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October 2013

1013 NextSodium chloride has the potential to solve a major problem in the production of silicon nanostructures.

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OHSU researchers make medicine from mollusks
May 2013

0513 NextDespite their name, shipworms are not worms but mollusks: small, clam-like creatures that cause no end of headaches for boat owners by drilling their hard shells into ship hulls, then consuming that cellulose as breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now a team of OHSU researchers, in partnership with scientists from other institutions, has discovered an upside to the hungry worm.

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OSU scientists create new purple tomato
April 2013

0413 NextTomatoes owe their red color to carotenoids, a group of fat-soluble pigments rich in antioxidants. Now scientists at Oregon State University have created a new, purple tomato — “Indigo Rose” — that owes its eggplant color to another class of nutrient-heavy pigments called “anthocyanins.”

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Next: ditch the itch
March 2013

0313 NextItchy and inflamed skin is the bane of existence for people who suffer from atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema most common in infancy that also affects millions of adults around the world. Now scientists at Oregon State University have discovered an underlying genetic cause for the condition, a discovery that may lead to more effective therapies.

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UO researchers build device to kill off parasitic infections
February 2013

0213 NextParasitic infections are a huge public health problem around the world. Now NemaMetrix, a startup out of the University of Oregon, has built a device to accelerate the development of drugs that kill off or paralyze such parasites.

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Multiple sclerosis therapy enters phase 2
January 2013

0113 GamePlan ArtielleMultiple sclerosis is an immune disorder in which the body mistakenly attacks the myelin sheath surrounding nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord.

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Transparent electronics
Nov/Dec 2012

1112 NextThe 2011 Corning Glass video sensation, A Day Made of Glass, depicted a future in which people surf the web on a glass tabletop and check the weather on a bathroom mirror.  Now engineers at Oregon State University, a pioneer in the field of transparent electronics, may be one step closer to making the Corning Glass vision a reality.

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Next: cool blue
September 2012

0912 NextOSU chemistry professor Mas Subramanian and his colleagues unexpectedly discovered a new type of blue pigment, a compound that has since been patented.

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Next: plant plastic
July/August 2012

0712 NextMaking biofuels from plants requires breaking down the plant into sugars, which then ferment into ethanol. One of the challenges with that process is what to do with lignin, the tough glue that holds the plant fibers together.

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Next: surgical safety
June 2012

0612 NextSurgeons sometimes leave things inside patients — needles, scissors, even scalpels. Those items easily show up on X-rays, allowing doctors to find and remove them. But not surgical sponges.

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Researchers develop hydrogen storage
May 2012

0512_Next_HydrogenA team at the University of Oregon has developed a new storage material for hydrogen.

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Updated: Disrupting innovation

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014
070814 thumb disputive-innovationBY LINDA BAKER  | OB EDITOR

The New Yorker recently published a sharply worded critique of “disruptive innovation,” one of the most widely cited theories in the business world today. The article raises questions about the descriptive value of disruption and innovation  — whether the terms are mere buzzwords or actually explain today's extraordinarily complex and fast changing business environment. 

Update: We caught up with Portland's Thomas Thurston, who shared his data driven take on the disruption controversy.


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The Scott Kveton affair

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014
ScottKvetonBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Scott Kveton, the CEO of Urban Airship is taking a leave of absence from the company. As the story continues to unfold, here’s our perspective on a few of the key players.


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Attack of the Robin Sages

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Monday, July 07, 2014
070714 thumb linkedinfakesBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

Named after the 2010 experiment by Thomas Ryan, "Robin Sages" are fake social media profiles designed to encourage linking and divulging valuable information.


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Oversight? Or gaming the system?

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Monday, July 14, 2014
AmazonBY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER

Some people think Amazon’s winking eye logo is starting to look like a hoodwink.


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OB Video: Dress for Success

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014
DFSOBY JESSICA RIDGWAY | OB WEB EDITOR

Dress for Success Oregon promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools.


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Trends in business succession

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Thursday, July 03, 2014
TrendsBY TED AUSTIN & MIKE BAELE | GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

The Office of Economic Analysis announced that Oregon is currently enjoying the strongest job growth since 2006. While this resurgence has been welcome, the lingering effects of the 2008 “Great Recession” continues to affect Oregon businesses, especially with regard to estate planning and business succession.


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Blips and trends in the housing market

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Thursday, June 26, 2014
062614 thumb realestateBY ERIC FRUTS | OB BLOGGER

Last year, the housing market in Oregon—and the U.S. as a whole—was blasting off. The Case-Shiller index of home prices ended the year 13% higher than at the beginning of the year. But, was last year a blip, or a trend?


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