Archive for June, 2005

Japanese robot guards to patrol shops, offices – Yahoo! News

June 24, 2005

Japanese robot guards to patrol shops, offices – Yahoo! News: “TOKYO (Reuters) – Burglars beware, robot guards are here.

In an idea straight out of science fiction, robots could soon begin patrolling Japanese offices, shopping malls and banks to keep them safe from intruders. Equipped with a camera and sensors, the ‘Guardrobo D1,’ developed by Japanese security firm Sohgo Security Services Co., is designed to patrol along pre-programmed paths and keep an eye out for signs of trouble.”

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And you thought Protedyne was bad…

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Nanotech advances need more safety screening-study – Yahoo! News

June 15, 2005

Nanotech advances need more safety screening-study – Yahoo! News: “NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nanotechnology, an engineering science that holds hope for scores of new products and processes, is not being properly evaluated for human and environmental risks, a study released this week has found.

The rapidly evolving science, which involves scores of start-ups, corporations and universities seeking to engineer materials on a molecular level, carries both actual and perceived environmental, health and safety (EHS) risks.

But without a full and continuing assessment of those risks, the nascent industry expected to employ thousands of people and generate billions of dollars in revenue may be hobbled by public opposition or corporate mishaps, a study by investment house Lux Research concludes.”

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Nanotech, lots of good and bad potential there.

‘Super’ bacteria live on sheets, fingernails: study – Yahoo! News

June 6, 2005

‘Super’ bacteria live on sheets, fingernails: study – Yahoo! News: “WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The mutated, drug-resistant ‘superbugs’ that cause an increasing number of hospital infections and deaths can live for weeks on bed linens, computer keyboard covers and under acrylic fingernails, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.”

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Whoa. Probably caused by years of anti-bacterial soap.

Katan Associates Study Shows Long-Awaited Life Sciences Roll-Up Will Continue, as Pharma and Larger Biotechs Hustle to Fill Dwindling Pipelines

June 3, 2005

Katan Associates Study Shows Long-Awaited Life Sciences Roll-Up Will Continue, as Pharma and Larger Biotechs Hustle to Fill Dwindling Pipelines: “LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 3, 2005–Katan Associates International

Asia and European Union will continue to be fertile breeding ground for M&A transactions

Biotech-driven acquisitions will remain at the forefront of deal activity

‘Consolidation will continue among Pharma and Biotech in 2005, whether a true ‘roll-up’ occurs or not. This activity will be fueled by the need for Pharma to fill the pipeline and the need for Biotech to continue to gain critical mass,’ says Seth Yakatan, MBA, Partner, Katan Associates International. ‘While the United States has historically been the most active region for deals, Europe and Asia will provide fertile grounds for buyers, given value considerations and a strong lack of mezzanine and secondary capital providers in these markets.'”

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Interesting…

Israeli Companies Suspected of Spying – Yahoo! News

June 2, 2005

Israeli Companies Suspected of Spying – Yahoo! News: “JERUSALEM – It started out as a family feud. But a small-time computer break-in has erupted into Israel’s biggest business scandal in decades, reaching into some of the country’s powerful corporate suites and jolting the cozy world of the industrial elite.

Top Israeli blue chip companies, including a high-tech giant that trades in New York, are suspected of using illicit surveillance software to steal information from their rivals and enemies.”

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And we were all worried about the Koreans stealing biotech secrets.

Scientists Experiment With ‘Trust’ Hormone – Yahoo! News

June 2, 2005

Scientists Experiment With ‘Trust’ Hormone – Yahoo! News: “t sounds like the plot for another Batman sequel: The villain sprays Gotham City with a trust hormone and people rush to give him all their money. Banks, the stock market and even governments collapse.

Farfetched? Swiss and American scientists demonstrate in new experiments how a squirt of the hormone oxytocin stimulates trusting behavior in humans, and they acknowledge that the possibility of abuse can’t be ignored.”

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Maybe we can have potions in a modern day setting…