Archive:January, 2012

January 31st, 2012

Google Science Fair 2012

By Marina Kalpouzos | Comments (0)
Test tubes

Google is inviting students aged 13-18 to put their inquisitive nature to the test and pose their most pressing questions about the world around them and answer them with a scientific approach.

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January 30th, 2012

Bio-Energy Boom Creating ChE Jobs in New Mexico

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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Located in the heart of the revitalized oil-rich Permian Basin, just five miles from west Texas, dusty and dry Hobbs, New Mexico, has always been considered the “Oil Capitol of New Mexico.” It became a boom town in 1928 after it’s first 700 barrel a day gusher. Having survived several boom-and-bust […]

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January 27th, 2012

Free Catalyst App Ready to Download

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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Physicist Jens Hummelshøj, pictured with his iPhone, working with fellow researchers at the SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis, at Stanford, and has developed an app that displays reaction and activation energies on catalytic metal surfaces, while quickly predicting how fast and completely the catalyzed reaction will proceed.

Click here to […]

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January 26th, 2012

Register for AIChE’s Online Career Fair

By Michelle Sasson | Comments (0)
Online chemical engineer career fair

Register today for AIChE’s Online Career Fair and begin to search through job postings and apply for positions now, before the online event takes place on March 20-21, 2012.

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January 26th, 2012

Stem-Cell Therapy Eye Treatment Proves Safe

By Douglas Clark | Comments (1)
Eye Closeup

Good news for stem-cell therapy: a paper reports that two subjects in a clinical trial have each safely received injections of embryonic stem cells into an eye.

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January 25th, 2012

Biochemical Engineering Innovator George Huber Announces Latest Breakthrough

By Kent Harrington | Comments (4)
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Huber’s research team can take wood, grasses, or any other renewable biomass and create five of the six petrochemicals that serve as the building blocks for the chemical industry. And he’s just made another major breakthrough.

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January 24th, 2012

2012 AIChE Spring Meeting & 8th Global Congress on Process Safety

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Spring2012

The AIChE Spring Meeting is the year’s key technical conference for practicing chemical engineers. A wide range of subjects relevant to the current needs of industry is covered. Plus, the Global Congress on Process Safety covers the critical needs of process safety practitioners.

Early Bird Registration Ends February 13!

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January 24th, 2012

Advanced X-Ray Jump Starts Drug Design

By Kent Harrington | Comments (0)
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The anti-cancer drug Zelboraf (vemurafenib) recently received FDA approval, but it was front page news when the drug, designed to disrupt malignant melanoma, was so successful that human trials were halted so all of the patients could be moved to the new medicine.

Much of  the drug’s research took place at the […]

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January 23rd, 2012

How Hungry Microbes Cleaned Up the Gulf Oil Spill

By Kent Harrington | Comments (3)
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Professors David Valentine and Igor Mezic have  developed a new computer model that demonstrates the roles of underwater topography, currents and bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico led to the disappearance of the methane and other chemicals that had spewed from the well after it erupted on April 20, 2010.

When […]

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January 20th, 2012

Cubelets—Modular, Robotic Good Times

By John Vasko | Comments (0)
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Cubelets are a robotic construction kit according to the company that created them, Modular Robotics. Modular Robotics has put together a good video (viewable in the panel to the right) explaining how cubelets work.

What’s curious about the video is that Modular Robotics uses a “Dutch Mountain Man” to explain cubelets. It’s quite well done, actually, and somewhat funny. But I started to think about how peculiar this was, mostly because there are no mountains in the Netherlands to speak of.

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