AUTM Newsbrief
Jul. 12, 2012

Researchers Discover Molecule That Kills Cavity Causing Mouth Bacteria
Medical Xpress
Yale researcher Jose Cordova and Erich Astudillo from the University of Chile (and Founder of Top Tech Innovations SpA) have, after working together, discovered a new molecule that kills the bacteria Streptococcus Mutans; long known to be responsible for breaking down sugars in food in the mouth and leaving behind lactic acid which corrodes tooth enamel leading to decay. The new molecule they call Keep 32 (after the 32 teeth in the average human mouth) has been found to kill the bacteria on contact. The two have applied for a patent on their discovery and have also begun a marketing strategy aimed at both oral care products and makers of food. They say either product if left in the mouth for just 60 seconds will eliminate all the harmful bacteria in the mouth and keep them at bay for several hours.More

To Treat Genes, Apply Directly to the Skin
Futurity
Scientists have shown that they can deliver gene-regulation technology directly through the skin with regular moisturizers. This first-time demonstration of the method indicates its great potential for life-saving therapies for skin cancers, say the researchers, who were led by a physician-scientist and a chemist from the fields of dermatology and nanotechnology. The Northwestern University team's approach takes advantage of drugs consisting of novel spherical arrangements of nucleic acids. These structures, each about 1,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair, have the unique ability to recruit and bind to natural proteins that allow them to traverse the skin and enter cells.More

New Biofuel Process Improves Energy Recovery
R&D Magazine
A new biofuel production process created by Michigan State University (MSU) researchers produces energy more than 20 times higher than existing methods. The results, published in Environmental Science and Technology, showcase a novel way to use microbes to produce biofuel and hydrogen, all while consuming agricultural wastes. Gemma Reguera, MSU microbiologist, has developed bioelectrochemical systems known as microbial electrolysis cells, or MECs, using bacteria to breakdown and ferment agricultural waste into ethanol. Reguera's platform is unique because it employs a second bacterium, which, when added to the mix, removes all the waste fermentation byproducts or nonethanol materials while generating electricity.More

Smart Headlights Dodge Rain, Snow
Wired
When it comes to headlight technology, not much has changed in the last several decades. LEDs are on the cusp of becoming standard issue and adaptive headlamps that turn with the wheel have been around for years. But a system from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University has the potential to change the way we see in adverse weather by illuminating the road around droplets of rain and snow. As anyone who's driven in a torrential downpour or a snow storm can attest, the road isn't the only thing that gets lit up by the headlamps. Particles of snow and beads of water reflect light back at the driver, making bad visibility even worse. And that's where Carnegie Mellon University's Professor Srinivasa Narasimhan and his team come in.More

Phone App Monitors Data 'Abuse'
United Press International
German researchers say they've developed a smartphone app to stop other apps from secretly sending private data to a third party. This data "abuse" includes sending the identification number of the device, the personal whereabouts of the user, or even the contact details of friends, colleagues and customers, to a server somewhere on the Internet, researchers at Saarland University said.More

Researchers Develop Low-cost Transparent Conducting Film
The Engineer
Oxford University researchers are hoping to create a spin-out company to produce their low-cost transparent conducting film for photovoltaic cells, LEDs, and LCD touchscreens. The new coatings were developed as part of a program to investigate low-cost, earth abundant materials and inexpensive deposition routes that could be used for large-area transparent conducting oxide coatings. Transparent conducting oxides are used in a wide range of optoelectronic devices, including PV, LEDs and LCD touch screens. These materials are unique in that they can conduct electricity while being transparent to visible light. More

Researchers Take Hibiscus Efforts to Commercialization
Phys.org
Commercialization of winter-hardy hibiscuses from the Texas AgriLife Research & Extension Center at Vernon could become a reality within the next year, according to Dariusz Malinowski, Ph. D., Texas AgriLife Research plant physiologist and forage agronomist at Vernon. The hibiscus flower project got its early start about six years ago as a hobby at the homes of Malinowski, his coworker William Pinchak, Ph.D., AgriLife Research animal nutritionist, and Steve Brown, Texas Foundation Seed Service program director. But the commercialization effort began when it was added to the Vernon research program's strategic plan covering non-traditional or under-utilized crops that have value because of drought tolerance.More

ULM Researchers Patent New Drug
The News Star
Two researchers at the University of Louisiana at Monroe's College of Pharmacy have received a patent for a new drug designed to prevent the spread of prostate cancer. Girish Shah, Ph.D., and Khalid El Sayed, Ph.D., professors in ULM's basic pharmaceutical sciences department, developed the drug by isolating a compound derived from a Red Sea sponge. El Sayed said he was diving for sponges in the Red Sea in 2003 and later presented some of the extracted chemical compounds to Shah in 2007 in hopes that one of the compounds would help in Shah's prostate cancer research. The duo designed a unique screening platform enabling them to identify one right compound among 50.More

Better World Report Launches New Format
AUTM
The Better World Report is kicking off its new web-based redesign with two stories of technologies that are saving lives and improving the environment: a skin cancer drug from the University of California, Berkeley, and a cookstove from Colorado State University. To read these stories or submit your own, go to www.betterworldproject.org.More

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