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Florida Tax Watch report details importance of university technology
The Florida Independent    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a new report, Florida Tax Watch examines technology transfer from Florida universities to private companies and the new jobs, and startup companies that result. Tax Watch, which describes itself as "a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan taxpayer research institute and government watchdog," calls on Florida to get more mileage out of technology at universities rather than handing it off to private business. More

Mary Sue Coleman: University of Michigan plans to invest in its own startup companies    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The University of Michigan plans to invest up to $25 million from its endowment in its own startup companies.The move is a win for the Michigan venture capital industry, which has been lobbying the university to fund entrepreneurial companies for years. U-M President Mary Sue Coleman said that startups would be eligible to receive up to $500,000 apiece from the university after they’ve already secured venture capital from a separate private source. More

Researchers discover two early stages of carbon nanotube growth
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Boston College researchers have discovered two early stage phases of carbon nanotube growth during plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition, finding a disorderly tangle of tube growth that ultimately yields to orderly rows of the nanoscopic tubes, according to a report in Nanotechnology. More

Materials scientists develop topological insulator with a switch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Scientists at Stanford and SLAC have found a potential way to harness the amazing properties of topological insulators — materials that conduct electricity only along their surfaces — for use in electronics and other applications. A paper published in Nature Nanotechnology describes how they combined two previously known topological insulators to create a new one that carries only surface currents. They then crafted this material into extremely thin, tiny plates and showed that they could control the electronic properties of these nanoplates using a gate — essentially, a transistor that opens and shuts to switch the material from one state to another. More

Eye of a fruit fly
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A tiny fruit fly's retina may hold the key to understanding the cause of the progression of Alzheimer's disease, according to a newly published study by researchers at the University of Dayton and the University of Florida. Amit Singh, assistant professor of biology, worked with University of Dayton collaborator Madhuri Kango-Singh, pre-med students, graduate students and researchers at the University of Florida to investigate early detection of Alzheimer's, an incurable disease that afflicts an estimated 5.4 million Americans. More

Intellectual property: A new kind of arms race, with patents as ammo
The Globe and Mail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Build a better mousetrap, the saying goes, and the world will beat a path to your door. That is, unless you fall prey to a patent troll — a firm that stockpiles patents and tries to shake down would-be innovators. If that happens, you could be tied up in court for years, fending off accusations that your shiny new solar-powered rodent catcher infringes on someone else's proprietary technology. More

University of Michigan reports all-time high mark for technology deals    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The University of Michigan struck 101 technology licensing deals with businesses and startup companies during its 2010-2011 fiscal year, reflecting the most active year for deals in the Technology Transfer Office's history. That was up from 2009-2010, when the university signed 97 technology deals — then tied for its all-time high. The Tech Transfer Office — which is responsible for commercializing intellectual property created by U-M faculty members — also spawned 11 startup companies in 2010-2011. That was up from 10 in 2009-2010 and eight in 2008-2009. The office has created 104 startups over the last 11 years. More

Novel energy-storage membrane: Performance surpasses existing rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors
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A team from the National University of Singapore's Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative, led by principle investigator Dr. Xie Xian Ning, has developed a novel energy-storage membrane. Electrical energy storage and its management are becoming urgent issues due to climate change and energy shortage. Existing technologies such as rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors are based on complicated configurations including liquid electrolytes, and suffer from difficulties in scaling-up and high fabrication costs. More

Proctor & Gamble signs master collaboration deal with the Hebrew University
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Procter & Gamble has sealed a master collaboration agreement with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under which it can work with researchers across the university. The agreement, made with Yissum, the university's technology transfer office follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding between P&G and Israel's chief scientist in December 2010. More

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