AUTM Newsbrief
May. 3, 2012

Non-Toxic Green Tea Shampoo to Treat Dandruff
The Medical News
Dandruff sufferers now have a non-toxic product to treat the condition, says a researcher at Georgia Health Sciences University. "Most current effective anti-dandruff shampoos contain ingredients that are toxic to humans and the environment," according to Dr. Stephen Hsu, GHSU Professor of Oral Biology. "Our green tea shampoo uses technology without coal tar, sulfate, sulfur or toxins. It's environmentally friendly, and it works." Lipadan technology, Hsu's patented green tea formulation, can penetrate the skin's waterproof barrier, unlike water-soluble green tea. This enables the hair-friendly green tea components to combat major causes of dandruff: excessive cell growth, oxidative stress and inflammation. More

Researchers at McMaster University Develop Rapid Test Strips for Bacterial Contamination in Swimming Water
Lab Manager Magazine
Urban beach closures due to coliform outbreaks have become disturbing signs of summer, yet water-testing technology has never been fast enough to keep up with changing conditions, nor accessible enough to check all waters. Now, Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network funded researchers at McMaster University have developed a rapid testing method using a simple paper strip that can detect E. coli in recreational water within minutes. The new tool can close the gap between outbreak and detection, improving public safety globally. More

Is New Federal Budget Short-Sighted on Research?
The Toronto Observer
A key point of the new federal budget — delivered in March — is the government's push toward more applied research. The idea, says Conservative Kitchener-Waterloo MP Peter Braid, is to propel Canada forward on the innovation front. "We have an innovation gap in Canada where public investment in research and development (R&D) is very high, but our private investment in R&D is relatively low," he said. "So we need to find ways through public policy to help close the innovation gap in Canada and to increase the commercialization of research and technology." Applied research allows moving inventions from the lab to the factory. More

U Licenses Energy Storage System
The Minnesota Daily
Perry Li's renewable energy storage system started as an idea for powering energy-efficient cars. Six years later, his isothermal compressed air energy storage (ICAES) technology, which provides large-scale energy storage, has been licensed for commercialization. The invention provides a way of storing energy without taking up a lot of space or losing much of the captured energy. ICAES uses wind energy to power an air compressor. The compressed air goes into a storage tank until the energy is needed. The process is then reversed, and the air is expanded, producing energy that powers an electric generator. In March, the University of Minnesota's Office for Technology Commercialization licensed ICAES nonexclusively to SustainX, a New Hampshire-based energy storage company that researches, builds and markets storage systems similar to Li's.More

New Carbon Capture Technique Is Highly Energy Efficient
Bits of Science
Ask Texas A&M University chemist Hong-Cai "Joe" Zhou to describe his research in simple terms, and more often than not, he'll draw on a favorite analogy from childhood: playing with LEGOs. But if you're tempted to view his work as child's play, you might want to think again. The building blocks he and his group specialize in actually are a recently developed, increasingly versatile class of materials known as metal-organic frameworks (MOF). An emerging technology in the scientific community, MOF are porous crystalline polymers made up of metal ions or metal-containing components and organic ligands. Zhou's group, in collaboration with Hae-Kwon Jeong and Perla B. Balbuena in the Department of Chemical Engineering, assembles MOF materials with profound potential for cleaner energy across the globe.More

Three New Rootstocks Help Growers Manage Avocado Root Rot
The Grower
Three new rootstocks may help avocado growers battle Phytophthora root rot, a multi-million-dollar problem in California. The roostocks—Zentmyer, Steddom and Uzi—are the product of University of California, Riverside, plant pathologist Greg Douhan, and his team, according to a news release. In addition to being Phythophthora tolerant, each rootstock has other desirable attributes. Zentmyer, for example, is extremely vigorous but is not salt tolerant. It also often doesn't yield consistently under non-root-rot conditions. Steddom has tolerance to both root rot and salinity.More

University of Texas at Austin Researchers to Present Medical 'Lightsabers' at CLEO: 2012
A team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin has developed a small, flexible endoscopic medical device fitted with a femtosecond laser "scalpel" that can remove diseased or damaged tissue while leaving healthy cells untouched, said organizers of the Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO: 2012). According to a release, the researchers will present their work at CLEO: 2012 in San Jose, CA, taking place May 6-11. More

Superconducting Strip Could Become an Ultra-Low-Voltage Sensor
Researchers studying a superconducting strip observed an intermittent motion of magnetic flux which carries vortices inside the regularly spaced weak conducting regions carved into the superconducting material. These vortices resulted in alternating static phases with zero voltage and dynamic phases, which are characterized by non-zero voltage peaks in the superconductor. This study, which is about to be published in European Physical Journal B, was carried out by scientists from the Condensed Matter Theory Group of the University of Antwerp, Belgium, working in collaboration with Brazilian colleagues.More

Robot Sensing and Smartphones Help Blind Navigate
New Scientist
Robots need help navigating their surroundings and sophisticated location systems to keep track of their position. Now the same technologies are being adapted to help blind people navigate indoor and outdoor spaces independently. One such system, being developed by Edwige Pissaloux and colleagues at the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, France, consists of a pair of glasses equipped with cameras and sensors like those used in robot exploration.More

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