Science Progressing: June 15
After a hiatus, Science Progressing returns. This is your weekly guide to the science and technology policy news you should not have missed. Did we leave anything out? Tweet or facebook us and let us know.
Organic Fuel Cell Exploration
DOE researchers are trying to make separation of excited electrons (excitrons) and the charged spaces they leave easier and thus more efficient for storing energy.
Girl Grows a Vein
A young girl had poor blood flow between the intestines and the liver, so researchers decided to grow her a new one.
INNOVATION AND SOCIETY
Celebrated Inventions range from Hearing Aids to Fuel Cells
The E.U. honored the best and brightest inventors for groundbreaking inventions.
RPI’s New Solar Panels
Rensslaer Polytechnic Institute’s new solar technology uses superconduction to increase efficiency and operation capability at higher temperatures.
Record Percentage of Top MBAs Choose Entrepreneurship
More MBAs are choosing entrepreneurship over corporate jobs. The shift reflects a greater generational acceptance of start-up risk and decrease corporate sector stability.
Stanford research Drew Endy and his team use the orientation of short DNA sequences to store information. Long, long-term applications include tracking cancer progress and understanding the development of an aging cell.
The Supreme Court is not so certain that companies developing novel ways to track the progress of diseases should be allowed to own the rights to these ‘biomarkers.’ If companies cannot patent biomarkers, will personalized medicine ever get of the ground?
Lighter Composites Mean Greener Cars
The company EELCEE has invented a rapid molding method that will allow composite materials to be integrated into automotives. Composites are 20 to 40 percent lighter than metals and will thus lead to lighter, more fuel efficient cars.
Noninvasive Fetal Testing is a Safer Alternative to Screen for Genetic Conditions
Screening of an 18 week year-old fetus would allow detection of conditions such as Huntington’s Disease and Cystic Fibrosis that are caused by single gene abnormalities.
Using a combination of technologies, scientists have visualized the dense chain-link armor that protects many bacteria. The armor has implications for material science.
This week’s news was compiled and summarized by Science Progress intern Sam Feingold.
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