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Face to face - in realistic 3D
Computing experts at Cardiff University, UK, are developing a super-realistic animation system that simulates the movements of a face, based on speech. The team in the School of Computer Science has developed highly advanced software which is continually learning the facial dynamics associated with a speaker and applying this knowledge to synthesize realistic facial animations. (2005-03-14)

Workshop in Kathmandu on space technology for sustainable development in mountain areas
Starting today in Kathmandu, Nepal, ESA and the Governments of Austria and Switzerland and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) are holding a five-day Workshop on Remote Sensing in the Service of Sustainable Development in Mountain Areas. (2004-11-15)

Nanoscale chemical sensors
New types of chemical sensors for environmental monitoring, food safety or security applications could be based on nanotechnology. (2004-08-23)

VIB presents its annual results at BIO2004 in San Francisco
Every year, the international biotech community gathers together, which this year boasts 20,000 participants. VIB (the Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology) is coordinating the Belgian delegation, where it will present its newly published annual results. These latest results from 2003; with the large number of major research breakthroughs, 30 patent applications, and almost 50 agreements with industry ; clearly position VIB among the top in the world. (2004-06-03)

American Film Institute to hold screenwriting workshop for scientists and engineers
The American Film Institute is accepting applications from scientists and engineers to participate in a workshop to learn about writing for movies and television. Focusing on the craft and practice of screenwriting, Catalyst Workshop: Communicating Science and Engineering will be held July 17 and 18, 2004, at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. (2004-05-20)

Industrial biotechnology and bioprocessing meeting set for April 21-23
The first world congress on biotechnology and bioprocessing will be held April 21-23 in Orlando, Fla. Organized by the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, the Biotechnology Industry Organization and the National Agriculture Biotechnology Council, the meeting will examine the connection between biotechnology, chemistry and agriculture. It also will focus on novel applications of industrial biotechnology. (2004-04-15)

Prospects brighten for future superconductor power cables
NIST research reported in the Nov. 17 issue of Applied Physics Letters suggests that next-generation, high-temperature superconductor wire can withstand more mechanical strain than originally thought. As a result, superconductor power cables employing this future wire may be used for transmission grid applications. (2003-11-21)

ZARM Drop Tower becomes ESA External Facility
The European Space Agency is to declare the (2003-09-26)

Nanomedicine: Grounds for optimism and a call for papers
'Nanomedicine is a discipline whose time has come', states this week's editorial. (2003-08-28)

UCLA chemists report new method for producing carbon nanoscrolls, an alternative to nanotubes
UCLA chemists report a room-temperature chemical method for producing a new form of carbon called carbon nanoscrolls, which have significant advantages over nanotubes. (2003-03-05)

Symposium highlights industrial-strength math
The numerous uses of numbers in a variety of industrial settings will be examined at (2003-02-17)

UC Riverside scientists synthesize new porous materials
UC Riverside scientists have synthesized a large family of semiconducting porous materials that have an unprecedented and diverse chemical composition. The new materials show several different properties such as photoluminescence, ion exchange, and gas sorption. They also have a large surface area and uniform pore sizes. The synthetic approach has the potential to generate new materials with even larger pore sizes, the scientists report in Science. (2003-02-07)

New protocol speeds up Internet resource sharing
A Penn State researcher has developed a faster method for more efficient sharing of widely distributed Internet resources such as Web services, databases and high performance computers. (2003-01-29)

Is remote sensing the answer to today's agriculture problems?
Today's wheat growers face many economic and environmental challenges, but arguably their greatest challenge is the efficient use of nitrogen-based fertilizer. Growers need to apply nitrogen-based fertilizer in sufficient quantities to achieve the highest possible crop yields without over-applying - a situation that could lead to serious environmental effects. To assist wheat growers, scientists at North Carolina State University recently developed a technique to properly time nitrogen fertilizer applications. The technique? Remote sensing. (2003-01-15)

Society of Nuclear Medicine hosts Mid-Winter Educational Meeting
The Society of Nuclear Medicine will open its annual Mid-Winter Educational Symposium on January 25-26, 2003, at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida. The symposium will host nuclear medicine physicians, radiologists, cardiologists, oncologists, neurologists, technologists, scientists, pharmacists, industry leaders, and members of the press involved and interested in current and emerging technical and clinical applications of nuclear medicine. (2002-12-20)

Bias still exists but adoption is a viable option for homosexuals
Discrimination based on sexual orientation still exists, but many adoption agencies are open to placing children with gay and lesbian parents, according to researchers at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. (2002-11-13)

New technique transmits data at 2.8 gigabits per second
A test conducted by two Chicago computer scientists to push trans-Atlantic high-speed data transmission has resulted in a new top speed of 2.8 gigabits (billion bits) per second. The researchers, from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, have developed a novel technique called Photonic Data Services (PDS) to send gigabyte amounts of data at speeds more than 500 times faster than the standard protocol now used to send data over the Internet. (2002-10-08)

Department of Energy recognizes Jefferson Lab's tech transfer program
The Department of Energy selected Jefferson Lab as having the best Small Business Technology Transfer program for 2001. The technology transfer award recognizes a DOE prime contractor that has excelled in its efforts to transfer its scientific technology to small businesses in developing practical applications for the commercial market. Jefferson Lab's technology transfer program was specifically cited for encouraging small businesses, woman-owned businesses, and small disadvantaged businesses to participate in cooperative research and development agreements. (2002-08-12)

20th Anniversary Conference of the International Humic Substances Society (IHSS)
Hundreds of scientists from around the globe will gather on the campus of Northeastern University from July 21 - 26 for the 20th Anniversary Conference of the International Humic Substances Society. The biennial conference returns to the United States twenty years after the first conferences in Colorado in 1983. The conference will be followed by the Humic Substances Seminar VI, a series of lectures by top researchers on the practical applications of such substances, on July 27. (2002-07-09)

UCLA researchers create fast, inexpensive organic memory device
Researchers at the UCLA School of Engineering have created an organic, nonvolatile memory device that is cheaper and faster than those currently in use. (2002-06-15)

In Nature, UB team reports infrared to visible upconverted stimulated emission
A team of University at Buffalo researchers reports in the current issue of Nature the first observation of a phenomenon called stimulated emission by direct three-photon excitation, which occurs when three photons of lower energy are simultaneously absorbed to reach a higher energy state. (2002-02-13)

Mini motor could change the shape of micromedical applications
While the age of nanobots is not with us yet, a tiny, inexpensive motor with simple circuitry and easy manufacture, may become the motive force in micromedical applications in the near future, according to a Penn State engineer. The smallest of these ultrasonic, piezoelectric motors developed by researchers at Penn State's Materials Research Institute is about the size of a grain of rice. (2001-11-07)

Whitaker Foundation to phase out grant programs
The Whitaker Foundation, which has invested more than $575 million in biomedical engineering education and research, has begun phasing out its grant programs to coincide with its planned closing in 2006. (2001-10-16)

University of Cincinnati and Air Force use algal enzyme to create new silicon-based materials
Scientists and engineers from the University of Cincinnati and the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, OH report in the Sept. 20 Nature that they have used an algal enzyme to synthesize novel materials with potentially wide-ranging photonic applications. (2001-09-19)

AFAR announces 189 new grants for aging research totalling $10 million
The American Federation for Aging Research Announces the awarding of 189 New Grants for Aging Research, totalling nearly $10 million. These new grants will fund research into Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and other age- related diseases and conditions. (2001-06-28)

New environmental management and life cycle technologies for the shipbuilding industry
The University of New Orleans recently licensed two technologies developed in the College of Engineering to a Louisiana-based software development firm. These two software applications (focusing on environmental management and life cycle costing) will be available to the shipbuilders and repair yards. (2001-06-06)

Polymer full of holes -- But good for photonics?
Scientists developing photonic devices for optical and electronic applications may get a boost from a new process for (2001-04-05)

ACS launches two new journals in nanotechnology and crystallography
Experts in the areas of nanoscience and technology and crystallography, A. Paul Alivisatos, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, editor-in-chief of Nano Letters and Robin Rodgers, Ph.D., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and editor-in-chief of Crystal Growth & Design, discuss their publications and the state of science and technology within their respective fields. (2000-11-27)

NYU chemist develops molecule with switchable chirality
A New York University team led by chemist James W. Canary has developed a molecule with switchable chirality. This nano- mechanical motion induces the molecule to reverse the differential absorbtion of circular polarized light. The research could have applications in molecular computing and other nanotechnology. (2000-05-25)

DFG presents the results of the reviewer elections
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has announced the results of its reviewer elections: 88,000 entitled scientists have elected 650 reviewers in 189 special fields. (2000-03-28)

DFG invites applications for Communicator Award
For the first time the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has invited applications for a highly endowed personal award for scientists who have done an excellent job in presenting the results of their scientific work to the public. The Communicator Award is endowed with DM 100,000, funded by the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany. (1999-11-02)

New high performance network applications program awards grants to IU researchers
A new high-performance network applications program at Indiana University is supporting research that will enable remote astronomical observation and collaborative musical (1999-10-17)

Lasers see red
The first room-temperature operation of an interband III-V laser diode emitting at a wavelength beyond three microns was demonstrated recently at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. (1999-10-06)

A picture worth a thousand megabytes
A new system will allow high-speed visualization of three- dimensional data at a fraction of the cost of supercomputers. (1999-07-01)

The Next Plastic
A new class of materials based on metal foams promises to be as revolutionary as plastic was in the 1970s (1999-02-01)

New Materials Show Promise For Coatings, Membranes, Drug Delivery
Purdue University researchers have developed a new class of materials that has a wide variety of potential applications, from a coating to repel liquids to a membrane that could be used in wastewater treatment and drug delivery. Information on the new materials will be presented March 16 at the American Society meeting. (1998-03-16)

Timber Supplement From Paper And Plastic
A supplement for timber could come from old telephone books and plastic milk containers. (1998-01-28)

NSF Agreement Will Help Researchers Make The Most Of High Performance Network
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $2 million over 30 months to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign to help university users with high performance networking applications. (1998-01-21)

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