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The R&D Index Market Pulse, November 23, 2015: High Tax Rates Inspire More Inversions

November 23, 2015 9:45 am | by Tim Studt | Articles | Comments

The R&D Index: Market Pulse for the week ending November 20, 2015, closed at 1,563.85 for the 25 companies in the R&D Index. The R&D Index was up 3.71% (or more than 55 basis points) over the previous week ending November 6, 2015—almost the identical amount that the R&D Index was down the previous week (November 13 from November 6, so zero net change over the past two weeks).


NASA Taps SpaceX to Send Americans to Space

November 23, 2015 9:36 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

NASA called Elon Musk’s SpaceX to the plate recently by giving the company a mission order to send astronauts to space from U.S. soil. “The authority to proceed with (SpaceX Crew Dragon’s) first operational crew missions is a significant milestone in the Commercial Crew Program and a great source of pride for the entire SpaceX team,” said Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s president and chief operating officer.


Astronaut Scott Kelly Accepts the 2015 Scientist of the Year Award from R&D Magazine

November 23, 2015 9:27 am | by Bea Riemschneider, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Hundreds of science and technology industry leaders watched with rapt attention as Astronaut Scott Kelly accepted the R&D Magazine Scientist of the Year Award from his perch in the International Space Station (ISS) above the Earth. The video acceptance speech riveted the audience at the R&D 100 Awards Banquet.


New detector perfect for asteroid mining

November 23, 2015 7:47 am | by David Salisbury, Vanderbilt Univ. | News | Comments

The grizzled asteroid miner is a stock character in science fiction. Now, a couple of recent events, one legal and the other technological, have brought asteroid mining a step closer to reality.


Electric fields remove nanoparticles from blood with ease

November 23, 2015 7:38 am | by Liezel Labios, Univ. of California, San Diego | News | Comments

Engineers at the Univ. of California, San Diego developed a new technology that uses an oscillating electric field to easily and quickly isolate drug delivery nanoparticles from blood. The technology could serve as a general tool to separate and recover nanoparticles from other complex fluids for medical, environmental and industrial applications.


Biomedical imaging at one-thousandth the cost

November 23, 2015 7:31 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a biomedical imaging system that could ultimately replace a $100,000 piece of a lab equipment with components that cost just hundreds of dollars. The system uses a technique called fluorescence lifetime imaging, which has applications in DNA sequencing and cancer diagnosis, among other things.


Capillary Columns

November 20, 2015 9:43 pm | by VICI Metronics | Product Releases | Comments

ValcoBond Capillary Columns from VICI are individually tested, have high temperature limits and produce low bleed characteristics. Proprietary processes allow VICI to manufacture the highest quality capillary column at a competitive lowest cost.

U.S. Astronaut Scott Kelly: An Extraplanetary Ansel Adams

November 20, 2015 4:23 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Circling the Earth for his 238th day, Scott Kelly has already set a record as the American spending the longest time in space. But he’s also become something of an extraplanetary Ansel Adams.


Volvo, Microsoft HoloLens Partner to Improve Driving Tech

November 20, 2015 3:20 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Volvo Cars and Microsoft HoloLens have announced a joint venture to develop next-generation automotive technologies, including autonomous driving and revamping the customer purchasing experience with augmented reality.


Supercritical Fluid Extractor for Red Pepper Process Optimization

November 20, 2015 2:51 pm | by Supercritical Fluid Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The SFT-110 Supercritical Fluid Extractor (SFE) was developed to explore various applications for supercritical fluid extraction for practical processing needs. A good example is the investigation of solubility parameters and specific surface area to optimize efficiency of the extraction of Capsaicinoid from capsicum annuum cultivar or red peppers.

Primordial Traits Linger in Primate Vision

November 20, 2015 12:33 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Rat eyes evolved to detect and avoid predators. According to researchers at the Univ. of Sydney, visual messages from their eyes funnel into the brain via the lateral geniculate nucleus, made up of slivers of nerve cells. These cells are responsive to one or both eyes, and hook into areas of the brain that process emotion and fear responses.


Special Recognition and Editor’s Choice Awards Presented at 2015 R&D 100 Awards Banquet in Las Vegas

November 20, 2015 12:23 pm | by Bea Riemschneider, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The 2015 R&D 100 Awards Banquet took place on November 13, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada and welcomed hundreds of executives, scientists and researchers. Celebrating the event’s 53rd year, leaders of science and technology were honored for their innovative, high-tech products and processes.


The route to high-temperature superconductivity goes through the flat land

November 20, 2015 11:30 am | by Aalto Univ. | News | Comments

Superconductors are marvelous materials that are able to transport electric current and energy without dissipation. For this reason, they are extremely useful for constructing magnets that can generate enormous magnetic fields without melting. They have found important applications as essential components of the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator at CERN and the magnetic resonance imaging tool widely used for medical purposes.


Preventing Insects from Biting

November 20, 2015 11:05 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

A nonprotein amino acid found in clover, alfalfa and other leguminous plants may provide humans with a second line of defense against bug bites. “Fruit flies avoid L-canavanine and now we know the identities of the set of receptors that activate a neural pathway that gives a stop-feeding signal,” said Univ. of California, Santa Barbara’s Craig Montell, a professor of neuroscience and molecular, cellular and developmental biology.


How hibernation protects hearts

November 20, 2015 10:30 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Wintry weather means hats and scarves for some mammals, and hibernation for others. Hibernation dramatically lowers body temperatures, heart rates and oxygen consumption. A team reports a study of the proteins and genes that allow squirrels' hearts to stay healthy during the winter. A better understanding of this phenomenon could help researchers develop better treatments for people with cardiac disease.



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