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  • Innovation During a Recession

    A five-member panel of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs describes how to invest and start companies during a recession–and why now might be the best time to bring new technologies to market.

  • The Silver Lining

    Excerpts from a panel discussion on entrepreneurship include discussions of why recessions provide disruptions that are good for startup companies and where government stimulus money fits in.

  • Nanotubes Come into Fashion

    Textiles coated with carbon nanotubes form electronic sensors that look and feel like ordinary cotton.

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  • Taking the Segway-GM Puma for a Test-Drive

    Kevin Bullis, TR’s energy reporter, gets a ride in a prototype vehicle called Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility (P.U.M.A) at the New York Auto show. The vehicle is meant to transform urban transportation.

  • Fixing Lungs Outside the Body

    A pair of lungs breathes outside the body with the aid of a device codeveloped by the Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network, and Vitrolife. Prior to transplant, lungs can be preserved, assessed, and genetically repaired for up to 12 hours using the XVIVO system, according to researchers.

  • Energy and Climate Bill Advances

    As legislators discuss major new legislation for moving the United States away from its dependence on fossil fuels, Daniel Yergin, chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, reflects on lessons that can be learned from previous shifts in energy use. Yergin recently released a new edition of his Pulitzer Prize–winning book, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power.

  • Harnessing Direct Solar Power for Propulsion

    A UC Berkeley researcher uses a magnifying glass to focus sunlight onto a small plastic boat. Nanotubes at one end of the boat absorb the sun’s heat, propelling the boat through the water. The second video shows a rotor that works on the same principle. A similar design could be used to make simple solar-powered pumps.

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