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Boeing unit gets $59M Army training contract

October 18, 2011 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing Co. said on Tuesday that its Tapestry Solutions unit received a $59 million contract to run training exercises for the U.S. Army in Europe.The five-year contract calls for Tapestry Solutions to design, plan, and run exercises including Army unit-level activities as well as large-scale...

Scientists create computing building blocks from bacteria and DNA

October 18, 2011 12:24 pm | News | Comments

UK researchers have built a type of logic gate called an “AND gate” from E. coli bacteria, which is normally found in the lower intestine. The team altered the E. Coli with modified DNA, which reprogrammed it to perform the same switching on-and-off process as its electronic equivalent when stimulated by chemicals.

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Cells crawl all over our bodies, but how?

October 18, 2011 12:15 pm | by Libby Fairhurst | News | Comments

For 35 years Tom Roberts at Florida State University has studied the means by which amorphous single cells propel themselves throughout the body without the use of muscles, bones or brains. Human cells are especially difficult to study, but he and his team have found a new and bizarre way to emulate this movement.

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Team defines first-ever sequence of biologically important carbohydrate

October 18, 2011 12:06 pm | by Sam Fahmy | News | Comments

Until now, scientists have been unable to determine the structure of glycosaminoglycan (GAG) proteoglycan, or have even agreed whether these complex molecules have well-defined structures. The recent breakthrough should help research into certain types of cancers and may enable certain drug development pathways.

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Report: Top U.S. firms show strong 2010 R & D investment jump

October 18, 2011 11:53 am | News | Comments

The European Union Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard, published annually by the European Commission, tracks the world’s top 1,400 companies and ranks their investments in R&D. The report shows global R&D investment increased by 4%, but some regions are lagging behind others in investment growth.

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Carbon nanotubes may find use in breast cancer treatment

October 18, 2011 11:43 am | News | Comments

Single-wall carbon nanotubes produced by SouthWest NanoTechnologies are being used by researchers in China for promising photothermal therapy to suppress tumor growth in breast cancer. Recent experiments with the nanotubes have minimized tumor growth with little damage to surrounding tissue.

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QuantuMDx signs exclusive license agreement with Nanosys

October 18, 2011 11:39 am | News | Comments

As per the deal, which mainly covers the utilization of nanostructures in biosensors, QuantuMDx has received exclusive global rights to nanomaterials for DNA sequencing and determining disease-specific nucleic acid biomarkers. Nanosys has secured downstream royalty payments and a direct license fee.

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Webb Space Telescope Sunshield Gets Full Size Test

October 18, 2011 11:08 am | Articles | Comments

Tests on five tennis-court sized sunshield layers designed to protect NASA's James Webb Space Telescope mirrors and instruments from the heat of the sun will tell Northrop Grumman Corp. (Falls Church, Va.) engineers how the full-size sunshield layers will behave in orbit.

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Antennas Enable Early Science at ALMA

October 18, 2011 11:02 am | Articles | Comments

Thirteen 12-m antennas manufactured by General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies have been installed at the 16,500-foot-high Chajnanator plateau in Chile, home to the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) astronomical observatory.

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GPS-directed Flight Paths Seek Validation

October 18, 2011 10:58 am | Articles | Comments

Boeing and Lion Air, the largest private carrier in Indonesia, pioneered precision navigation technology in South Asia with the introduction of Required Navigation Performance (RNP) flight operations.

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Biofueled Passenger Flights Take to the Skies

October 18, 2011 10:48 am | Articles | Comments

In July, Lufthansa launched the first daily commercial passenger flights using biofuel—50% Hydro-processed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA)—flying four daily flights between Hamburg and Frankfurt on an Airbus A321.

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Carbon Nanotubes Chart Their Own Course

October 18, 2011 10:41 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Propelled by funding and pure scientific interest, research on carbon nanostructures—in all of its forms—is rapidly giving way to practical applications.

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The Circle of Materials Science Life

October 18, 2011 10:27 am | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

As materials science researchers look to drive new product innovations, they inspire—and are aided by—sophisticated analytical and imaging instruments.

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Better Times, Better Labs?

October 18, 2011 10:10 am | by R&D Magazine Editors | Articles | Comments

As R&D laboratories put tough economic times behind, more flexible, energy-efficient labs may be on the horizon.

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Manage First to Put Safety First

October 18, 2011 9:54 am | by Nathan Watson, President, BioRAFT, Lebanon, N.H. | Articles | Comments

The first step in managing laboratory safety is managing the training process.

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