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OSU professor develops a better anti-depressant
March 2010

nexttest2Oregon State University professor Jim White was deconstructing Cymbalta, a popular anti-depressant, when he discovered a hole in its molecular skeleton. White saw that as his opening for creating a new, more effective anti-depressant.

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Portable flash sensor simplifies disease detection
February 2010

thumbprintPortland State University physics professor Raj Solanki says his portable flash sensor can analyze a blood sample in under one minute.

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Bot detector targets cheaters
January 2010

GoblinWu-chang Feng has a solution to a problem that irks producers and players of “massively multiplayer online” games (MMOs) such as World of Warcraft.

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Next: Nostril filters
December 2009

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Life stinks, so La Grande inventor David Foggia decided to develop the Undetectable Nasal Insert (UNI). Approved by the FDA in 2007 as a non-medical device, Foggia says this odor-killing device is as simple as it is effective.
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Next: Ink-jet fuel systems
November 2009

DSCN4755What do ink-jet printers, chainsaws and jet engines have in common? More than you would think, if Chris Harris has his way.

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Next: Pesky business
October 2009

FlyFarmers have new intelligence in the war on bugs, thanks to Oregon State University researchers who have discovered that insect resistance to pesticides is apparently time-sensitive.

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Next: A mobile tripod
September 2009

NextPortland photographer Joanne Denzer was planning a trip to Belize but didn’t want to lug a cumbersome camera tripod into the rainforest with her. Denzer’s need to stabilize her camera along with a desire to travel light and still shoot steady eventually led to the Body Camera Mount.

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Next: Help on wheels
August 2009
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It was the pesky slope in Dr. Nick Benton’s back yard that spawned his wind-up wheelbarrow. “I just thought if I could get a little help going up this hill it would be great,” says the Corvallis-based head and neck surgeon.

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Next: The micro payment
July 2009

nextPeople were buzzing about Portland-based Contenture’s “anti-ad network” even before the company explained what it was.

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Next: Water from waste
June 2009

NextWaterUniversity of Oregon chemistry professor Darren Johnson and Portland-based Crystal Clear Technologies are developing a water filter that will cleanse dangerous industrial waste water while at the same time harvest the valuable metals trapped in the water.

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Next: a stronger wood
May 2009

Next poplarIn the world of structural building materials, poplar trees are about as useful as toothpicks; their weak, low-density wood is quick to snap under excess weight.

 

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