hanyang University in Korea. These muscles, based on carbon nanotubes yarns, accelerate a 2000 times heavier paddle up to 590 revolutions per minute in 1.2 seconds, and then reverse this rotation when the applied voltage is changed. More

Polymer characterization 'tweezers' turn Nobel theory into benchtop tool
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Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara have developed a new and highly efficient way to characterize the structure of polymers at the nanoscale — effectively designing a routine analytical tool that could be used by industries that rely on polymer science to innovate new products, from drug delivery gels to renewable biomaterials. The researchers have successfully measured the structure and other critical parameters of a long, string-like polymer molecule — polyethylene glycol, or PEG — by stretching it with an instrument called magnetic tweezers. More

Tiny battery is also a nanomotor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Measuring just 3.6 micrometers long, one of the smallest batteries ever made won’t be powering our electronic devices anytime soon, but it does serve as a self-powered nanomotor that is surprisingly fast and efficient. Ultimately, the nanobattery-based motor could be used as a nanomachine and to transport cargo for biomedical applications. More






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