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Mar. 15, 2012

US tops list of international patent-filing universities
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U.S. universities remain the most prolific international patent filers among higher education institutions worldwide, accounting for 30 of the top 50 institutions. The U.S. is followed by Japan and South Korea with seven institutions each, the UN World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO, reported. Israel has two universities in the top 50, and Australia, China, Denmark and Singapore have one each. More

New invisibility technology keeps waves from rocking the boat
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Scientists at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California in Berkeley are working out a technique that would keep boats from being rocked by any disturbances from the sea, no matter how small. And believe it or not, their plan involves using a type of invisibility technology. Not invisibility in the classical sense, though (i.e. — obscuring an object from the naked eye). More

Algae: Fuel of the future?
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President Barack Obama's latest renewable-energy fixation is algae. During a speech at the University of Miami, he touted his administration's $24 million investment in the fuel, saying, "Believe it or not, we could replace up to 17 percent of the oil we import for transportation with this fuel that we can grow right here in the United States." In 2010, the Department of Education awarded $6 million to Arizona State University for the creation of the Sustainable Algal Biofuels Consortium, $9 million to the University of California, San Diego for the creation of the Consortium for Algal Biofuels Commercialization, and $9 million to Cellana LLC Consortium in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. More

Cyborg snails may soon be joining the military
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They may seem like unlikely animals to rely on, but cyborg snails may one day become invaluable assets to the military. Researcher Evgeny Katz from Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., has implanted tiny biofuel cells into snails that can generate electrical power from glucose and oxygen in the animal's blood, all while the snails gingerly munch on carrots, according to Nature. More

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An app to turn sign language to text
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Scientists are working on an app that they say could act as a sort of translator for the deaf. Specifically, the app would leverage the video camera on a portable device to capture sign language and render it as text. The technology, developed by Technabling, a spinout of the University of Aberdeen, is being called the portable sign language translator, or PSLT. More

Key to salt-tolerant wheat found
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Scientists have unlocked the secrets of a new breed of salt-tolerant durum wheat, paving the way for higher yields in salt-affected lands. Dr. Matthew Gilliham, of the University of Adelaide's Waite Research Institute, and colleagues, reported their findings in Nature Biotechnology. More

'How economics shapes science'
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Does the United States need to produce more STEM graduates — or fewer? Which grant applications tend to succeed, and why? Why do so many STEM grad students and postdocs hail from other countries? And just how much do all those mice cost, anyway? Most of us know, or can imagine, that economic forces play a key role in the practice of scientific research — who gets funding for what research at which institution, etc. But the specifics can be complex, even baffling, with immediate significance for many. More

Laser-powered 'unprinter' wipes documents in a flash
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In offices the world over, heaps of printouts and photocopies from laser printers get used once before being discarded, or tossed on shelves to collect dust indefinitely. But what if they could be wiped clean and used again? An engineering team at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. has figured out how to erase pages by vaporising common toners using a laser-based technique that doesn't damage the underlying paper. More

Technology transfer puts research to work and to market
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One of the key ways that higher education can engage the business community and contribute to economic development in Nevada is by helping technology developed through research reach the public and the marketplace. Gov. Brian Sandoval's recently released economic development plan for Nevada recognized this. Specifically, it identified the need to advance knowledge-based industries through partnerships with higher education. The plan seeks to promote innovation and technology commercialization in partnership with the Nevada System of Higher Education. The University of Nevada, Reno's Technology Transfer Office, a joint office with DRI, is working to facilitate economic development, including the new goals set in the state's plan. More

AUTM launches GTP at AUTM 2012 Annual Meeting
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AUTM launched a dynamic new Web-based resource to facilitate networking, partnership and licensing deals among corporations and universities. AUTM's new Global Technology Portal accelerates how universities and corporations are able to match available cutting-edge technologies with emerging market needs.

AUTM 2012 Annual Meeting features joint programming between AUTM and LES
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AUTM partnered with LES to bring exciting, new programming to the AUTM Annual Meeting. The joint programming included an informative, lively and controversial negotiations session and a session with the Honorable Randall Rader, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, presiding over mock oral arguments before the Court. More

Bellingham roadway with recycled toilets is world's first official 'Greenroad' (University of Washington)

Sheffield University LED spinoff Seren Photonics raises £1.8 million (Semiconductor Today)

Horizon and Rosalind Franklin University agree deal to expand the frontiers of cystic fibrosis research (Cabume)

Carnegie Mellon's Marija Ilic leads team developing new smart grid models and tools for low-coast green islands (Carnegie Mellon University via MarketWatch)


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