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EnCana unveils smaller Deep Panuke project
27 October, 2006
EnCana Corp. hopes to avoid formal public hearings as it proceeds with a scaled-back version of its original Deep Panuke offshore natural gas project. The Calgary-based company shelved development of the gas field, about 250 kilometres southeast of Halifax, three years ago, saying it was too costly to proceed at the time.
New York school to benefit from hydrogen fuel cell power supply
26 October, 2006
A New York State school is to establish its own fuel cell power source on its grounds in an effort to save on energy costs and educate students on new energy technology.
Proton motor delivers fuel cell hybrid bus to the city of Barth
25 October, 2006
Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH last week delivered one of the first Zero Emission Buses with Fuel Cell Hybrid Technology to the City of Barth (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), which will in turn take ownership of the bus.
General Motors unveils most technologically advanced fuel cell car
24 October, 2006
Major car manufacturer General Motors today unveiled what it claims is a road version of 'the most technologically advanced automobile ever built', featuring an advance fuel cell propulsion system.
New World Trade Centre to incorporate fuel cell power
23 October, 2006
New York governor George Pataki has announced a new package of energy measures to be incorporated into the designs for the new World Trade Centre development, including fuel cell power generation.
State of the Tech: The best 300-tonners in stock
22 October, 2006
It is generally agreed among molding machine suppliers that the most popular size of injection press sold to U.S. molders is a 300-ton machine. And according to the data in IMM
Better molded parts through optimum mold cooling
22 October, 2006
Robert Beard of Robert A. Beard & Assoc. Inc. (Kenosha, WI) has seen firsthand the changes the plastics industry is undergoing, and the pain this is causing processors and mold manufacturers alike. In his observation, 80% of the surviving molding companies have taken over the business of the 20% that didn't survive, and now that 20% is going to China. Resin is typically 40% of a molder's cost, and we all know what's happening to resin pricing. For processors to capture and retain work for U.S. plants, increase productivity, and optimize resin usage while reducing costs requires thinking outside the typical moldmaking box.
Auto makers see future in hybrid, diesel engines
22 October, 2006
Sustained consumer interest in cars that use alternative energy sources, such as hybrid and diesel engines, will largely depend on US gasoline prices remaining high, auto industry executives said at the Reuters Autos Summit in Detroit this week.
Study acquits sun of climate change, blames humans
22 October, 2006
The sun's energy output has barely varied over the past 1,000 years, raising chances that global warming has human rather than celestial causes, a study showed on Wednesday.
Wind power begins to flow for Kansas City power & light
22 October, 2006
Kansas City Power & Light, a subsidiary of Great Plains Energy, announced its Spearville Wind Energy Facility is fully operational. The site's 67 wind turbines are capable of producing 100.5 megawatts of electricity. That is enough clean, renewable electricity to serve the annual energy needs of approximately 33,000 homes.
High Tech's the name; higher tech's the game
21 October, 2006
This laser lens holder for a Philips CD player is complex . . . . . . but this lens holder for a DVD player is more complex and smaller . . . . . . so Engel
Almanac: The state of automation
21 October, 2006
A beam-mounted pin marker for date coding and other marking requirements increases robot utilization, all within the existing molding cycle. Automation has been the next big thing in molding for several years, but it wasn
Velcro molded on a wheel
21 October, 2006
The mold for continuous injection molding of Velcro hooks consists of several dozen thin plates mounted on a wheel. Thanks to purpose-designed Velcro fasteners, a field crew can perform ceramic-composite armoring of military vehicles.
Robots are designed for welding and measuring
21 October, 2006
Robots speed and accuracy will allow manufacturers to increases cost-effectiveness of a welding cell by reducing scrap in applications such as laser cutting, welding and measuring.
Flouting traditional central drying pays off
20 October, 2006
Each of the 21 injection machines serviced by this JIT material handling system can access any of 50 materials. North American Lighting
Smarter molders buy smart pumps
20 October, 2006
Energy-efficient Unigy pumping system retrofits at Injex Industries, an automotive molder in Hayward, CA, save Injex about $105/day in energy costs on two of its 950-tonners. Above is the Mitsubishi, and pictured below that is the company
Vertical IM design helps automate overmolding
20 October, 2006
The Engel production cell at ZIMK overmolds complex and delicate metal parts and does full inspection unattended. Overmolding
Faster, better, more: Multimolding takes off
20 October, 2006
A standout multimolding project, the Tide Kick (called Arial in Europe) detergent applicator consists of a top and bottom, both PP overmolded with TPE. They are molded inline with one another on two presses, then snapfit together with a roller ball and layer packed. A system from Hekuma automates every step in the process.
IMM's Plant Tour: A Texas transplant
19 October, 2006
Precision ;INSERT molding and the precision injection molding of gears and other small technical parts have been family traditions the Sholtis family has brought to the Borderland, according to Charles A. Sholtis, PMT
A growing number of injection molding machine suppliers
19 October, 2006
They can demonstrate their ability to provide custom-built manufacturing cells to a captive and, hopefully, captivated audience. Open house events also are used in a more traditional way, to celebrate the opening of a new facility. All generally showcase working equipment displays and informative technical presentations.
Sputtered single-use silverware
19 October, 2006
Natural nano files nanocomposite patent for wide range of uses in polymers and plastics industries
19 October, 2006
NaturalNano, Inc., a nanotechnology and materials science company that commercializes naturally occurring nanotubes, today announced that it has filed a U.S. patent application for advances in the production of nanocomposites in the polymers and plastics industry.
Federal microArray quality control study
18 October, 2006
The FDA-led MicroArray Quality Control project findings announced show that microarray gene expression data from the commercial platforms tested in the study show high degrees of correlation. The results, published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Biotechnology, indicates that scientists have the ability to choose a gene expression platform based on value, ease of use and quality of content, with little to no legacy data concerns.
GMO testing vital for SADC
18 October, 2006
Twenty-six scientists from Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Swaziland, Namibia and Zimbabwe attended a four-day Sadc GMO testing training course at the Tobacco Research Board centre at Kutsaga in Harare, which was jointly run by the TRB and the University of Zimbabwe.
UC Santa Barbara and Intel develop world's first hybrid silicon laser
18 October, 2006
Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Intel Corporation have built the world
Productivity advances resulting from the technology revolution are reshaping global competition
18 October, 2006
U.S. manufacturing technology consumption in May grew to $319.40 million, according to data compiled by the Association of Manufacturing Technology and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association. The total was up 21.4% from April and up 29.7% from the total of $246.27 million reported for May 2005.
Bacteria commonly exchange genetic information by the horizontal transfer of conjugative plasmids
17 October, 2006
Bacteria commonly exchange genetic information by the horizontal transfer of conjugative plasmids. In gram-negative conjugation, a relaxase enzyme is absolutely required to prepare plasmid DNA for transit into the recipient via a type IV secretion system.
Like a 1950's Detroit automaker, it appears that nature prefers to build its proteins around a solid
17 October, 2006
A new study combining advanced computational modeling and cutting-edge experiments by molecular biologists at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine suggests that the most stable parts of a protein are also the parts that fold first.
Molecular medicine comes to the rescue
17 October, 2006
Lilly Jaffe, a six-year-old North Shore suburban girl who had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was one month old, checked into the Clinical Research Center at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She checked out, starting to make her own insulin, well on her way to insulin independence and ready to get in a few days of beach time in Michigan before starting first grade.
The hmuQ and hmuD genes from Bradyrhizobium japonicum encode heme-degrading enzymes
17 October, 2006
Utilization of heme by bacteria as a nutritional iron source involves the transport of exogenous heme, followed by cleavage of the heme macrocycle to release iron. Bradyrhizobium japonicum can use heme as an iron source, but no heme-degrading oxygenase has been described.
What is a genetically modified organism?
16 October, 2006
A genetically modified organism is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using techniques in genetics generally known as recombinant DNA technology. Recombinant DNA technology is the ability to combine DNA molecules from different sources into the one molecule in a test tube. Thus, the abilities or the phenotype of the organism, or the proteins it produces, can be altered through the modification of its genes.
Biologists probe the machinery of cellular protein factories
16 October, 2006
Proteins of all sizes and shapes do most of the work in living cells, and the DNA sequences in genes spell out the instructions for making those proteins. The crucial job of reading the genetic instructions and synthesizing the specified proteins is carried out by ribosomes, tiny protein factories humming away inside the cells of all living things.
Allocating HIV drugs to South African cities would prevent the greatest number of infections
16 October, 2006
The most effective way to control the AIDS pandemic in hard-hit South Africa would be to concentrate the allocation of scarce antiretroviral drugs in urban areas. This, however, would not be the most ethical approach, according to an innovative new study from the UCLA AIDS Institute.
Modeling the movement of electrons at the molecular scale
16 October, 2006
Finding more efficient ways of storing and using energy requires scientists to first look at the particles that set these fundamental processes in motion the electrons. Controlling the movement of electrons through individual molecules could allow for the development of new technologies such as small-scale circuits to be used for a variety of applications including improved solar cells.
Transcriptional profiling of bacillus anthracis life cycle in vitro & an implied model
15 October, 2006
The life cycle of Bacillus anthracis includes both vegetative and endospore morphologies which alternate based on nutrient availability, and there is considerable evidence indicating that the ability of this organism to cause anthrax depends on its ability to progress through this life cycle in a regulated manner.
Pseudomonas syringae HrpJ Is a Type III secreted protein that is required for plant pathogenesis
15 October, 2006
The bacterial plant pathogen Pseudomonas syringae requires a type III protein secretion system to cause disease. The P. syringae TTSS is encoded by the hrp-hrc gene cluster. One of the genes within this cluster, hrpJ, encodes a protein with weak similarity to YopN, a type III secreted protein from the animal pathogenic Yersinia species.
Plastics researchers design polymer macromolecules as gene transfer agents
15 October, 2006
Gene therapy depends upon foreign DNA, even viruses, to deliver genes, therapeutic proteins, or medicine to cells within the body. Many scientists are looking for better chaperones across the cell membrane. Virginia Tech researchers think polymer molecules can be created to do the job.
Forms RNAi collaboration with academic research leaders
15 October, 2006
Sigma-Aldrich, a leading $1.7 billion life science company and member of The RNAi consortium, is pleased to welcome researchers from The Wistar Institute, Mayo Clinic, Tufts University, Princeton University, the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego, and Washington University in St. Louis to the Sigma RNAi Partnership Program.
Transposon mutagenesis identifies genes associated with mycoplasma pneumoniae gliding motility
14 October, 2006
The wall-less prokaryote Mycoplasma pneumoniae, a common cause of chronic respiratory tract infections in humans, is considered to be among the smallest and simplest known cells capable of self-replication, yet it has a complex architecture with a novel cytoskeleton and a differentiated terminal organelle that function in adherence, cell division, and gliding motility.
Two genes encoding new carotenoid-modifying enzymes in green sulfur bacterium chlorobium tepidum
14 October, 2006
The green sulfur bacterium Chlorobium tepidum produces chlorobactene as its primary carotenoid. Small amounts of chlorobactene are hydroxylated by the enzyme CrtC and then glucosylated and acylated to produce chlorobactene glucoside laurate.
Critical gaps cited in evidence for how best to treat children's behavioral & mental health problems
14 October, 2006
Limited access to services for children and adolescents with behavioral problems or mental illness often leads to inadequate care and treatment based on insufficient scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness, concludes a report by the American Psychological Association released today.
Distinguishing friend from foe in the battle against cancer
14 October, 2006
The latest generation of cancer chemotherapeutic drugs specifically targets mutant enzymes or 'oncoproteins' that have run amok and now promote uncontrolled cell growth. As promising as these drugs are, cancer cells with their backs against the wall have the tendency to fight back. A major goal of cancer research is to frustrate these acts of cellular desperation.
Spleen may be target of successful therapy for lupus
13 October, 2006
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have found clues that might lead to better treatment of lupus, showing that the spleen is the likely source of cells that are the origin of the disease. Michael Karin, Ph.D., professor pharmacology in UCSD's Laboratory of Gene Regulation and Signal Transduction, led the study to be published on line September 14 in advance of publication in the September issue of the journal Immunity.
New investigations into B-modulated regulatory pathways
13 October, 2006
The commonly used Staphylococcus aureus laboratory strain 8325-4 bears a naturally occurring 11-bp deletion in the B-regulating phosphatase rsbU. We have previously published a report (M. J. Horsburgh, J. L. Aish, I. J. White, L. Shaw, J. K. Lithgow, and S. J. Foster, J. Bacteriol. 184:5457-5467, 2002) on restoring the rsbU deletion, producing a B-functional 8325-4 derivative, SH1000.
Identification of a novel galactosyl transferase involved in biosynthesis of the mycobacterial cell wall
13 October, 2006
The possibility of the Rv3782 protein of Mycobacterium tuberculosis being a putative galactosyl transferase (GalTr) implicated in galactan synthesis arose from its similarity to the known GalTr Rv3808c, its classification as a nucleotide sugar-requiring inverting glycosyltransferase (GT-2 family), and its location within the 'possible arabinogalactan biosynthetic gene cluster' of M. tuberculosis.
Researchers image molecular motor structural changes
13 October, 2006
An international team of researchers has shed new light on how tiny molecular motors that transport materials within cells generate the energy that powers their movements.
Characteristic features in structure & collagen-binding ability of a thermophilic collagenolytic protease
12 October, 2006
A collagen-degrading thermophile, Geobacillus collagenovorans MO-1, extracellularly produces a collagenolytic protease with a large molecular mass. Complete nucleotide sequencing of this gene after gene cloning revealed that the collagenolytic protease is a member of the subtilisin family of serine proteases and consists of a signal sequence for secretion, a prosequence for maturation, a catalytic region, 14 direct repeats of 20 amino acids at the C terminus, and a region with unknown function intervening between the catalytic region and the numerous repeats.
Nerve regeneration: Cyclopeptides imitate structure & effect of carbohydrate from natural killer cells
12 October, 2006
Carbohydrates play an important role in a broad spectrum of physiological as well as pathological processes. For example, polysaccharides on the surface of tumor cells or pathogens are possible points of attack for therapeutic drugs or vaccinations.
Novel mechanism of protein processing found
12 October, 2006
Understanding medical research problems often relies on the direct, linear relationship between the sequence of a protein and the DNA encoding that protein. In fact, colinearity of DNA and protein sequences is thought to be a fundamental feature of the universal genetic code.
Molecule helps cells plug leaks following lung injury
12 October, 2006
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have identified a molecule that plays a critical role in the recovery of lung tissue following severe injury.
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