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Researchers analyze 'the environmentalist's paradox'

Technology Innovation - Tue, 08/31/2010 - 21:00
(American Institute of Biological Sciences) Researchers writing in the September issue of BioScience examine four possible explanations for why human well-being is increasing despite the global degradation of ecosystem services. Gains in food production, technological innovation generally, and time lags in the consequences of ecosystem degradation all find some support; observable trends suggest these factors may be limited in the future.

Researchers develop simulation to better understand the effects of sound on marine life

Technology Innovation - Mon, 08/30/2010 - 21:00
(University of California - San Diego) A combination of the biology of marine mammals, mechanical vibrations and acoustics has led to a breakthrough discovery allowing scientists to better understand the potential harmful effects of sound on marine mammals such as whales and dolphins.

GOES-13 catches 3 tropical cyclones thrashing through the Atlantic

Technology Innovation - Mon, 08/30/2010 - 21:00
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Powerful Hurricane Earl, growing Tropical Storm Fiona and fading Danielle were all captured in today's visible image from the GOES-13 satellite.

NASA's Terra Satellite captures 3 tropical cyclones in the northwestern Pacific Ocean

Technology Innovation - Mon, 08/30/2010 - 21:00
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Terra satellite flew over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean at 10:30 p.m. EDT Aug. 30 and captured Tropical Storm Lionrock, Tropical Storm Namtheun, and Typhoon Kompasu in one incredible image. Two of these tropical cyclones are expected to merge, while the other is headed for a landfall in China.

2 students create website to track historic Twitter trends

Technology Innovation - Mon, 08/30/2010 - 21:00
(University of California - Riverside) RT @UCRiverside: #Computerscience and #art student create tool to track Twitter's top trending topics over time.

Developments in nanobiotechnology at UCSB point to medical applications

Technology Innovation - Mon, 08/30/2010 - 21:00
(University of California - Santa Barbara) Two new groundbreaking scientific papers by researchers at UC Santa Barbara demonstrate the synthesis of nanosize biological particles with the potential to fight cancer and other illnesses. The studies introduce new approaches that are considered "green" nanobiotechnology because they use no artificial compounds.

UTHealth neuroscientist wins prominent NIH Director's Pioneer Award

Technology Innovation - Mon, 08/30/2010 - 21:00
(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) Valentin Dragoi, Ph.D., an associate professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), is one of 17 researchers to win a 2010 National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award. The award supports scientists who propose revolutionary, high-impact approaches to major challenges in biomedical and behavioral research.

The impact of new media and technology on customer relationships

Technology Innovation - Mon, 08/30/2010 - 21:00
(Boston College) The Journal of Service Research special August 2010 edition examines how social media are changing the way companies find and interact with customers.

Wireless networks enable intruder detection and emergency alerts funded by NSF

Technology Innovation - Mon, 08/30/2010 - 21:00
(Stevens Institute of Technology) National Science Foundation funds Dr. Yingying Chen at Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University, in her collaborative work with Dr. Hui Xiong from Rutgers University entitled: "NeTSE:Small:Collaborative Research: MILAN: Multi-Modal Passive Intrusion Learning in Pervasive Wireless Environments."

NRL ready to deploy virtual mission operations center

Technology Innovation - Mon, 08/30/2010 - 21:00
(Naval Research Laboratory) The Naval Research Laboratory is ready to deploy a remarkable capability that has been the focus of a six-year project developed in concert with numerous government and industry partners. Developed by NRL's Spacecraft Engineering Department, the Virtual Mission Operations Center is a web-enabled multi-application service that ushers in a new era for globally-dispersed military users of DoD, commercial, and civilian satellite payloads.

Silicon oxide circuits break barrier

Technology Innovation - Mon, 08/30/2010 - 21:00
(Rice University) Rice University scientists have created the first two-terminal memory chips that use only silicon, one of the most common substances on the planet, in a way that should be easily adaptable to nanoelectronic manufacturing techniques and promises to extend the limits of miniaturization subject to Moore's Law.

University of Houston, partners awarded $4.2 million DOE grant for magnet energy storage research

Technology Innovation - Mon, 08/30/2010 - 21:00
(University of Houston) The University of Houston and three other institutions have received a $4.2 million grant from the US Department of Energy to develop a superconducting magnet energy storage system device that could revolutionize the nation's electrical power grid.

High-speed filter uses electrified nanostructures to purify water at low cost

Technology Innovation - Sun, 08/29/2010 - 21:00
(Stanford University) Stanford researchers have developed a water-purifying filter that makes the process more than 80,000 times faster than existing filters. The key is coating the filter fabric -- ordinary cotton -- with nanotubes and silver nanowires, then electrifying it. The filter uses very little power, has no moving parts and could be used throughout the developing world.

4 PNNL scientists elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences

Technology Innovation - Sun, 08/29/2010 - 21:00
(DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) Four scientists from the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences. They join other scientists and engineers from across the state who have been recognized for outstanding scientific achievement.

Case Western Reserve University and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay connecting

Technology Innovation - Sun, 08/29/2010 - 21:00
(Case Western Reserve University) Case Western Reserve University and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay have reached a memorandum of understanding designed to build on the academic and research strengths of both institutions. The agreement is effective for five years and can be extended. It encourages collaboration in research and education in areas of mutual interest, recognizing the global nature of modern business, industrial needs and social issues, including a need for international cooperation.

NASA funds development of nanoscale materials for high energy density lithium-ion batteries

Technology Innovation - Sun, 08/29/2010 - 21:00
(University of California - San Diego) NanoEngineers at the University of California, San Diego, are designing new types of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries that could be used in a variety of NASA space exploration projects -- and in a wide range of transportation and consumer applications. NEI Corporation and UC San Diego recently won a Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer contract from NASA to develop and implement high energy density cathode materials for lithium batteries.

Microfluidic device allows collection, analysis of hard-to-handle immune cells

Technology Innovation - Sun, 08/29/2010 - 21:00
(Massachusetts General Hospital) A team led by Massachusetts General Hospital scientists has developed a new microfluidic tool for quickly and accurately isolating neutrophils -- the most abundant type of white blood cell -- from small blood samples, an accomplishment that could provide information essential to better understanding the immune system's response to traumatic injury.

New cell transplantation journal launched

Technology Innovation - Sun, 08/29/2010 - 21:00
(Cell Transplantation Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair) The goal of cell transplantation research, including research on embryonic, fetus, umbilical cord, placenta, and fat derived cells, aims at translating bench research into effective therapies for use in the clinic. Cell Medicine, a new cell transplantation journal from the publishers of Cell Transplantation, will help facilitate that effort by promoting the scientific business of translational work on a great variety of cell types.

Beyond silicon-based computing

Technology Innovation - Sun, 08/29/2010 - 21:00
(Indiana University School of Medicine) Zhe-Yu "Jeff" Ou, Ph.D., of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is leading the establishment of a network of quantum information laboratories. Quantum information science, which uses photons -- units of light -- to carry and process information, may someday produce the successor to today's ubiquitous silicon-based computer.

Biology groups partner to advance science education policy

Technology Innovation - Sun, 08/29/2010 - 21:00
(American Institute of Biological Sciences) The American Institute of Biological Sciences and the National Association of Biology Teachers are pleased to announce a new strategic partnership that will help advance the science and education policy interests of the biological sciences community. Through the arrangement, NABT members will be able to access and utilize a suite of AIBS public policy services and resources.
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