AUTM Newsbrief
May. 2, 2013

Shapeshifters: Phones of the Future Could Morph on Demand
The Verge
Scientists at the University of Bristol have developed prototype devices that could drastically change the way we interact with our smartphones and tablets. The six working prototypes, known as "Morphees," are thin, electronic displays capable of automatically changing shape to perform certain functions. Researchers say that if brought to market, the devices could usher in a new era in mobile computing, breaking down the physical barriers that have traditionally defined smartphones, tablets, and gaming consoles.More

U.S. Lawmaker Proposes New Criteria for Choosing NSF Grants
Science Magazine
The new chair of the House of Representatives science committee has drafted a bill that, in effect, would replace peer review at the National Science Foundation with a set of funding criteria chosen by Congress. For good measure, it would also set in motion a process to determine whether the same criteria should be adopted by every other federal science agency.More

E. coli Bacteria Can Produce Diesel Biofuel
BBC News
A strain of bacteria has been created that can produce fuel, scientists say. Researchers genetically modified E. coli bacteria to convert sugar into an oil that is almost identical to conventional diesel. If the process could be scaled up, the synthetic fuel could be a viable alternative to the fossil fuel.More

Researchers Develop Synthetic Touch Arrays with Sensitivity of Human Fingertips
The Verge
Humans are already starting to sympathize with robots, but U.S. and Chinese researchers want to give robotics an even more humanlike touch — quite literally. A pair of scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a colleague at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing have developed a new kind of 3-D circuit array capable of providing the touch sensitivity of a human fingertip.More

Carbon Nanotube Sensor Detects Glucose in Saliva
MIT Technology Review
Many people with diabetes undergo a daily regimen of tests that measure the amount of glucose in the blood stream, usually taken from finger prick samples. Needless to say, this is a time-consuming, expensive and painful process. So a cheap way of measuring blood glucose that does not require finger pricking would clearly be advantageous. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia say they have developed such a device.More

White Graphene Soaks Up Pollutants and Can Be Reused
BBC News
A next-generation material first earmarked for use in electronics has proven itself a capable clean-up agent for polluted waters. A new report shows the material can preferentially soak up organic pollutants such as industrial chemicals or engine oil. More

University of Illinois at Chicago Writes Big Check for Startup Entrepreneurs
Following the lead of many universities across the country, the Chancellor's Innovation Fund at UIC will invest $2 million a year for a period of five years in promising companies that work to bring UIC research to market. Money will be allocated to proof-of-concept projects that apply research outputs to commercialization concepts, as well as to firms that are further along in their commercialization efforts.More

Giving Batteries a Boost with Graphene and Tiny Holes
A startup spun out of Northwestern University, called SiNode Systems, is building a lithium-ion battery using a piece of graphene drilled with tiny holes. The unusual structure can boost the amount of energy that a battery's anode can hold by 10 times, and can also enable the battery to be charged much more swiftly than conventional lithium-ion batteries.More

Do Patents Control Self-replicating Technologies?
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Traditional patent exhaustion protects subsequent uses and resale of a patented invention. However, courts generally have not extended this protection to "making" the patented invention. That is, the law does not protect an authorized purchaser from subsequently making the patented invention without authority from the patent holder. But how will the courts apply patent exhaustion principles to technologies that are necessarily "self-replicating" as many biotechnology inventions are?More

New UChicagoTech Deputy Director Seeks New Challenges
University of Chicago
Steve Kuemmerle likes the challenge of piloting his plane because it demands preparation but also provides adventure. A pilot has to be completely ready to deal with any situation that arises with the weather, the plane or anything else. It is a love of these types of challenges that attracted Kuemmerle to the UChicagoTech as its new deputy director.More

Arizona Lays Out Roadmap for Technology Transfer
Inside Tucson Business
"Tech Launch Arizona: Roadmap, 2013-2018," released by the university, charts UA's future course for capturing more revenue from in-house developed technologies and creating more collaborations with private industry.More

'Significant' Changes Announced at Utah's Tech Commercialization
The Salt Lake Tribune
The University of Utah is eliminating a high-ranking position dedicated to commercializing the school's ideas and research, one move in a set of "significant" changes. The U. is also retooling its process to give outside business people more influence.More

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Better World Project Seeks Technologies
Have a licensed technology that is helping make the world a better place? If so, we want to hear about it. The Better World Project spotlights real-world examples of academic research that benefits humankind is seeking story ideas. Questions? Contact Managing Editor Lisa Richter.More