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Cellulosic Plants Engineered for Improved Biofuel Production

Dominque Loque, right and co-author Henrik Scheller with engineered Arabidopsis plants (Roy Kaltschmidt, Berkeley Lab)

Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Berkeley, California developed a process to re-engineer the cell walls of plants to make them better feedstocks for biofuels. The team led by bio-engineer Dominique Locque of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, one . . . → Read More: Cellulosic Plants Engineered for Improved Biofuel Production

Google: No Open-Source Patent Suits, Microsoft Lists Patents

(FBI.gov)

Information technology giants Google and Microsoft each spelled out new policies yesterday they claim will increase the transparency of their intellectual property practices. Google vowed it would not take legal action against developers of open-source software on some of its patents, and Microsoft published an online tool listing all of the company’s patents.

. . . → Read More: Google: No Open-Source Patent Suits, Microsoft Lists Patents

Recommended Heart Failure Meds Save Lives, and Maybe Money

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Medical researchers at University of California in Los Angeles found medications recommended in national guidelines for heart failure are cost-effective in saving patient lives and could also provide financial savings for the national health care system. The findings of the team led by Gregg Fonarow, director of the cardiomyopathy center at UCLA, appear . . . → Read More: Recommended Heart Failure Meds Save Lives, and Maybe Money

Cancer Analytics Prototype Based on Patient Records Unveiled

Clifford Hudis demonstrating CancerLinq (A. Kotok)

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Alexandria, Virginia demonstrated a prototype of its CancerLinq system based on information in patient records that aims to provide clinicians with better tools for decision-making. ASCO demonstrated the system yesterday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The goal of . . . → Read More: Cancer Analytics Prototype Based on Patient Records Unveiled

Material Developed to Reflect Sun’s Heat, Cool Buildings

Shanhui Fan, center, with graduate students Aaswath Raman, left, and Eden Rephaeli. (Norbert von der Groeben, Stanford University)

Engineers at Stanford University in California developed a new type of cooling material based on nanotechnology that radiates sunlight back into space. The team led by Stanford engineering professor Shanhui Fan published its findings earlier this . . . → Read More: Material Developed to Reflect Sun’s Heat, Cool Buildings

Accelerator Offers Mobile Medical App Regulatory Guide

Rock Health, a health care start-up accelerator in San Francisco, prepared an online guide to help developers of medical apps for mobile devices better understand the Food and Drug Administration’s review processes. The guide is written as an online slide presentation, viewable below and available through SlideShare.

The need for the guide is growing, says . . . → Read More: Accelerator Offers Mobile Medical App Regulatory Guide

Portable White Blood Cell Measurement Device Developed

Electron microscopic image of human lymphocyte, a type of white blood cell (National Cancer Institute)

Engineers at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and the medical device company LeukoDx in Jerusalem, Israel developed a portable device to count white blood cells requiring only a drop of blood and a few minutes to run. The . . . → Read More: Portable White Blood Cell Measurement Device Developed

Graphene/Vanadium Oxide Ribbons Boost Battery Storage

Graphene-coated ribbons of vanadium oxide (Ajayan Group/Rice University)

Ultra-thin ribbons made of vanadium oxide coated with graphene can provide a superior material for lithium-ion battery cathodes, according to new research at Rice University in Houston. The team led by Rice materials scientist P. M. Ajayan published its findings online in a recent issue of . . . → Read More: Graphene/Vanadium Oxide Ribbons Boost Battery Storage

NSF Funding Organic Crystals Research for Electronics

Oana Jurchescu (Wake Forest University)

A physics professor at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina received a $400,000 National Science Foundation grant for research on the physical structure and electronic properties of organic semiconductor crystals. The five-year award to Wake Forest’s Oana Jurchescu was made under NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program.

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Third Rock Closes $516M Health Care Venture Fund

Third Rock Ventures in Boston and San Francisco raised $516 million for its Fund III to invest in new health care enterprises. Wth the fund, the company plans to support up to 16 health and medicine start-ups.

Third Rock aims to finance new companies offering products or services in health care with high potential impact. . . . → Read More: Third Rock Closes $516M Health Care Venture Fund