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Synthetic collagen promotes natural clotting

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON – Synthetic collagen invented at Rice University may help wounds heal by directing the natural clotting of blood.

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Goals, Saves and Circuits Propel UT Robot Soccer Club

Five toddler-sized robots shuffle toward the net, pursuing a red sphere slightly larger than a baseball, intent on pushing it across the goal line. A few stumble, some veer away. But one persistent player taps the ball just far enough – goal! 

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Texas to Give $2.2 Million to Texas A&M University Wind Energy Center

Texas Business reports: The Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) will advance $2.2 million to the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Wind Energy Center for a collaborative project that brings together researchers from universities across the state to develop and increase the capacity of offshore wind energy technology, and help bring it to market. 

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UT Austin to Become Partner in Construction of World’s Largest Telescope

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The University of Texas System Board of Regents Friday authorized UT Austin to spend $50 million in research reserves to participate in building the Giant Magellan Telescope, which will be the world’s largest telescope when it’s completed in 2020.

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Rice University lab builds rig to evaluate oil, gas wells in fracturing operations

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—A tabletop device invented at Rice University can tell how efficiently a nanoparticle would travel through a well and may provide a wealth of information for oil and gas producers. 

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Researchers ‘detune’ a molecule

HOUSTON––Rice University scientists have found they can control the bonds between atoms in a molecule.

The molecule in question is carbon-60, also known as the buckminsterfullerene and the buckyball, discovered at Rice in 1985. The scientists led by Rice physicists Yajing Li and Douglas Natelson found that it’s possible to soften the bonds between atoms by applying a voltage and running an electric current through a single buckyball. 

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Research Lays Out Theory for Metamaterials That Act as an Analog Computer

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—A new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, The University of Texas at Austin and University of Sannio in Italy shows that metamaterials can be designed to do “photonic calculus” by working like an analog computer. 

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UT Researchers Design First Battery-Powered Invisibility Cloak

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN--Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have proposed the first design of a cloaking device that uses an external source of energy to significantly broaden its bandwidth of operation. 

 
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Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Selected for Drone Program

The Federal Aviation Administration has chosen Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as one of six test sites to further study the uses of unmanned aircraft systems, the controversial machines commonly referred to as drones, school officials said.


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Texas A&M, NSF Announce Agreement For Research Ship Operations, May Total $250 Million

Texas Business reports:  COLLEGE STATION, Texas—The National Science Board authorized the National Science Foundation to enter into a cooperative agreement with Texas A&M University to continue managing the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) and operating its scientific research vessel  JOIDES Resolution, considered a premier research vessel for deep-ocean drilling. 

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Rice-led team discovers iron compounds’ common mechanisms may help find new superconductors

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The decadeslong effort to create practical superconductors moved a step forward with the discovery at Rice University that two distinctly different iron-based compounds share common mechanisms for moving electrons. 

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Thin Is In: New Texas Highways Cut into Big Costs

Not everything is bigger these days in Texas, where state highway engineers have developed thinner paving mixes that work better than old-style asphalt coatings, last longer and save the state millions of dollars.


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Houston’s Rebellion Photonics Wins Wall Street Journal Start-Up of the Year Competition

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Rebellion Photonics, a Houston Technology Center (HTC) energy client, won first place in the Wall Street Journal inaugural Start-Up of the Year competition. 

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Tanks, graphene! Rice advances compressed gas storage

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—A discovery at Rice University aims to make vehicles that run on compressed natural gas more practical. It might also prolong the shelf life of bottled beer and soda. 

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DOD Gives $75 Million Grant to Rice, UTHealth to Push Tissue-Engineering Research

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—A $75 million Department of Defense grant to improve technologies to treat soldiers injured on the battlefield and advance care for the public will involve bioengineers at Rice University and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). 

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Rice researchers aim to digest data glut with optical network | hou_txbz,
Rice researchers aim to digest data glut with optical network

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Computer networking researchers at Rice University have a new idea for how to handle the mountains of data piling up in the labs of their fellow scientists around campus: Create a customized, energy-efficient optical network that can feed rivers of data to Rice’s supercomputers. 

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New password in a heartbeat | hou_txbz,
New password in a heartbeat

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Pacemakers, insulin pumps, defibrillators and other implantable medical devices often have wireless capabilities that allow emergency workers to monitor patients. But these devices have a potential downside: They can be hacked.

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 Rice students build state-of-the-art laser cutter for cheap | hou_txbz,
Rice students build state-of-the-art laser cutter for cheap

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—A new, state-of-the-art laser cutter stands in a room off of the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts’ workshop on the second floor of Sewall Hall. The price tag: $8,000 — a fraction of the cost of a factory-built laser cutter. 

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A swarm on every desktop: Robotics experts learn from public

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The next experiment from Rice University’s Multi-Robot Systems Laboratory (MRSL) could happen on your desktop. The lab’s researchers are refining their control algorithms for robotic swarms based upon data from five free online games that anyone can play. 

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Rice University wins neuroengineering grant

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—An effort by Rice University to train the neuroengineers of the future has drawn nearly $2.8 million in support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

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Chemist Awarded $1.1 Million NIH Grant to Model “Long-Time” Molecular Movements Aug. 13, 2013 AUSTIN, Texas — A University of Texas at Austin

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—A University of Texas at Austin chemist received a $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand research modeling “long-time” biological processes down to the last atom. 

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Buffalo Technology Forms Buffalo Americas

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—Buffalo Technology, a provider in design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network and direct attached storage solutions, incorporated Buffalo Technology Latin America and Buffalo Brazil into its North American organization to form Buffalo Americas Inc. 

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Researchers compute, then combine benign viruses to fight disease | hou_txbz,
Researchers compute, then combine benign viruses to fight disease

 Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Rice University researchers are making strides toward a set of rules to custom-design Lego-like viral capsid proteins for gene therapy. 

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Water clears path for nanoribbon development | hou_txbz,
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Silicon oxide memories transcend a hurdle | hou_txbz,
Silicon oxide memories transcend a hurdle

Texas Business reports: A Rice University laboratory pioneering memory devices that use cheap, plentiful silicon oxide to store data has pushed them a step further with chips that show the technology’s practicality. 

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Graphene ‘onion rings’ have delicious potential | hou_txbz, graphene,
Graphene ‘onion rings’ have delicious potential

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Concentric hexagons of graphene grown in a furnace at Rice University represent the first time anyone has synthesized graphene nanoribbons on metal from the bottom up — atom by atom.


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Wiggling worms make waves in gene pool | hou_txbz, worms, wave form,
Wiggling worms make waves in gene pool

 Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The idea that worms can be seen as waveforms allowed scientists at Rice University to find new links in gene networks that control movement. 

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UT Scientists Devise Cheaper Way To Take Salt Out of Salt Water

Texas Business reports: By creating a small electrical field that removes salts from seawater, chemists at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Marburg in Germany have introduced a new method for the desalination of seawater that consumes less energy and is dramatically simpler than conventional techniques. The new method requires so little energy that it can run on a store-bought battery. 

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Motorola Mobility and Eight Leading U.S. Universities Sign R&D Agreement

Texas Business reports:  SUNNYVALE—Motorola Mobility’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group reached collaboration agreement with Texas A&M and seven other U.S. research universities. 

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New UTA Therapies Targets Cancer Without Typical Side Effects

Texas Business reports: A team of UT Arlington researchers has identified two ruthenium-based complexes they believe could pave the way for treatments that control cancer cell growth more effectively and are less toxic for patients than current chemotherapies. 

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Nanoelectronics Center at UT Austin Receives $7.8 Million Award
Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded The University of Texas at Austin a five-year, $7.8 million nanoelectronics award.

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Mismatched materials can be tough enough | hou_txbz,
Mismatched materials can be tough enough

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Rice University researchers have for the first time detailed the molecular mechanism that makes a particular combination of cement and polymer glue so tough. 

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Engineers Investigating Novel Structural Materials for Nuclear Reactors

Texas Business reports: EL PASO--Led by Chintalapalle Ramana, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso are investigating novel structural materials to improve nuclear reactors. 

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Texas A&M Research Using Special Foams To Treat Aneurysms

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION, Texas—An innovative method for treating potentially fatal brain aneurysms by filling them with foam-like plastics is a step closer to clinical trials after demonstrating an ability to promote healing at unprecedented levels, said a Texas A&M University researcher who is developing the treatment. 

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2-D electronics take a step forward | hou_txbz,
2-D electronics take a step forward

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Scientists at Rice University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have advanced on the goal of two-dimensional electronics with a method to control the growth of uniform atomic layers of molybdenum disulfide (MDS). 

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Fort Worth's Lockheed Wins $104.7 Million Military Contract Change

Texas Business reports:  A Fort Worth firm won a $104.7 million contract change for military computing products, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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UNT a member of research group awarded $8.5 million to study new materials for DOD

Texas Business reports: DENTON—The University of North Texas is a member of a research group awarded $8.5 million to investigate new materials for U.S. Department of Defense technologies. 

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Lockheed's Patriot Missile: First time demonstration of multi-target engagement

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—Lockheed Martin's PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) Missile successfully engaged, intercepted and destroyed two different threat representative targets during a flight test this week at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.  

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Researchers Developing Treatment to Remove Hormone Disrupting Contaminants from Water System

Texas Business reports: Chemists, biologists and engineers at The University of Texas at El Paso are developing a treatment to remove endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) in reclaimed water and drinking water. 

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Add boron for better batteries | hou_txbz, boron, battery,lithium,
Add boron for better batteries

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Frustration led to revelation when Rice University scientists determined how graphene might be made useful for high-capacity batteries. 

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Dell Opens Hyperscale Innovation Center at Austin, Texas Campus

Texas Business reports: ROUND ROCK, TexasDell opened its Evergreen Innovation Center located at the company's Austin campus. Building on its existing enterprise offerings, Dell's innovation center is developing future hyperscale data center solutions. 

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Cow blood keeps gold nanoparticles stable | hou_txbz, cow blood, bovine, gold, nanoparticle,
Cow blood keeps gold nanoparticles stable

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—A protein from cow blood has the remarkable ability to keep gold nanoparticles from clumping in a solution. The discovery could lead to improved biomedical applications and contribute to projects that use nanoparticles in harsh environments. 

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UTA Research To Produce Safer, Faster Aircraft | dal_ftw_txbz,
UTA Research To Produce Safer, Faster Aircraft

Texas Business reports: ARLINGTON—A University of Texas at Arlington aerospace engineer is developing diagnostic and predictive tools that can aid aircraft manufacturers in analyzing composite structures used to make aircraft safer, faster and more reliable. 

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UTSA College of Business receives $1 million for digital forensics research

Texas Business reports: Is someone from your organization stealing trade secrets and selling them to your competitors? Does your organization struggle with detecting and stopping Internet attacks? Researchers in the UTSA College of Business have received two grants totaling $1 million to help companies better detect insider threats and enhance computer security. 

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Professor’s laser technology could change the way surgeons operate

Texas Business reports:  DENTON—When surgeons need to cut or shape bone during surgery, they use a number of conventional tools including saws, drills, hammers, chisels and grinders. 

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TEES, TEEX, civil engineering create man-made F5 tornado for product testing

Texas Business reports: Storm Resistant Systems (SR Systems LLC) of Linden, Ala., headed by chief executive Scott Drummond and general manager Steve Zimmerman, blew into College Station in April with a special request. 

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UTA Engineer Boosts Internet Security with Quantum Nature of Light | UTA,dal_ftw_txbz,Michael Vasilyev,
UTA Engineer Boosts Internet Security with Quantum Nature of Light

Texas Business reports:  Michael Vasilyev’s goals in his research are simply stated: increase by tenfold the amount of information that can be securely transmitted via the Internet and the distance over which that data can be transmitted. 

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Visolis Wins 30th Annual Global Venture Labs Investment Competition

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—Visolis, a student-run company from the Indian School of Business, beat 39 teams from top graduate programs around the world to claim the grand prize at the 30th annual Global Venture Labs Investment Competition (GVLIC) held at The University of Texas at Austin earlier this month. 

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UT Researchers Work to Make At-Home Diagnosis Easier | diagnosis,
UT Researchers Work to Make At-Home Diagnosis Easier

Researchers at The University of Texas are developing technology that may soon allow individuals to be tested for a number of infections and diseases without having to make a trip to the doctor’s office. 

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Team from Rice University and Tunisia is engineering robot to wash high-rise windows | hou_txbz, Rice University, Tunisia, wash window, robot,
Team from Rice University and Tunisia is engineering robot to wash high-rise windows

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—As long as buildings have windows, engineers will fret about how best to keep them clean. Rice University engineering students are no exception and are working on better ways to keep skyscrapers shiny. 

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Technology, Music and Art Merge at the ATX Hackerspace | aust_txbz, ATX, hackers,
Technology, Music and Art Merge at the ATX Hackerspace

AUSTIN — In a nondescript industrial office park in Northeast Austin, a group of hackers works in a sprawling warehouse equipped with cutting edge technologies, plotting the expansion of their organization. 

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Texas A&M Researcher Helps Discover An "Almost Psychic" Photonless CommunicationTexas A&M Researcher Helps Discover An "Almost Psychic" Photonless Com

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION, Texas—In the bizarre world of quantum physics, objects can be in more than one place at a time and future events can change the past. New research involving a Texas A&M University professor makes that microscopic realm even a bit stranger. 

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Chloroform cleanup: just the beginning for palladium-gold catalysts | hou_txbz, gold, palladium, chloride, Rice,
Chloroform cleanup: just the beginning for palladium-gold catalysts

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON— Researchers from Rice University, DuPont Central Research and Development and Stanford University announced a full-scale field test of an innovative process that gently but quickly destroys some of the world’s most pervasive and problematic pollutants. 

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Rice receives $1.5 million to create brain damage recovery study lab   | Rice University, brain damage,
Rice receives $1.5 million to create brain damage recovery study lab

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—A $1.5 million grant from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation will enable researchers at Rice University to build out the Texas Medical Center’s (TMC) first core laboratory devoted to studying neuroplasticity — the brain’s ability to reorganize itself after traumatic injury or neurological disorders. 

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Cheers for a comfy chair

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—A new chair developed by engineering students at Rice University will make radiation therapy sessions for cancer patients more comfortable and more effective. 

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Piezoelectrics: Harvesting Personal Power

Texas Business reports: Imagine a self-powering cell phone that never needs to be charged because it converts sound waves produced by the user into the energy it needs to keep running. 

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‘Waste heat’ may economize CO2 capture from power plant emissions

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—In some of the first results from a federally funded initiative to find new ways of capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from coal-fired power plants, Rice University scientists have found that CO2 can be removed more economically using “waste” heat — low-grade steam that cannot be used to produce electricity. 

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New Research Platform to Fly on XCOR Lynx Space Plane

Texas Business reports:  COLLEGE STATION, Texas—A new payload carrier promises to dramatically reduce the cost of access to space for small scientific and education payloads. 

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Researchers Create an Ultrathin Invisibility Cloak

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN, Texas — Until now, the invisibility cloaks put forward by scientists have been bulky devices — an obvious flaw for those interested in Harry Potter-style applications. 

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UTPA receives $1.2 million HHMI grant to support science education | mca_edi_miss_txbz,
UTPA receives $1.2 million HHMI grant to support science education

Texas Business reports: The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) awarded The University of Texas-Pan American a $1.2 million grant to support undergraduate science education initiatives. 

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New material could improve ultrasound technology
Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—Ultrasound technology could soon experience a significant upgrade that would enable it to produce high-quality, high-resolution images thanks to the development of a new key material by a team of researchers that includes biomedical engineering researcher Vladislav Yakovlev.  Full Story »
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Southwest Research Institute, University of New Hampshire collaborate on new Space Science Department

Texas Business reports:  SAN ANTONIO—Southwest Research Institute and the University of New Hampshire signed a research collaboration agreement enabling the organizations to augment their areas of expertise and seek opportunities in astrophysics, Earth and ocean science, and larger and more complex space science missions. 

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Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects' new computing center opens at the University of Texas at Austin | aust_txbz, Pelli Clarke, GDC,
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects' new computing center opens at the University of Texas at Austin

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—A computing center designed by Connecticut’s Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall, opened at the University of Texas at Austin. 

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Texas Tech’s Cotton Wipe Proves Better at Decontaminating Nerve Gas Surrogate in Lab Testing | lub_txbz, Texas Tech, decontamination wipe, decontamination, wipe, Seshadri Ramkumar, M-291, soman,nerve gas,
Texas Tech’s Cotton Wipe Proves Better at Decontaminating Nerve Gas Surrogate in Lab Testing
Texas Business reports: A decontamination wipe created by researchers at Texas Tech University, has proven itself more viable at cleaning up a nerve chemical surrogate than the decontamination substance currently used by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), which is currently being phased out.  Full Story »
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Center for Cell and Gene Therapy receives $11.3 million for T cell therapy for cancer

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—The Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and The Methodist Hospital received a $11.3 million renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health to advance the development of more effective and less toxic targeted T cell therapies for children and adults with cancer. 

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Shmadzu Scientific Gives $7.5 Million TO UTA For Research Tech | dal_ftw_txbz, Simadzu Scientific, UTA,
Shmadzu Scientific Gives $7.5 Million TO UTA For Research Tech

Texas Business reports: A $7.5 million gift from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments to The University of Texas at Arlington will support one of the most significant installments of advanced scientific equipment in the United States, propelling the University to new heights of discovery and innovation.  

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Modified bacteria turn waste into fat for fuel

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—“Green” chemistry developed at Rice University is at the center of a new government effort to turn plant waste into fatty acids, and then into fuel. 

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Inhalable Drug Could Bring Relief to Cystic Fibrosis Patients | aust_txbz, Savara, cystic fibrosis, AeroVanc, Margaret Nicklas,
Inhalable Drug Could Bring Relief to Cystic Fibrosis Patients

 A new inhalable drug therapy developed by an Austin startup, Savara Inc., could improve the lives of thousands of cystic fibrosis patients. If it wins Food and Drug Administration approval, the antibiotic powder called AeroVanc might help an estimated one-fourth of those who have the incurable disease, which causes progressive lung damage. They have few options to rid their lungs of a drug-resistant bacterium. 

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Texas A&M Profs' Wave Height Models Could Mean Smoother Sailing For Ships

Texas Business reports:  GALVESTON, Texas—1 Just as truck drivers want to know about road conditions and airline pilots are concerned with foggy skies, ship captains have an urgent need to know about wave heights – as do surfers and others who spend time on the seas and shores. 

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Chemist Wins Japan Prize (50 Million Yen) for Innovative Semiconductor Materials | aust_txbz, Research, C. Grant Willson, chemistry, Cockrell School of Engineering, College of Natural Sciences, computer science, semiconductor, technology
Chemist Wins Japan Prize (50 Million Yen) for Innovative Semiconductor Materials

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—C. Grant Willson, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, has won the Japan Prize, an international award similar to the Nobel Prize, for his development of a process that is now used to manufacture nearly all of the microprocessors and memory chips in the world.


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Flat boron by the numbers | hou_txbz, boron, Boris Yakobson,
Flat boron by the numbers

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—It would be a terrible thing if laboratories striving to grow graphene from carbon atoms kept winding up with big pesky diamonds. 

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