Tech Insights
Nov. 28, 2012

High-skill green cards get lame-duck push in Congress
San Jose Mercury News
In the first test of a new political climate on immigration reform, the lame-duck House of Representatives is renewing a push to eliminate America's random visa lottery and replace it with a bill favored by thousands of Silicon Valley immigrant workers: one that would give green cards to foreigners with advanced U.S. degrees in science, engineering and math.More

Member profiles: Asymblix and Code Authority
Get to know MTBC members Asymblix, a manufacturing company providing prototyping services and retrofit solutions, and Code Authority, providing custom software development, website design, search engine optimization and internet marketing services.More

'Funnel' captures a wider spectrum of solar energy
Laboratory Equipment
The quest to harness a broader spectrum of sunlight's energy to produce electricity has taken a radically new turn, with the proposal of a "solar energy funnel" that takes advantage of materials under elastic strain. "We're trying to use elastic strains to produce unprecedented properties," says Ju Li, an MIT professor and corresponding author of a paper describing the new solar-funnel concept that was recently published in the journal Nature Photonics.More

The cybersecurity needs of the borderless enterprise
A borderless nation would be extremely difficult to defend, to the point of rendering the idea unthinkable. The same can be said about borderless enterprises, except in that case the idea isn't unthinkable. In fact, borderless enterprises are becoming the rule, not the exception.More

10 cloud computing pioneers
Cloud computing has rewritten decades of technology rules. Take a closer look at 10 innovators who helped make it possible.More

Study hints at the future of cloud computing
A recent study by the Cloud Security Alliance and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association revealed that changing government regulations, plausible exit strategies and international data privacy are the most pressing concerns of business enterprises about to the viability of cloud computing adoption. The study, published as "Cloud Market Maturity," draws on responses from 250 cloud users in 50 countries, provides unique insight into the future of en masse cloud adoption by contemporary global business enterprises.More

Cloud computing IT outsourcing contracts triple
The number of global IT services dealing with a cloud computing element have tripled since 2010, according to research from IT outsourcing consultancy Information Services Group. ISG used its TPI index to analyze IT outsourcing deals and found this year will see 300 IT contracts awarded which feature cloud computing services. This compares with 110 in 2010 and 220 in 2011.More

The case against robots with license to kill
Mother Nature Network
Battlefield drones and robots capable of choosing their targets and firing without any human oversight won't arrive for a few decades, experts say. But a new Human Rights Watch report calls for an international ban on fully autonomous "killer robots" before they ever become a part of military arsenals around the world. The thousands of drones and robots that the U.S. military already has deployed alongside troops are all controlled remotely by human operators, who can take responsibility if the machines accidentally injure or kill civilians. Fully autonomous robots capable of choosing targets and firing weapons on their own may come online within the next 20 or 30 years, if not sooner.More

Nanotechnology device mimics dog's nose to detect explosives
Nanowerk News
Portable, accurate and highly sensitive devices that sniff out vapors from explosives and other substances could become as commonplace as smoke detectors in public places, thanks to researchers at University of California, Santa Barbara. Researchers at UCSB, led by professors Carl Meinhart of mechanical engineering and Martin Moskovits of chemistry, have designed a detector that uses microfluidic nanotechnology to mimic the biological mechanism behind canine scent receptors. The device is both highly sensitive to trace amounts of certain vapor molecules and is able to tell a specific substance apart from similar molecules.More

3 renewable-energy nanotech projects to watch
Government Technology
According to three studies published in the journal Technology and Innovation — Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors, nanotechnology research being conducted in Florida could improve energy efficiency in several different applications.More