Universities and colleges are constantly working with business and industry to undertake commercially valuable research. University World News will regularly feature a selection of these cutting edge developments in its business pages, which we hope will inspire businesses to contact researchers carrying out this beneficial work. We also want to encourage higher education institutions to work with innovative companies to create valuable new technologies and services.
Here are some of the latest developments:
* The Polytechnic University of Madrid's school of computing in Spain is developing an assessment and early warning system to prevent depletion and over-fishing of world fish stocks. The researchers are developing statistical models that enable computers to effectively interpret fish stocks data and warn regulators about conservation problems:
* Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in America have developed a device that can not only detect traces of hazardous chemicals much more quickly than current technology, it is also tiny and very portable. The sensor, created by MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories, is roughly the size of a computer mouse and uses gas chromatography and mass spectrometry to identify gas molecules by their telltale electronic signatures:
* The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Czech University of Life Sciences is working on a €2.58 million international research project investigating the design of new laminated packages – from paper to aluminium. Its aim is to develop by June 2010 new packs that extend the shelf life of food products, said a note from the Eureka research network, which is coordinating the project with Turkey's Oezbulut Gida San. Tic. Ltd:
* A €3 million international research project is to create multi-processor micro-chips able to operate key in-car systems simultaneously, boosting their speed and efficiency. The part-European Union-funded MERASA project includes: Augsburg University, Germany; the Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse; Britain's Rapita Systems Ltd; Honeywell in the Czech Republic; and the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre. The multi-processor chips could speed anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and optimise fuel consumption controls, for instance:
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