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ARPA-E to Fund Vehicle Metals, Bio Gas Conversion Research

Cheryl Martin, ARPA-E deputy director (U.S. Department of Energy)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) in the U.S. Department of Energy is making $40 million available for two new research programs involving transportation. Half of the $40 million will go for research to make lighter metals in cars and trucks more feasible, . . . → Read More: ARPA-E to Fund Vehicle Metals, Bio Gas Conversion Research

Review: Energy Drinks Pose Hypertension, Heart Rhythm Risks

(American Heart Association)

A review of recent studies indicates consuming energy drinks with added caffeine can lead to heart rhythm disturbances and higher blood pressure. The team led by University of the Pacific pharmacologist Sachin Shah, presented its findings yesterday at a meeting of the American Heart Association in New Orleans.

Shah, with colleagues . . . → Read More: Review: Energy Drinks Pose Hypertension, Heart Rhythm Risks

New International Food Allergy Management Study Underway

Clare Mills (EuroPrevall.org)

An international study of food allergy is underway, headed by University of Manchester in the U.K., that aims to develop an evidence-based management process for food manufacturers, as well as guidelines for pregnant women, infants, and allergy sufferers. The four-year €9 million ($US 11.6 million) Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and . . . → Read More: New International Food Allergy Management Study Underway

Alternative Quantum Computing Data Storage Process Found

Carbon nanotube illustration (National Science Foundation)

Physicists at Technical University Munich (Technische Universitaet Muenchen, TUM) in Germany found an alternative method for storing data as quantum bits for quantum computers using carbon nanotubes. The findings of TUM’s Simon Rips and Michael Hartmann appear online today in the journal Physical Review Letters (paid subscription required).

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AstraZeneca Licenses Messenger RNA Therapy Technology

(Wikimedia Commons)

The pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca based in London is licensing genomic technology from Moderna Therapeutics, a biotechnology company in Cambridge, Massachusetts to develop treatments for heart disease, metabolic disorders, and cancer. The five-year deal has potential payout to Moderna of $420 million.

Moderna Therapeutics harnesses messenger RNA, nucleic acids related to DNA that . . . → Read More: AstraZeneca Licenses Messenger RNA Therapy Technology

Virginia Tech Offering Class for Student Entrepreneurs

Jack Lesko (Virginia Tech)

Virginia Tech is offering a course on starting a new business for student teams at its campuses in Blacksburg and Arlington to accelerate the business development process. The Startup Class, says the university, offers a way for graduate or undergraduate students with ideas for a new product or service to . . . → Read More: Virginia Tech Offering Class for Student Entrepreneurs

Tests Show Many Laser Pointers Giving Off Excessive Power

In tests by researchers at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, many laser pointers on the market, including most pointers with a green beam, emitted more power than allowed by federal regulations. The team led by Joshua Hadler, NIST’s laser safety officer, reported on the tests today at the International Laser . . . → Read More: Tests Show Many Laser Pointers Giving Off Excessive Power

Investment Fund to Support Canadian Quantum Technologies

L-R: Doug Fregin, Ophelia Lazaridis, Michael Lazaridis (Quantum Valley Investments)

Quantum Valley Investments, a new venture fund in Waterloo, Ontario, plans to invest $100 million to develop and commercialize quantum computing technologies in its region. The fund, started by Blackberry co-founders Michael Lazaridis and Doug Fregin, aims to make stimulate development of Waterloo and . . . → Read More: Investment Fund to Support Canadian Quantum Technologies

Retinal Cells Produced Without Animal Matter from Stem Cells

Jason Meyer (IUPUI)

Biologists at Indiana University and Purdue University in Indianapolis (IUPUI) developed a lab technique to produce human eye cells from stem cells without animal products or proteins, which limits their use in treating diseases. The team led by IUPUI biology professor Jason Meyer published their findings online yesterday in the journal . . . → Read More: Retinal Cells Produced Without Animal Matter from Stem Cells

University Developing Wearable Artificial Lung Device

PAAL device prototype (University of Pittsburgh)

Biomedical engineers at University of Pittsburgh are developing a portable artificial lung for patients awaiting a transplant, yet still retain their mobility. The project headed by William Federspiel, director of the university’s medical device lab, is funded by a $3.4 million grant from National Institutes of Health.

The . . . → Read More: University Developing Wearable Artificial Lung Device