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New CNT Array Adhesion Tape and the Opportunity to Collaborate Company is seeking industry support for further testing and development of its carbon nanotube (CNT) adhesive. Developed in conjunction with the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the University of California-Berkeley, this company is looking for industry investment to support tests on the adhesion strength and mechanical stability of its nano adhesive. The time frame for testing is July 1st to December 31st of 2007. The company hopes to be able to deliver both single-side and double-side adhesion tape by the end of year. Limited single-side adhesive tape samples are available on both solid and flexible films. Interested corporations can leverage their investment with government matching funds. For more information on this technology, click here. The Technology Business Briefs portray licensing or selling opportunities intermediated by NextTechs. NextTechs Technologies, LLC is a Global Technology Investment Bank engaged in technology offers and needs intermediation in over 41 industries and 141 research disciplines. Search NextTechs' Technology Portfolio here.

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PTB Product of the Year Awards

Each month, the editors of Photonics Tech Briefs (PTB) select a Product of the Month. At the end of the year, we ask our readers to choose the Product of the Year -- the one product from those eight nominees that they feel was the most significant new product introduced to the photonics engineering community in 2006. The readers of PTB have selected the Product of the Year for 2006. The top three products will be recognized at a special awards dinner to be held in New York City and hosted by the editors of NASA Tech Briefs and Photonics Tech Briefs. The top three winners chosen by PTB readers are: 1. Toshiba Imaging Systems, Irvine, CA, for the IK-TF9C Three-Chip Color CCD Camera 2. Lambda Solutions, Waltham, MA, for the Dimension-P Series Raman Spectrometer 3. Newport Corp., Irvine, CA, for the Helios Transient Absorption Spectroscopy System For more information about PTB and to subscribe to the magazine, click here.

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Designer Heart

A new counter-flow heart pump being developed by researchers at Australia's Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is based on a double-output centrifugal model that pushes the blood in a counter direction to ensure correct flow through both sides of the heart. "The counter-flow pump is a bi-ventricular assist device (BVAD), meaning it supports both the left and right sides of the heart simultaneously," said lead researcher and QUT associate professor Andy Tan. "But what's so groundbreaking is that it is the first device to combine the function of two pumps into one unit." Current double-heart-pump technology requires the implant of two pumps that work independently, making it too bulky. The counter-flow pump has two independent impellers to simulate two pumps to augment the operations of the left and right ventricles. This allows the blood to flow at a higher delivery pressure as required by the left chamber of the heart, and a slower pressure as required by the right chamber. Click here for the full story.

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Brain Model

Understanding the functional significance of the folds in the outermost layer of the brains of large mammals is one of the big open questions in neuroscience. A team led by MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School researchers recently developed a tool that could aid such studies by helping researchers "see" how those folds develop and decay in the cerebral cortex. By applying computer graphics techniques to brain images collected using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, the team created a set of tools for tracking and measuring these folds over time. The resulting model of cortical development may serve as a biomarker for early diagnosis of neurological disorders such as autism. For more information, click here.

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Tech Needs of the Week

New orthobiologic technologies are needed that stimulate bone growth in spinal fusion repairs. Methods that stimulate bone growth, provide growth scaffolding, and promote healing through osteo- induction (where bone formation is actively induced) and osteo- conduction (where a scaffold passively facilitates bone repair) are of particular interest. To respond to this Tech Need, click here. Ingredients are needed for food products to promote overall bone health, bone mineral content, and bone mineral density. The ingredients must deliver a benefit that demonstrates positive effects beyond known nutrients when measured against a control group on a diet adequate in calcium. To respond to this Tech Need, click here. The Technology Needs of the Week are anonymous requests for technology, distributed through the yet2.com marketplace, that you and your organization may be able to fulfill. Responding to a Tech Need is the first step to gaining an introduction with a prospective "buyer" for your technology solution.

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Drug Delivery

A Princeton University research team has created particles that can deliver medicine deep into the lungs or infiltrate cancer cells while leaving normal cells alone. Only 100 to 300 nanometers wide, the particles can be loaded with medicines or imaging agents to enhance the detection capabilities of CT scans and MRIs. The new technique, called "Flash NanoPrecipitation," allows the researchers to mix drugs and the materials that encapsulate them. While the nanoparticles are too large to pass through the membrane of normal cells, they will pass through larger defects in the capillaries of rapidly growing solid tumors. Similar mixing techniques have been used to create bulkier pharmaceutical products and have proven practical on a commercial scale. For more information, click here.

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White Papers

Finite Element Implementation of Advanced Failure Criteria for Composites NASA recently developed LaRC02, a set of first-ply-failure criteria for composites that have been shown to be accurate and physically consistent. This white paper from Noran Engineering describes the LaRC02 criterion features and its implementation into NEiNastran. MicroTCA(TM) System Management This white paper from GE Fanuc describes the management capabilities of MicroTCA, which include temperature and voltage monitoring, FRU insertion and removal, and electronic keying.

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