Tech Insights
Jan. 30, 2013

Study explores the potential benefits, threats of nanotechnology research
R&D Magazine
Every day scientists learn more about how the world works at the smallest scales. While this knowledge has the potential to help others, it's possible that the same discoveries can also be used in ways that cause widespread harm. A new article in Nanomedicine, born out of a Federal Bureau of Investigation workshop held at the University of Notre Dame in September 2012, tackles this complex "dual-use" aspect of nanotechnology research.More

Texas Technology Day is your chance to support technology in Texas
The MTBC needs your help to have our voice and our legislative priorities heard by Texas legislators. Please join us in Austin on Feb. 20 for Texas Technology Day. You will spend the day with other MTBC members meeting state elected officials, sharing the MTBC legislative priorities with them and reminding them why technology is important in Texas.More

Call for volunteers for Tech Titans general committee
The MTBC's biggest event of the year doesn't happen until Aug. 23, but planning starts now. We are seeking volunteers for all aspects of Tech Titans: judges, gala entertainment, marketing, STEM donations collection and decorations.More

Researchers: Your DNA can store information from a million CDs
The Associated Press via Fox News
It can store the information from a million CDs in a space no bigger than your little finger, and could keep it safe for centuries. Is this some new electronic gadget? Nope. It's DNA. The genetic material has long held all the information needed to make plants and animals, and now some scientists are saying it could help handle the growing storage needs of today's information society.More

BlackBerry comeback: RIM must win developer support
Information Week
The Jan. 30 arrival of BlackBerry 10 is here. After looking for months like it would be dead on arrival, RIM's new OS has cultivated growing enthusiasm in recent weeks, leading Gartner analyst Phil Redman to declare in a blog post that 2013 would be the platform's "comeback year." Whether BlackBerry 10 lives up to the sudden hype remains to be seen, but if it does, there's a good bet that app developers will be leading the charge.More

When baby products meet high-end robotics
Henry Thorne once programmed hulking robots to weld the frames of Buick Regals, Pontiac Grand Prixs and Chevy Cutlass Supremes on a General Motors assembly line. He was one of the key brains behind a six-mile, spark-throwing spectacle that became a symbol of Detroit automation. Today, Thorne, 53, designs robots for much smaller vehicles that carry much cuter cargo. He's the engineering brains behind the Origami, the world's only power-folding stroller.More

Saudi Aramco advances industry with technology innovation
Houston Chronicle
Finding new and novel approaches to maximizing the potential of its oil and gas reserves has energy company Saudi Aramco pursuing technology advances that can enhance recovery rates. The company's research and development activities are also extending to unconventional sources of energy recovery such as shale gas. More

Richardson-based executive a key to Samsung's surge
Dallas Business Journal
Part of Samsung's recent success can be attributed to a $200 million U.S. marketing blitz that was launched in 2011 that basically lampoons Apple and its products. You've seen them: people standing in line outside what is inferred as an Apple store wondering when the next big thing will be released while nearby Samsung users click their phones to exchange files. Who's the brains behind this advertising assault on Apple's iPhone? The Wall Street Journal said the credit goes to Todd Pendleton, the Richardson-based chief marketing officer at Samsung Telecommunications America.More

Beware: 7 sins of cloud computing
Why seven? Why not? While none of these problem areas align with the so-called deadly sins, the reality is that each represents a real challenge that can arise in many organizations, whether enterprises or SMBs, when it comes to implementing and maintaining a cloud architecture. These are universal challenges. While each is not an ultimate, insurmountable hurdle to adoption, thinking about how each of these is wrong, or at least misguided, is a smart way to navigate toward successful cloud strategy and implementation.More

5 skills that should be part of every cloud job description
There is a rising number of IT jobs that require the ability to either build or interface with cloud computing services and systems. One report estimates that only about 5 percent of the IT workforce is "cloud ready." Whether or not this is accurate, it does point to a market that is accelerating faster than the skills available to keep up with it. For designing the cloud computing-related jobs of today and tomorrow, there are certain qualities that should be written into every job description.More

The Pentagon's massive expansion of its 'cybersecurity' unit is all about offense
The Guardian via Business Insider
As the U.S. government depicts the Defense Department as shrinking due to budgetary constraints, the Washington Post announced "a major expansion of [the Pentagon's] cybersecurity force over the next several years, increasing its size more than fivefold." Specifically, says the New York Times, "the expansion would increase the Defense Department's Cyber Command by more than 4,000 people, up from the current 900." More

Next generation nanotechnology solar cells will be 20 times thinner
Nanoscientists are currently developing the next generation of solar cells, which will be 20 times thinner than current solar cells. Over 90 percent of the current electricity generated by solar panels is made by silicon plates that are 200 micrometers thick. Several billion of these are produced every year. The problem is the large consumption of silicon: five grams per watt. More

Fighting lung disease with nanotechnology
A UT Arlington bioengineering researcher has teamed with a UT Southwestern colleague to develop a nanoparticle drug delivery system that will help stimulate lung growth and function after partial lung removal or destructive lung disease. Kytai Nguyen, an associate professor of bioengineering, is working on the drug delivery portion of the project, which is funded through a $3.4 million National Institutes of Health grant through 2016.More