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  • Don't Panic: because American innovation will save the economy

    01/17/2010 3:17:07 AM PST · by Scanian · 23 replies · 894+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 17, 2010 | Kyle Smith
    Before you write off the American economy, consider this remark from Nathan Myhrvold, the ex-Microsoft genius who now runs an idea factory called Intellectual Ventures: “For the last few decades I’ve bought Japanese or German cars but no Japanese or German software. Only the United States can handle the thinking speed of the software field.” We live in a country where makers of high-value-added software are hounded as antitrust outlaws, while the smoke-belching industry of making money-losing cars is lavished with government bailouts, but never mind that. US business ingenuity is so robust that not even the government can kill...
  • Protectionism vs. the Innovation Nation (the new rules of outsourcing, production, and innovation)

    10/16/2009 7:55:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies · 569+ views
    The American ^ | 10/16/2009 | Vivek Wadhwa
    On September 9, the giant data storage hardware and software company EMC announced it would spend $1.5 billion to further develop its R&D capabilities in India. A new research facility will employ 2,000 engineers and scientists with the potential for an additional 1,500. A day earlier, EMC announced a R&D alliance with the Indian Institute of Information Technology-Bangalore, one of a constellation of Indian research universities equivalent to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, albeit with harder admissions requirements. Such announcements are usually met with despair and anger. The decision to domicile those jobs in India nails yet another in the...
  • Does High-Tech Medicine Mean Higher Health Care Costs? (No, and you can live longer too.)

    09/29/2009 9:36:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 616+ views
    Reason ^ | September 29, 2009 | Ronald Bailey
    A new report finds that medical innovation boosts life expectancy, but doesn't cost more "About half of all growth in health care spending in the past several decades was associated with changes in medical care made possible by advances in technology," declared(pdf) a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report last year. "Health care economists attribute about 50 percent of the annual increase of health costs to new technologies or to the intensified use of old ones," writes bioethicist Daniel Callahan in his new book, Taming the Beloved Beast: How Medical Technology Costs Are Destroying Our Health Care System. Conventional wisdom holds...
  • Israel's Friends with Benefits

    08/23/2009 2:00:07 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 6 replies · 571+ views
    Israel’s Friends with Benefits By Norma Zager “See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land that the Lord swore He would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.” Deuteronomy 1:8 (New International Version) If the Lord closed the deal thousands of years ago, why is Israel still looking for a cosigner? Israel must survive but American Jews are “over it.” AIPAC sold out for a glass of lemonade in the Oval Office and J Street is as pro-Israel as David Duke. It is time to wake up...
  • Innovation: As With Moon Landings, So With Medicine

    08/07/2009 8:59:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 243+ views ^ | August 6, 2009 | Ross Mackenzie
    Space and health, seemingly disconnected, join to provide important lessons about the nation. (In violation of a longtime columnar stricture against the first-person singular - in this age of the rat-trap of me, a stricture violated in columns and blogs and on television every day before breakfast - today's column includes some personal references.) Many in their 50s and older recall vividly where they were when Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon. My wife and I and our 6-month-old son spent the night at a vacationing neighbor's house that had a color TV and ours didn't. Because of the...
  • The Israel Test

    07/31/2009 12:17:15 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 5 replies · 664+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 31, 2009 | Alana Goodman
    The Israel Test by: Alana Goodman, July 31, 2009 How do you view the material success of others? Do you see it as a product of classist exploitation—a selfish triumph that one attains at the expense of his neighbors—or do you see it as an inspiring achievement that enriches the community as a whole? If you chose the latter, then you have passed “The Israel Test,” the title of a new book by David Gilder that examines the fundamental differences in how cultures view achievement. “The essence of the Israel test [is to] avoid envy and give way to...
  • Make health care better by limiting innovations that make it better?

    07/29/2009 10:26:01 AM PDT · by SpeakToPower · 191+ views
    Oh No You Didn't Say That! ^ | 7/29/09 | SayWhat
    Would you be happy to hear that advances that could save your or your loved ones lives are being deliberately held back, in order to satisfy governmental demands to reduce spending on the care we all receive?
  • Transparent Aluminum is "New State of Matter"

    07/28/2009 11:02:53 AM PDT · by redpoll · 39 replies · 2,034+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | 27 July 2009 | University of Oxford
    Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminium by bombarding the metal with the world’s most powerful soft X-ray laser. ‘Transparent aluminium’ previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion.
  • Study finds patent systems may discourage innovation

    07/27/2009 4:27:26 PM PDT · by sourcery · 15 replies · 451+ views ^ | 27 July 2009 | Sherry Main
    ( -- A new study challenges the traditional view that patents foster innovation, suggesting instead that they may hinder technological progress, economic activity and societal wealth. These results could have important policy implications, because many countries count on patent systems to spur new technology and promote economic growth.
  • When it comes to Green, ignore Gore, listen to the real inventor of the Internet (Bob Metcalfe)

    06/30/2009 10:42:38 AM PDT · by energylover · 3 replies · 567+ views
    4 Your Country ^ | June 30, 2009 | Jim Bell
    There is a popular myth that Al Gore invented the Internet. Never to be out done, he went on to be the father of Green, won a noble prize, Emmy etc. The man is a genius, so he thinks. Bob Metcalfe, is the inventor of Ethernet (as in he has the patent, not a noble prize) which is a critical foundational technology for the Internet. His classmates at MIT were key players in Email, FTP, TCP/IP, etc. And no, Al gore was not in their graduating class at MIT. Metcalfe's perspective on how to solve the energy problem is radically...
  • McCain Tech Plan to Continue Hands-Off Approach to Regulation

    08/14/2008 9:39:39 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 15 replies · 292+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 14, 2008 | ELIZABETH HOLMES and AMY SCHATZ
    Under fire for being a technophobe, John McCain will unveil a technology agenda that bundles previously announced pro-business proposals with continued support for a hands-off approach to regulation. The plan, dubbed "John McCain and American Innovation," is set to be released Thursday on the Republican presidential candidate's campaign Web site. It will call for a 10% tax credit on wages paid to all research-and-development employees. At the same time, it will reiterate Sen. McCain's opposition to Internet taxes and new laws guaranteeing net neutrality, the idea that Internet providers must treat all legal Internet traffic equally.
  • Plastic Eaters

    06/17/2008 5:22:19 AM PDT · by Renfield · 8 replies · 99+ views
    Reality Sandwich ^ | 6-16-08 | Morgan Maher
    The problem and plague of plastic bags was eating away at Daniel Burd. So, for his science fair project he decided to find out what eats away at plastic bags. After testing various methods and reaching the formidable goal of isolating two strains of plastic-eating microorganisms (Sphingomonas and Pseudomonas), Burd found that plastic bags could be significantly decomposed in about six weeks, with total decomposition taking around three months. Scaling this to industrial applications should be easy, Burd says: "all that's needed is a fermenter, a growth medium and plastic, and the bacteria themselves provide most of the energy by...
  • U.S. Patent Chief: Applications Up, Quality Down

    04/21/2008 10:26:58 PM PDT · by anymouse · 9 replies · 91+ views
    EE Times ^ | 04/16/2008 | George Leopold
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently received an application seeking a patent for what was claimed to be a better way to stand in line while waiting to use an airplane toilet. Jon Dudas, director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, said the example may be extreme, but it illustrates the declining quality of U.S. patent applications his agency has seen since 2000 as more applicants attempt to game the system. Speaking at an IP symposium here on Wednesday (April 16), Dudas said the quantity of applications for U.S. patents is skyrocketing--more than 500,000 applications are expected this...
  • Face of Defense: Navy Cook’s Innovation Improves Food Service

    02/11/2008 3:45:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 54+ views
    LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan, Feb. 11, 2008 – The Afghan kitchen opened the sailor’s eyes and the smoke made them sting. Even fans that run 24 hours a day can’t keep up with the smoke from a dozen or more wood-burning stoves at the new Afghan National Army dining facility here. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class David Crabb, of Navy Embedded Training Team 3-205th Garrison, makes a suggestion to Abdul Sami, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Afghan National Army’s Shorabak Garrison dining facility. Crabb advises Sami and other Afghan kitchen staff on sanitation, hygiene and proper food preparation...
  • Move Over US -- China To Be New Driver Of World's Economy And Innovation

    01/28/2008 3:31:25 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies · 63+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-28-2008
    Move Over US -- China To Be New Driver Of World's Economy And InnovationChart shows the change in technological standing for several nations from 1993 to 2007. (Credit: High Tech Indicators study) ScienceDaily (Jan. 28, 2008) — A new study of worldwide technological competitiveness suggests China may soon rival the United States as the principal driver of the world's economy -- a position the U.S. has held since the end of World War II. If that happens, it will mark the first time in nearly a century that two nations have competed for leadership as equals. The study's indicators predict...
  • Dashing Finns were first to get their skates on 5,000 years ago

    12/24/2007 1:13:30 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 18 replies · 168+ views
    The Times ^ | 12/24/07 | Mark Henderson
    The origins of ice-skating have been traced by scientists to the frozen lakes of Finland about 5,000 years ago, when people used skates made from animal bone. Researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University have calculated that skating on the primitive blades would have reduced the energy cost of travelling by 10 per cent, suggesting that it emerged as a practical method of transport and not as recreation. Southern Finland has been identified as the most likely home of skating through an analysis of the shape and distribution of lakes in central and northern Europe, which shows that the early Finns would...
  • Nicole Richie backs Swedish dog urinals

    11/22/2007 10:54:55 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 43 replies · 1,162+ views ^ | 11/22/2007 | Paul O'Mahony
    Hollywood socialite Nicole Richie has lent her voice to a campaign to stop dogs peeing on lamp posts. When Paris Hilton's dog-loving pal learned of Swedish inventor Lennart Järlebro's plans to design a urinal for dogs, she immediately vowed to spread the word in the United States. "This invention is just so clever. It's a cute rubber cup attached to the post and a hose that pipes urine into the gutter," Richie, 26, told the Daily Star. Lennart Järlebro began designing a toilet for dogs after reading a newspaper report about the corrosive effects of dogs' urine on lamp posts....
  • EDITORIAL: Escaping the medical bureaucracy

    06/10/2007 7:54:30 AM PDT · by gpapa · 16 replies · 868+ views
    Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | June 10, 2007 | Unattributed
    The career tracks of Drs. Jeffrey Duckham and James Taylor and the reactions they've faced from advocates of socialized medicine say a lot about the future of health care in the United States.
  • Prizes for Solutions to Problems Play Valuable Role in Innovation

    01/26/2007 10:55:05 AM PST · by anymouse · 3 replies · 301+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 25, 2007 | DAVID WESSEL
    The U.S. and other modern capitalist economies rely on a handful of approaches to stimulate innovation. Big corporate research-and-development shops invest shareholders' money in the search for future profit. Small entrepreneurial start-ups do the same with venture capital. Academics toil in big universities, sometimes for profit, sometimes for glory. Open-source software wizards mend and tend shared software that no one owns, the high-tech equivalent of a barn-raising. Government steps in where private money fears to tread. Now, a proliferation of prizes is attracting bright minds to stubborn problems. InnoCentive, a company spun off six years ago by drug maker Eli...
  • How a Santa Fe Woman Made the Back-Seat Caddy She Couldn't Buy

    01/18/2007 11:44:34 AM PST · by CedarDave · 51 replies · 2,400+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 18, 2007 | Andrew Webb
    After fruitlessly searching for a way to safely keep her kids' things within their reach in the back seat of the family minivan, Dawn Winters-Rizika of Santa Fe did what a lot of us have probably done. She thought to herself, "I could make something like that." The steps she took next could likely mean the difference between an actual product and the all-too-common fate of so many useful inventions left cooling on the cranial backburner. A year's worth of support from a network of local nonprofits, two trade shows and about $45,000 in home equity loans later, a shipment...
  • Keys to Innovation

    09/27/2006 12:49:29 PM PDT · by bkepley · 5 replies · 355+ views
    Dr. Dobbs Portal ^ | September 25, 2006 | Jon Erickson
    To me, it sounds a little like Monty Python and the search for the Holy Grail. Nevertheless, IBM and the University of Georgia have launched a research initiative to find the answer to the question of what is key to innovation -- great inventions, business models, technology and profit.
  • Amid spying scandal, HP sponsors award for `privacy innovation'

    09/21/2006 2:00:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 355+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 9/21/06 | Brian Bergstein - ap
    BOSTON Insert your own punch line: Hewlett-Packard Co., the technology company facing federal and state investigations for spying on board members and journalists, is co-sponsor of an award for "privacy innovation." Nominees are currently being accepted for the fourth annual HP/IAPP Privacy Innovation award, which Hewlett-Packard gives in conjunction with the Maine-based International Association of Privacy Professionals. According to the award's Web site, the prize was created to honor "strong and unique contributions to the privacy industry." "At present, there is not sufficient recognition for organizations that have embraced privacy as a competitive advantage, and as a business/governmental imperative," the...
  • Higher-Ed Accreditation is Under Fire

    06/21/2006 6:25:10 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 1 replies · 256+ views
    TheBizofKnowledge ^ | June 19, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Higher-ed accreditation practice does not have the trust it once had. Just because a school is accredited, it no longer means that the school can be relied on to deliver quality education. How many full-timers are there? It doesn't matter as much because they are not available. How many books are there in the library? It doesn't matter any more, because nearly all resources needed are now online. How much classroom space is there? It doesn't matter anymore, because students are taking classes online. How stable is the school financially? It matters a lot, because schools ought not be allowed...
  • "Universal Pen" Creator - Wang Jiang

    06/08/2006 8:23:01 AM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 4 replies · 354+ views
    ZhonghuaRising ^ | June 8, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    "Universal Pen" creator Wang Jiang is a product of Microsoft's Research Lab in Beijing. Wang was a reluctant convert to the MS lab. He had to give up his position as a professor of psychology at Zhejiang University. In the end he developed the handwriting software used in Microsoft Tablet PCs; it can instantly take writing from a piece of paper and put it on a computer screen.... My dad used to say my writing looked like Chinese to him...but when I went to China, the Chinese couldn't read it either. Is it really possible a PC could read what...
  • Design Barcode- Tokyo-Based

    06/07/2006 12:24:31 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 5 replies · 304+ views
    RisingSunofNihon ^ | June 7, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Well, what do you know, Japan came up with an idea first, and it's America's turn to chase it. It's called design barcoding. A Tokyo-based company customizes bar codes for Japanese companies such as Wacoal, an apparel maker. Now, it wants to bring its business stateside. The idea is have bar codes with logos or images. These days, self-checkout counters are becoming hot, and millions of eyes are noticing those little lines as they turn and aim them at the scanner. Interesting idea, eh? Media buzz in Japan gave companies like Pacarc plenty of free publicity on the matter. I...
  • Cherry Blossoms and Nintendo

    06/07/2006 12:15:11 PM PDT · by G. Stolyarov II · 8 replies · 307+ views
    RisingSunofNihon ^ | June 7, 2006 | Dr. Bill Belew
    Grandma and Grandpa on the video game...never happens. The OL (Office Lady) hurrying home to play saber tea party...again, an unlikely scenario. Well, nothing lasts forever...cherry blossoms last only about a week, and that is what the Japanese like the most about them. Nothing lasts forever, especially beauty. There must be more to a person's worth than outside appearance. Companies change, too...or they should change. Last year, the video-game software and hardware industry brought in about $27 billion. For the past five years, Nintendo has been asking the question, "Why do people who don't play video games NOT play them?"...
  • Conservative Summit to Inaugurate Six-Year Rule of House Speakers

    05/20/2006 2:12:39 PM PDT · by mission9 · 1 replies · 205+ views
    The Florida Insider ^ | 05-16-06 | insider
    The Six-Year Rule has begun. It promises to be anything but a quiet reign. As destabilized as the Florida state Senate is, the House appears frozen in place as a model of governing constancy through 2012. More remarkable, the next three House speakers -- "The Big 3," if you'll pardon the bombast -- show every sign of ruling with an aggressive unity and collective purpose that could force the rest of Florida state government to follow suit or openly fight them. Insiders say Speaker-designate Marco Rubio (R-Miami), Rep. Ray Sansom (R-Ft. Walton Beach) and Rep. Dean Cannon (R-Winter Park) have...
  • Silicon Valley cheers Bush's research plan

    02/06/2006 11:55:31 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 289+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 2, 2006 | Carolyn Lochhead
    President Bush's $50 billion, 10-year plan to re-energize basic research to compete with China and India has received raves from Silicon Valley and rare praise and promises of cooperation from Democrats. "Democrats agree," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, two words seldom heard in the Capitol. If the money materializes -- and many are skeptical about that -- it could prove a boon to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and leading universities such as the University of California and Stanford. Bush proposed in his State of the Union address Tuesday to double funding for three core research...
  • Bush Cites DoD Internet Development in Promoting U.S. Innovation

    02/03/2006 6:38:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 235+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 3, 2006 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2006 – President Bush cited the Defense Department's development of the Internet during a speech yesterday as an example of the ingenuity he hopes to promote through his American Competitiveness Agenda to ensure the United States maintains its leadership role in the world. Speaking to workers at the 3M corporate headquarters in Maplewood, Minn., the president used DoD's investment in the research and development that ultimately led to the Internet as a model for the innovation he hopes to spark nationwide. "I don't know if people realize this, but the Internet began as a Defense Department project...
  • America's patent trolls

    02/03/2006 10:18:58 AM PST · by Willie Green · 19 replies · 1,015+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Feb. 3, 2006 | TIM HARPER
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Battle over RIM design exposes practice Prompts calls for changes to U.S. law ARLINGTON, Va.—They're known as trolls and they turn the predator-prey relationship in the business world on its head. They are the weak who slay the mighty. Critics call them extortionists. Their homes in office towers give them the sheen of legitimacy, but some do their work in dingy basements or garages and then slip their weapons into the back of cluttered drawers. The ongoing BlackBerry battle between Waterloo-based Research In Motion and NTP Inc. of Arlington, Va., has...
  • Kroes says EU has not received full details from Microsoft

    01/31/2006 1:53:45 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 273+ views
    Ireland Online ^ | January 31, 2006
    The European Union’s antitrust chief Neelie Kroes said today she had not yet received all information on Microsoft’s offer to share software codes and comply with a 2004 EU antitrust ruling. She also told European politicians that the software giant could not charge fees for the server protocol and communication codes if it could not prove that the code was innovative. “If no such innovation … no remuneration can be charged by Microsoft,” she said. Microsoft Corp. has until February 15 to reply to the formal charge sheet the Commission sent in December over providing complete and accurate information...
  • Europe’s record on innovation ‘50 years behind US’

    01/12/2006 11:17:43 AM PST · by pissant · 28 replies · 957+ views ^ | 1/11/06 | Tobias Buck
    The European Union’s record on innovation is so poor that it would take more than 50 years to catch up with the US, according to a survey presented by the European Commission on Thursday. The Innovation Scoreboard compares the performance of the 25 EU countries with the US, Japan and several other nations, and ranks them according to factors such as the number of science and engineering graduates, patents, research and development spending and exports of high-tech products. The survey finds that only four EU countries – Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Germany – can compete with the US and Japan...
  • "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" - map to maintain US sci/tech/economic global leadership

    12/27/2005 10:31:17 AM PST · by cogitator · 145 replies · 1,870+ views
    Physics Today ^ | December 2005 | Jim Dawson
    (highlights are mine) 'Gathering Storm' Report Urges Strong Federal Action to Save US Science and Technology LeadershipA National Academy of Sciences study warns that without strong steps to improve federal support for science and technology, the quality of life in the US is threatened. For several years the reports have been stacking up in offices throughout Washington, DC. One is by the Council on Competitiveness, another is by the Electronic Industries Alliance, and still another is by the Business Roundtable. There are more than a dozen similar reports, all carrying the same basic message: The US is losing its competitive...
  • Democrats: Science, Tech Innovation Is Key

    12/03/2005 9:16:50 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies · 1,048+ views
    WASHINGTON - The federal government must make innovation in science and technology its top priority for economic growth, Rep. George Miller of California said Saturday in the Democratic Party's weekly radio address. Drawing on President Kennedy's leadership in the race to send men to the moon, Miller said demonstrated leadership is vital to promote innovation that advances health care, education and technology breakthroughs, as well as maintaining the country's competitive advantage. "America's leadership is being challenged today like never before," said Miller, senior Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee. "China, India, Korea and others are rapidly investing in...
  • Angli-Cans

    12/01/2005 5:43:34 AM PST · by miketheprof · 2 replies · 281+ views
    The Waffling Anglican ^ | 11/30/2005 | The Waffling Anglican
    New for your parish! Tired of all that silly old doctrine? Need to get rid of obsolete scriptural standards of theology and conduct so you too can “speak prophetically” like the really cool parishes? Got any leftover non-gender-inclusive bibles or 1928 prayerbooks? We at Anglican Innovations are proud to announce our new series of Angli-Can™ spiritual toilets for the disposal of outdated materials. Each Angli-Can is designed to handle centuries of dogmas and doctrines before requiring a service call.
  • Silicon Valley's Call: Smarten Up, America! (Tech execs want changes in government, social policies)

    11/19/2005 1:10:24 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies · 888+ views
    Business Week ^ | NOVEMBER 17, 2005 | Robert Hof
    An all-star cast of tech execs is demanding a raft of changes in government and social policies to spur innovation in the U.S.The only thing tech industry leaders love to talk about more than innovation is why it's in jeopardy. True to form, an all-star cast of Silicon Valley execs is renewing its perennial call for a raft of changes in government and social policies. At a Nov. 16 summit in San Jose, Calif., hosted by the bipartisan political-action network TechNet and moderated by public-television personality Charlie Rose, there was clearly more than a whiff of self-interest. TechNet members, who...
  • New Aussie Alloy

    11/03/2005 8:07:17 PM PST · by strategofr · 19 replies · 890+ views
    ABC Radio Australia ^ | 24 October 2005
    A new Australian magnesium alloy that's light, bright and shiny is exciting huge interest among manufacturers and designers around the world. Science and Technology:Research Contact: Professor Gordon Dunlop, General Manager Technology Development Advanced Magnesium Technologies Pty Ltd., PO Box 1364, Milton, BC, QLD 4064 International Telephone: +61 7 3510 4501 FAX: +61 7 3510 4525 Email: Website: Print this storyemail this page to a friend TRANSCRIPT: BLANCH : The CAST Cooperative Research Centre and specialty magnesium products developer Advanced Magnesium Technologies have developed AM-lite, a featherweight, high-strength magnesium alloy, cheaper and 70 per cent lighter than zinc, which...
  • Venture Capital Funding Soared in August

    09/06/2005 12:57:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 117+ views
    EE Times ^ | 09/05/2005 | Peter Clarke
    LONDON — Venture capital funding in the electronics and semiconductor sectors rebounded strongly in August as the deal flow and values belied its reputation as a month for vacations. EE Times' Venture Capital Counter (VCC) recorded 18 deals, which raised $229.80 million up from $180.15 million in July and far outstripping August 2004, when just $46.9 million was raised across 8 deals. Two California deals — Cortina Systems and Alloptic Inc. — each raised $30 million helping to drive up the average deal value. The deals recorded in August showed a typical geographical distribution with 13 U.S. deals, 5 in...
  • Govt contemplating introducing vibratory condoms

    06/26/2005 4:42:20 AM PDT · by QwertyKPH · 13 replies · 572+ views
    Sify News ^ | 26JUN05 | N/A
    New Delhi: In a bid to make condoms more popular and acceptable in the country, the government is contemplating the introduction of "vibratory condoms". The vibratory condoms, both for men and women, have been developed by an NRI based in Chennai. "Vibratory condoms will have a battery-operated small chip in them which will enhance pleasure and thus increase acceptability," official sources said. The problem currently is that condoms aren't very popular in India even, though, the risk of HIV infections spreading is rising by the day, they said. Condom usage forms only four-five per cent of all contraceptive methods in...
  • Customs hold woman who smuggled rare fish under skirt

    06/07/2005 6:47:04 AM PDT · by sully777 · 55 replies · 1,111+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | June 7, 2005 | MARGARET NEIGHBOUR
    A WOMAN has been arrested for trying to smuggle dozens of live tropical fish into Australia by hiding them under her skirt as she passed through customs. The woman, who has not been identified, was carrying the fish in a specially constructed apron with pouches to hold water-filled bags. Customs officials at Melbourne airport stopped the woman as she arrived on a flight from Singapore. They were alerted after hearing a "flipping" sound coming from her skirt. When she was searched the woman was found to be carrying 51 live tropical fish. "During the search customs officers became suspicious after...
  • Signs Of A Renaissance

    05/30/2005 5:21:31 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 1 replies · 222+ views
    UPI (via Space Daily) ^ | May 26, 2005 | Robert Zimmerman
    There may be many problems apparent at NASA and among the U.S. aerospace giants these days, but there also are signs that space exploration is about to undergo a renaissance, with an explosion of creativity unseen in decades. To explain this conclusion will require telling a personal anecdote, which begins in the mid-1980s. At the time, I had become fascinated with the sport of caving and was getting involved in several exploration projects. Together with other enthusiasts, we pushed the limits of known caves to find virgin and previously unexplored passages - to go literally where no one had gone...
  • New ‘Nuclear Battery’ Runs 10 Years, 10 Times More Powerful

    05/13/2005 9:34:52 AM PDT · by FreedomCalls · 100 replies · 2,783+ views ^ | May 12, 2005 | Staff
    A battery with a lifespan measured in decades is in development at the University of Rochester, as scientists demonstrate a new fabrication method that in its roughest form is already 10 times more efficient than current nuclear batteries—and has the potential to be nearly 200 times more efficient. Our society is placing ever-higher demands for power from all kinds of devices,” says Philippe Fauchet, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Rochester and co-author of the research. “For 50 years, people have been investigating converting simple nuclear decay into usable energy, but the yields were always too...
  • The Basics: Fill your tank with vegetable oil

    04/30/2005 6:10:42 AM PDT · by grania · 132 replies · 2,858+ views
    MSN online | April 30, 2005 | Jim Washburn
    Diesel engines can run on just about anything, including used cooking oil. An entire industry is emerging to provide brave 'biodiesel' pioneers with the ingredients for petroleum-free motoring. One day last March, my musician friend Jonathan drove up in a Mercedes. This was odd, since Jonathan is so resolutely counterculture that he once tried recording an album in the woods, without electricity. His car's exhaust smelled faintly of french fries, and therein lay the explanation: The new Jonathan Richman tour vehicle -- an '84 300D Turbo -- was running on vegetable oil-derived biodiesel fuel as he and his drummer crisscrossed...
  • Chinese Scientists Lag Behind in Innovation

    04/07/2005 1:07:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 413+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 2005-04-06
    BEIJING, April 6 (Xinhuanet) -- An academic appraisal report released here Wednesday said Chinese scientists lag behind their counterparts in developed countries with regard to the innovativeness of their research papers, which leads to a low frequency of citation. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) sponsored the appraisal of world science development trends and China's influence in science. Xiao Xiantao, a senior researcher who oversees the project, said in an interview with Xinhua that Chinese scientists performed well in mathematics, material science, chemistry and engineering, while having little influence in agricultural science and life science. According to the Essential Sciences...
  • Campaign to save Visual Basic 6 gathers support (Rapid obsolescence...of workforce?)

    03/13/2005 6:00:05 PM PST · by baseball_fan · 243 replies · 3,688+ views
    InfoWorld ^ | March 10, 2005 | Paul Krill
    An online petition gathering signatures to save Microsoft’s Visual Basic 6 programming language will not change the company’s intention to cut free support on March 31, a Microsoft representative said on Thursday afternoon. Microsoft’s plan to stop support has been discussed for almost three years and the deadline already has been extended once, said the press representative, who requested anonymity. Visual Basic 6 has been supported longer than any other Microsoft product, according to the representative. “Extended” support, which is fee-based, will continue through 2008. The vendor has spent the past few years encouraging Visual Basic 6 programmers to migrate...
  • Co. to Advertise on Neb. Man's Forehead

    01/25/2005 7:42:17 AM PST · by Middle-O-Road · 32 replies · 637+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Tue, Jan 25, 2005 | Yahoo
    OMAHA, Neb. - A Web-page designer who auctioned off the use of his forehead for advertising space is letting it go to his head. Andrew Fischer, 20, of Omaha, who put his forehead for sale on eBay as advertising space, received $37,375 on Friday to advertise the snoring remedy, SnoreStop. Fischer will display the SnoreStop logo on his forehead for one month. "I look forward to an enjoyable association with Andrew — a man who clearly has a head for business in every sense of the word," SnoreStop CEO Christian de Rivel said. "People will always comment on something out...
  • Reducing Unwanted Pregnancies and Abortion Through Prevention in Early Childhood ©

    01/22/2005 7:26:01 PM PST · by adonlan · 3 replies · 262+ views
    Reducing Unwanted Pregnancies and Abortion Through Prevention in Early Childhood © A Proposal By Andrew Kenny Donlan, Ph.D. Few national policy issues are as contentious as abortion, and few so polarize citizens concerned with values and government. Many citizens argue passionately for policies to reduce abortion rates, such as prohibiting late stage abortions or requiring parental and/or father notification. These policies remain divisive, as many individuals advocate fervently that abortion should remain legal and accessible. The lack of consensus among citizens leaves policy makers with insecure ground on which to form politically sustainable public policy. Cultivation of new public policy...
  • Salute to 2004's Technical Miracle Workers

    12/29/2004 6:22:32 AM PST · by OESY · 4 replies · 530+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 28, 2004 | GEORGE MELLOAN
    Americans have had no lack of dramatic news this year. The Boston Red Sox finally broke the 86-year-old "curse of the Babe" and won a World Series.... But events that don't make headline news often are more important than those that do. That quiet backdrop is explored by Sir Harold Evans, a British journalist, in "They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine -- Two Centuries of Innovation," (Little Brown & Co.) In an interview in the winter issue of "Invention & Technology" magazine, he is quoted as saying that America became economically strong through the "adaptive...
  • Bright Ideas for Boosting Innovation

    12/15/2004 3:15:26 PM PST · by ckilmer · 17 replies · 364+ views
    Business Week ^ | DECEMBER 15, 2004 | Steve Hamm
    Bright Ideas for Boosting Innovation A prominent group has lots of advice on how America can renew its focus on R&D and science education to keep ahead in this global race When the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I on Oct. 4, 1957, it was a space shot heard around the world. The basketball-size satellite awakened the U.S. to the threat of Soviet technological superiority. In response, America created the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA), set a goal of improving science education, and boosted government research and development spending to nearly 2% of gross domestic product by 1965.
  • Government says innovation is “stuck in a rut”

    10/12/2004 7:01:42 PM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 4 replies · 205+ views
    NZZ Online ^ | October 12, 2004 | Chris Lewis
    Leading representatives of the political, business and scientific worlds say innovation must become Switzerland’s “number one strategic priority”. The appeal, which came at the annual meeting of the Swiss Science Forum in Bern, was accompanied by calls for reform of the country’s higher education system. “Innovation in Switzerland is stuck in a rut,” Charles Kleiber, the state secretary for science and research and director of the Swiss Science Agency, told the opening session on Monday. “This matters because 60 to 70 per cent of economic growth is fuelled by innovation, and 45 per cent of the companies that will be...