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Security firm: Hackers hit chemical companies

November 1, 2011 11:06 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

According to Internet security software vendor Symantec, cyber attacks traced to China recently targeted at least 48 chemical and military-related companies in an effort to steal technical secrets. The victims included multiple Fortune 100 companies.

Genia Photonics, IQT enter strategic partnership

November 1, 2011 7:47 am | News | Comments

Genia Photonics Inc. announced a strategic partnership and technology development agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT). The partnership will promote Genia's fiber-based laser technology development to a higher level and provide new opportunities for Genia's product applications.

Navitar, Carl Zeiss enter licensing agreement

October 31, 2011 8:18 am | News | Comments

Navitar Inc. announced a new licensing agreement with Carl Zeiss MicroImaging GmbH. Under the terms of the contract, Carl Zeiss will license Navitar’s Hoffman Modulation Contrast (HMC) trademark for use in their iHMC product line.

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Can Kodak rescue itself via a patent bonanza?

October 31, 2011 7:58 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Patents have become highly valuable to digital device makers who want to protect themselves from intellectual property lawsuits, and Kodak, which is facing the worst crisis of its 131-year history, is banking on this trend to save itself from ruin.

Dassault Systemes to acquire Elsys

October 27, 2011 7:12 am | News | Comments

Dassault Systèmes announced the acquisition of Elsys, a provider of interactive electrical engineering and disruptive multi-discipline generative schematics solutions.

Technology pinpoints anomalies in complex financial data

October 26, 2011 4:36 am | News | Comments

Identifying atypical information in financial data early could help identify problematic financial trends such as the systemic risk that recently put the U.S. and global financial systems in a downward fall. Recognizing such anomalous information can also help regulators, investors, and advisors better manage their investment and savings portfolios. Now, new analytical software developed by Battelle researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory can do just that.

Will Steve Jobs' final vendetta haunt Google?

October 25, 2011 5:24 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Among the many revelations from Walter Isaacson’s biography of Apple’s co-founder is the anger Jobs had toward Google, which he claimed stole technology and features from Apple for its Android software. His comments suggest Google, which has been acquiring patents to shore up its legal claims, may face vigorous court battles with Apple.

Science fiction-style sabotage a fear in new hacks

October 24, 2011 7:31 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The computer attack that hobbled Iran’s unfinished nuclear power plant last year was assumed to be the work of elite hackers backed by a nation-state. Alarming, however, key elements of the attack have been replicated in the laboratory by security experts, often with little time, money, or specialized skill.

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Moon rock sting terrifies California grandmother

October 24, 2011 7:18 am | by Thomas Watkins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Expecting the worst, NASA agents swept in on a 74-year-old woman in a Denny’s restaurant five months ago to recover what believed to be a moon rock being sold on the black market. The woman claimed the tiny speck of rock, encased in acrylic, was given to her husband by Neil Armstrong. Armstrong says otherwise, and NASA is silent on the case.

SGD acquires Special Gas Supplies LLC

October 21, 2011 6:55 am | News | Comments

SGD Inc., a single source wholesale supplier of specialty gas equipment, has acquired Special Gas Supplies LLC. Special Gas Supplies will now be operating out of SGD's facility in Emerson, N.J.

Affitech, GE Healthcare execute exclusive licensing agreement

October 19, 2011 7:48 am | News | Comments

Affitech A/S and GE Healthcare Life Sciences announced that GE Healthcare Life Sciences has executed an exclusive license for the worldwide marketing and sales of products containing recombinant Protein L, granted by Affitech in a patent and know-how license agreement.

Honeywell, Bayer Technology Services deliver simulation technology

October 19, 2011 7:36 am | News | Comments

Honeywell announced it has signed an agreement with Bayer Technology Services (BTS). Together the companies will cooperate to deliver dynamic process simulation and other training systems for deployment in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

Top Europe court bans stem cell technique patents

October 18, 2011 11:48 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that scientists cannot patent stem cell techniques that use human embryos for research purposes, a ruling some scientists said threatens important research since no one could profit from it.

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Reinnervate expands distribution network for alvetex

October 17, 2011 5:00 am | News | Comments

Reinnervate has announced that it has signed agreements with seven new European distributors for the non-exclusive distribution of alvetex, its breakthrough 3D cell culture technology, which won a 2011 R&D 100 award.

How foreign insects, diseases get into the United States

October 10, 2011 12:42 pm | by Tracie Cone, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of foreign insects and plant diseases slipped undetected into the United States in the years after 9/11, when authorities were so focused on preventing another attack that they overlooked a pest explosion that threatened the quality of the nation's food supply.

NIH acquires LLNL's bioAMS instrument

October 6, 2011 6:25 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently received $3 million from the National Institutes of Health to acquire a new biomedical accelerator mass spectrometry (bioAMS) instrument. The instrument will provide faster analysis for medical and other biological research.

Non-compete agreements create ‘career detours’

October 5, 2011 1:55 pm | by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Technology firms frequently require workers to sign non-compete agreements, which typically bar their employees from joining rival companies for one to two years. A new study of more than 1,000 engineers, conducted by an MIT professor, shows that these agreements come with a high cost for employees.

Dow, Argonne National Laboratory collaborate on new battery materials

October 5, 2011 6:36 am | News | Comments

The Dow Chemical Company and Argonne National Laboratory announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a multi-year research collaboration to jointly develop the next generation of materials for advanced battery technologies.

Planview, Kalypso partner to drive innovation

September 27, 2011 9:50 am | News | Comments

Planview, a portfolio management company, and Kalypso, an innovation consulting firm, are bringing cutting-edge practices in innovation management to product-driven organizations. Planview has integrated Kalypso's Nova, a practical, results-oriented model for driving improved product development performance, into its acclaimed portfolio management (PPM) solution.

Spin overtaking facts in Marcellus Shale debate

September 27, 2011 8:44 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

For some, Marcellus Shale natural gas represents a economic boon for America. For others, it’s an ongoing ecological disaster. Scientists worry that as advocates on both sides spin every shred of research to fit their own views, they will ignore the bigger picture.

PerkinElmer launches compliance service for regulated laboratories

September 23, 2011 11:54 am | News | Comments

PerkinElmer Inc. announced the addition of its new Universal Operational Qualification (UOQ) offering, as part of its growing suite of compliance services for pharmaceutical, biotech, and other regulated laboratory environments.

Partnership looks to industrialize spider silk production

September 15, 2011 8:42 am | News | Comments

AMSilk and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research have joined forces in the current development of a novel spin process for making high-performance fibers from AMSilk's spider silk proteins.

Bruker announces agreement to acquire CETR

September 13, 2011 6:29 am | News | Comments

Bruker Corporation announced the signing of a purchase agreement to acquire Center for Tribology Inc. (CETR) for an undisclosed amount. The transaction is expected to close at the end of the third quarter of 2011, subject to customary closing conditions.

Ziptronix, Sony sign licensing agreement

September 6, 2011 5:25 am | News | Comments

Ziptronix Inc. has signed a licensing agreement with Sony Corporation for the use of Ziptronix's patents regarding oxide bonding technology for backside illumination imaging sensors.

Louisiana Tech, NASA partner to conduct zero-gravity experiments

September 2, 2011 7:26 am | News | Comments

Researchers from Louisiana Tech University will be floating high above the Gulf of Mexico this month to conduct zero-gravity testing of an experimental DNA analysis instrument developed at Tech that could benefit future NASA astronauts.

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