AUTM Newsbrief
July 28, 2011

6 observations about Michigan's innovation economy
Michigan has been, is and will probably always be primarily an auto state. The state has tried hard to diversify into high-tech industries, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, cleantech and software. But despite the well-publicized troubles in the automobile industry, the business of making cars remains deeply ingrained in Michigan's economy and culture.More

Research may lead to a more effective vaccine to fight pneumonia and related diseases
The Oklahoman
Oklahoma researchers have built a kinder toxin that ultimately could save children's lives. More than 800,000 children each year under age 5 die from diseases such as pneumonia, bloodstream infections or infection of the fluid around the spinal cord and brain called meningitis. Sometimes these conditions are caused by the same bacteria.More

Researchers develop prototype to detect fake websites
It seems logical that a more Internet-driven world would translate into a heightened awareness of fake websites. But it isn't so. The vast majority of people still are unable to determine the authenticity of websites, resulting in tremendous monetary loses. That is what is driving the work of University of Arizona Artificial Intelligence Lab members who, along with a UA alumnus, have earned a top honor from MIS Quarterly for their research.More

Brain cap technology turns thought into motion
Medical Xpress
"Brain cap" technology being developed at the University of Maryland allows users to turn their thoughts into motion. Associate Professor of Kinesiology José "Pepe" L. Contreras-Vidal and his team have created a noninvasive, sensor-lined cap with neural interface software that soon could be used to control computers, robotic prosthetic limbs, motorized wheelchairs and even digital avatars.More

Report: South Korean scientists create glowing dog
South Korean scientists said they have created a glowing dog using a cloning technique that could help find cures for human diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, Yonhap news agency reported. A research team from Seoul National University said the genetically modified female beagle, named Tegon and born in 2009, has been found to glow fluorescent green under ultraviolet light if given a doxycycline antibiotic, the report said.More

Vascular composites enable dynamic structural materials
Taking their cue from biological circulatory systems, University of Illinois researchers have developed vascularized structural composites, creating materials that are lightweight and strong with potential for self-healing, self-cooling, metamaterials and more. Composite materials are a combination of two or more materials that harness the properties of both. Composites are valued as structural materials because they can be lightweight and strong. Many composites are fiber-reinforced, made of a network of woven fibers embedded in resin — for example, graphite, fiberglass or Kevlar.More

New research startup to identify key traits in MMO players
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have signed an agreement to launch a new analytics software startup that will identify key traits in MMO players, and allow developers to enhance user experience. Ninja Metrics, the technology designed by University of Minnesota computer science and engineering professor Jaideep Srivastava and University of Southern California associate professor Dmitri Williams, will enable game creators to better understand their players' psycho-social motivations.More

Scientists integrate single-cell processing and RT-qPCR for parallel analysis of hundreds of cells
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Researchers report on the development of a fully integrated microfluidic device they claim can perform RT-qPCR measurements of gene expression in hundreds of single cells, in a single run. Uniquely, the 9V battery-sized device, developed by a team at the University of British Columbia, and the Center for Translational and Applied Genomics in Vancouver, Canada, has been designed to carry out all steps associated with single cell processing, including cell capture, cell lysis, reverse transcription and quantitative PCR.More