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Puralytics tackles water quality on global scale
February 2011
0211_SolarBagAfter taking a coveted first place at the Cleantech Open last year, Beaverton-based Puralytics, a startup that uses LED lights to purify water, is turning its focus to aiding the global water and humanitarian crisis.
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PSU prof invents Parkinson's monitor
January 2011
0111_Next01Measuring the severity of Parkinson’s disease is difficult, which leaves doctors adjusting medications by “eyeballing” symptoms. James McNames, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Portland State University, thinks a little more precision might help.
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OSU researcher attacks microbial spoiling
December 2010
1210_Next01Oregon State University food microbiologist Mark Daeschel has figured out a way to keep wine from getting funky.
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PSU prof develops law enforcement headsets
November 2010

Police gather vehicle and driver information in two problematic ways. They can either enter license plate numbers into a computer, which requires them to be inside their cruisers and distracts them while driving, or they can call a human dispatcher and wait for clear radio bands. Warren Harrison, head of Portland State University’s computer science department, decided to do something about it.

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Next: Internet detours relieve web congestion
October 2010
1010_Next01University of Oregon associate professor Reza Rejaie is developing detours on the Internet highway that may help relieve the congestion caused by streaming live content.
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Next: Cancer software
August 2010

0810_Next01MRIs have been a longstanding alternative to using painful and invasive biopsies to diagnose breast cancer. But MRIs accurately distinguish malignant from benign breast cancer tumors only 30% of the time. Charles Springer, a senior scientist at the Advanced Imaging Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University, five years ago began developing MRI software that looked past the image’s brightness to analyze how fast dye traveled out of the tumor cells.

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New dye could help police fight crime
July 2010

0710_next01Rob Strongin’s work developing chemically complex dyes has led him from cancer to crime. Strongin, a professor of chemistry at Portland State University, made the transition after the Orange County Sheriff’s Department asked him to develop a dye that could make fingerprints on bloody surfaces show up more clearly.

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Pressure is on to make data centers green
June 2010

0610_Data01Locals reacted with shock and glee when Facebook revealed in January that it would be building its first data center in humble Prineville. But the story did not stay so gleeful. Electricity generation is the leading source of carbon emissions in the U.S., and data centers are notorious power hogs.

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Wax in walls could cut heating and cooling costs
June 2010

WaxInsulationPortland State Universityhas developed a better, greener heating and cooling system for buildings: wax that absorbs and releases heat.

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Wood waste flour could create a new building material
May 2010

NEXTAn Oregon State University professor says wood waste can be turned into a “flour” that makes a composite hybrid material when mixed with thermoplastic.

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UO professor develops energy-smart awning
April 2010

NEXT-CONCEPTUniversity of Oregon professor Ihab Elzeyadi developed an awning that generates and saves enough electricity that buildings using it could potentially have zero net energy consumption.

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