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Fwd: MEMS Express from MNX

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MEMS business

I-Micronews - MEMS : NeoPhotonics doubles capacity of narrow ...
NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE: NPTN), a leading designer and manufacturer of photonic integrated circuit, or PIC, based modules and subsystems for bandwidth-intensive, high speed communications networks, ...
today - MEMS business
thumbnailOPTRA introduces Risley prism pairs for fast steering laser beams to laser ...
Typical beam steering applications include: laser pointers and designators, obstacle avoidance systems, free space optical communications, laser micromachining, and laser trepanning. Typical beam steerer specifications are: steering range is 120 degree ...
yesterday Industrial Laser Solutions Magazine - MEMS business
Research and Markets: France Patient Monitoring Market Outlook to 2017 - Fetal ...
Market size and company share data for Patient Monitoring market categories - Fetal Monitors, Micro-Electromechanical Systems, Multiparameter Patient Monitoring, Neonatal Monitors, Non-Invasive Blood Pressure Monitors, Patient Monitoring Accessories ...
today Benzinga (press release) - MEMS business
TSMC latest developments on TSV and Silicon Interposer. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) organized the TSMC 2011 Japan Technology Symposium and a press conference Nov 28, 2011, in Japan. ...
today - MEMS business
I-Micronews - MEMS : Analog Devices' MEMS accelerometers help ...
ADI's ADXL346 3-axis digital MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) accelerometer was selected by Full Flight Technology for use in the company's flagship Velocitip Ballistic System, which is the first ever to use an ...
today - MEMS business
Brazil Starts a Chip Industry
Brazil began trying to foster a semiconductor industry in 2007 with several measures, such as the National Microelectronic Program, which offered semiconductor firms tax breaks and other incentives. But the effort was to little effect. ...
yesterday IEEE Spectrum - MEMS business
Micron to tap IBM chip-stacking tech for fast memory « News Hub ...
November 29, 2011. Through-silicon via (TSV) technology is used to stack memory on top of a controller chip ('logic layer'). The on-chip controller is the key to delivering the performance boost. Via. Hybrid Memory Cube chip that will be ...
NewsHubToday today - MEMS business
PC's Semiconductors Blog: Applied Materials announces atomic ...
SEMATECH Forum promotes 3D interconnect standards ... Mindspeed gives Mitsubishi Electric gateways super... Analog Devices high performance signal processing ... TowerJazz Reference Design Flow 2.0 fully qualifie. ...
Pradeep Chakraborty today - MEMS business
thumbnailMicron to tap IBM chip-stacking tech for fast memory
by Brooke Crothers November 29, 2011 10:33 AM PST Follow @mbrookec Through-silicon via (TSV) technology is used to stack memory on top of a controller chip ('logic layer'). The on-chip controller is the key to delivering the performance boost. ...
today CNET - MEMS business
Leica Microsystems acquires Labindia's microscopy and histopathology divisions
Leica Microsystems has announced that it has acquired the microscopy and histopathology business of Labindia Instruments Pvt. Ltd., a leading solutions and service provider in India. This transition comes after more than 20 years during which Labindia ...
yesterday MTBeurope - MEMS business


A few Small Issues about Public Engagement on Nanotechnology ...
A guest blog by Craig Cormick. Over the past decade there has been a significant growth in public engagement activities relating to nanotechnology and when you look across all the data being generated you can learn a lot ...
Andrew Maynard today - Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology, Animal Models, and Medicine
One possible solution to antibiotic resistance is the use of nanotechnology in the form of nanomachines to chew up the bacteria in order to kill bacteria, as presumably the bacteria would not adapt to resist the technology. Katie Drummond writing in ...
yesterday Opposing Views - Nanotechnology
Researchers Analyze Methods that Allow Synthetic Molecular Machines to Work at ...
The University of Maine's Dean Astumian stated that all nanoscale machines are experiencing persistent collision with the surrounding molecules, causing thermal noise. Effort to reduce thermal noise effects to obtain accurately controlled machines by ...
yesterday - Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology: Another revolution in the making
CHENNAI: Nanotechnology seems to be the way of the future, and every field is focusing on research and development in their respective streams. The latest in the city is the inauguration of a nanotechnology centre in one of the universities. ...
yesterday - Nanotechnology
thumbnailGraphene earns its stripes: New nanoscale electronic state discovered on ...
Credit: KA Rahnejat Researchers from the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) have discovered electronic stripes, called 'charge density waves', on the surface of the graphene sheets that make up a graphitic superconductor. ...
today - Nanotechnology
thumbnailA fast nanotechnology platform to detect/capture bacteria in clinical samples
Wang and his team point out that their findings are a major step towards the development of a high-speed and -sensitivity nanotechnology platform that has high potential to capture/detect bacteria in clinical or environmental samples. ...
today Nanowerk LLC - Nanotechnology
thumbnailTiny silicon nanowire generator harnesses energy from heat produced in ...
Navab Singh and co-workers at the A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics and the National University of Singapore1 have now created a nanoscale thermoelectric generator (TEG) using silicon nanowire arrays. Silicon, which is compatible with the base ...
today - Nanotechnology
thumbnailThe "White Hat" Status of Nanotechnology
To say that I am ambivalent about the usefulness--or, better put, the point--of public engagement in the development of nanotechnology would be putting it mildly. It seems that I had better get use to them because they are spreading like wildfire in ...
yesterday IEEE Spectrum - Nanotechnology
thumbnailGraphene foam detects gas leaks, explosives, trumps terorrists
Basically, graphene is a nanomaterial – it's just one atom thick; it's one of the tiniest things that humans can create and manipulate — but it eagerly forms into macroscopic dimensions. Studies have regularly shown that nanomaterials (tubes, wires, ...
yesterday ExtremeTech - Nanotechnology

Nanotech business

Accelrys' Materials Studio Makes Big Impact with "Small" Science
Materials Studio 6.0 has extended Accelrys' leadership in predictive materials science through the NanoTechnology Consortium and the European Commission's FP7 NanoInterface Project. A unique collaboration between Accelrys and partners in industry and ...
today MarketWatch (press release) - Nanotech business
Graphene Technologies develops production scale graphene manufacturing
Graphene is a promising nanomaterial with potential applications in semiconductors, electronics, displays, energy storage and transmission, photovoltaics, advanced plastics and structural materials, including composites. "We are very pleased to have ...
yesterday High Performance Composites - Nanotech business

Featured Publication

Academic and industrial research scientists and engineers, as well as students working in micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), commonly encounter a steep learning curve when developing common MEMS fabrication processes. A fundamental, comprehensive MEMS-focused reference book just published by Springer promises to be an important game-changing asset for the field.

The handbook is co-edited by Reza Ghodssi, Director of the Institute for Systems Research and Herbert Rabin Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, Md.; and Pinyen Lin, Chief Technologist and Vice President of Business Development, Touch Micro-System Technology Corp. Taoyuan, Taiwan. It features 35 international contributing authors who are MEMS leaders in academic, industrial and government laboratory settings.

The final chapter on Process Integration was written by MNX founder and director Dr. Michael Huff.

Event Calendar

3-D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packaging
2011-12-12 - 2011-12-14
Burlingame, California
Today's Manufacturing Advances, Tomorrow's Impact and Opportunity
3-D Architectures for Semiconductor Integration and Packaging
2012 Consumer Electronics Association - MEMS TechZone
2012-01-10 - 2012-01-13
Las Vegas NV
MEMS has an official home at CES
2012 Consumer Electronics Association - MEMS TechZone
SPIE Photonics West 2012
2012-01-21 - 2012-01-26
San Francisco CA
The world's leading photonics, laser, and biomedical optics conference
Visit MNX at this event.
SPIE Photonics West 2012
2012-01-29 - 2012-02-02
Paris, France
Focus on Strategies for Reducing Time and Cost of MEMS Testing
2012-03-07 - 2012-03-08
Rosemont (Chicago) IL
MEMS Executive Congress 2012
Zurich, Switzerland
MEMS Industry Group event co-located with Smart Systems Integration
MEMS Executive Congress 2012
MicroManufacturing and NanoManufacturing
2012-03-28 - 2012-03-29
Boston, MA
The Power of Connecting. Your Next Customer is Here!
MicroManufacturing and NanoManufacturing
Hilton Head Workshop 2012
2012-06-03 - 2012-06-07
Hilton Head Island, SC
A Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Workshop
Visit MNX at this event.
Hilton Head Workshop 2012
Sensors Expo & Conference 2012
2012-06-06 - 2012-06-07
Rosemont (Chicago) IL
Providing over 25 Years of Technical Innovation & Thought Leadership
Sensors Expo & Conference 2012
2012-06-18 - 2012-06-20
Bremen, Germany
International Conference and Exhibition on New Actuators and Drive Systems
TechConnect World Summit & Innovation Showcase
2012-06-18 - 2012-06-21
Santa Clara CA
Increase your Innovation Pipeline!
TechConnect World Summit & Innovation Showcase
SEMICON West 2012
2012-07-10 - 2012-07-12
San Francisco CA
Connect to Buyers, Grow your Business!
SEMICON West 2012

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Fwd: Support BioBricks & OpenWetWare by Dec. 31

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Date: Nov 29, 2011 3:22 PM
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Help us raise $50,000 by Dec. 31, 2011 - support the work of the BioBricks Foundation & OpenWetWare
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BioBricks Foundation: Biotechnology in the public interest

Dear Friends of the BioBricks Foundation,

The BioBricks Foundation (BBF) is a public-benefit organization dedicated to advancing synthetic biology (SynBio) to benefit all people and the planet. We work to create a sustainable future by standardizing biological parts that are safe, ethical, cost effective and publicly accessible. Your enthusiastic involvement in the SynBio community and the work of the BBF makes a crucial difference.

The BBF is a young organization that has produced results. This year, we successfully created the first-in-the-world BioBrick™ Public Agreement (BPA), a legal tool that enables the free exchange and use of standard biological parts. BIOFAB, our first professional research collaboration, has produced reliable, standardized biological parts that constitute a free operating system for biotechnology. In addition, the BBF also manages OpenWetWare (OWW), an open-source wiki that facilitates teaching, learning, and sharing of data for 9,000 researchers through a culture of collaboration and open science. That's not all. Just this past June, the BBF successfully organized SB 5.0, an inspiring 3-day global conference in SynBio with the participation of over 70 international speakers and 730 attendees from over 25 countries.

With 2012 approaching, the BBF plans to do even more to support and connect our SynBio community, promoting the effectiveness of OWW, creating new educational programs, and much more. We need your help to make these goals a reality.

Donate NowTo support this exciting work, the BBF has launched a fundraising campaign to raise $50K by December 31, 2011. Thanks to a generous donor, we've already raised $8K toward our goal. That leaves just $42K to go!

Your gift of $10, $20, $50, $100, or any amount will have a big impact. With your help, the BBF will have resources to conduct such activities as launching OWW2.0, providing scholarships to young researchers for SB 6.0, hosting workshops on exciting themes, and launching initiatives to unite global BIOFABs and create a road map for the field of SynBio. The time to give is now. Make a secure, online donation to the BBF today.

We live in a world with limited natural resources. Striving to build a sustainable world is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. SynBio may hold the key to our future. The BBF fills a unique need in this field, educating, building community, creating legal tools, and fostering cooperation. Please act now by making a personal financial gift to support the BBF.

We'll let you know our progress in meeting our campaign goal. Thank you so much for your support.


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Fwd: [MCM] The People's Library lives on! (Please donate!)

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Date: Nov 29, 2011 11:25 AM
Subject: [MCM] The People&apos;s Library lives on! (Please donate!)
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Before Bloomberg had the NYPD trash it, I gave the People's Library 16 copies of my Fooled Again—all my remaining hardcovers—and six of my Cruel and Unusual. Whether they survived the Säuberung I don't know.

In any case, it's great news that the Library's still there—and still growing its collection with donated volumes. If you want to give them anything, go to, and find the CONTRIBUTE tab.


The People's Library of Occupy Wall Street Lives On

November 22, 2011 

The People's Library at Zuccotti Park—a collection of more than 5,000 donated books of every genre and subject, all free for the taking—was created not only to serve the Occupy Wall Street protesters; it was meant to provide knowledge and reading pleasure for the wider public as well, including residents of Lower Manhattan. It was also a library to the world at large, since many visitors to the park stopped by the library to browse our collection, to donate books of their own and to take books for themselves.

At about 2:30 am on November 15, the People's Library was destroyed by the NYPD, acting on the authority of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. With no advance notice, an army of police in riot gear raided the park, seized everything in it and threw it all into garbage trucks and dumpsters. Despite Mayor Bloomberg's Twitter promise that the library was safely stored and could be retrieved, only about 1,100 books were recovered, and some of those are in unreadable condition. Four library laptops were also destroyed, as well as all the bookshelves, storage bins, stamps and cataloging supplies and the large tent that housed the library.

For the past six weeks I have been living and working as a librarian in the People's Library, camping out on the ground next to it. I'm an English professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and I've chosen to spend my sabbatical at Occupy Wall Street to participate in the movement and to build and maintain the collection of books at the People's Library. I love books—reading them, writing in them, arranging them, holding them, even smelling them. I also love having access to books for free. I love libraries and everything they represent. To see an entire collection of donated books, including many titles I would have liked to read, thoughtlessly ransacked and destroyed by the forces of law and order was one of the most disturbing experiences of my life. My students in Pittsburgh struggle to afford to buy the books they need for their courses. Our extensive collection of scholarly books and journals alone would have sufficed to provide reading materials for dozens of college classrooms. With public libraries around the country fighting to survive in the face of budget cuts, layoffs and closings, the People's Library has served as a model of what a public library can be: operated for the people and by the people.

During the raid, Stephen Boyer, a poet, friend and OWS librarian, read poems from the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology (see aloud directly into the faces of riot police. As they pushed us away from the park with shields, fists, billy clubs and tear gas, I stood next to Stephen and watched while he yelled poetry at the top of his lungs into the oncoming army of riot police. Then, something incredible happened. Several of the police leaned in closer to hear the poetry. They lifted their helmet shields slightly to catch the words Stephen was shouting out to them, even while their fellow cops continued to stampede us. The next day, an officer who was guarding the entrance to Zuccotti Park told Stephen how touched he was by the poetry, how moved he was to see that we cared enough about words and books that we would risk violent treatment and arrest just to defend our love of books and the wisdom they contain.

At 6 pm on November 15, a group of writers and supporters of the People's Library appeared at the reopened park carrying books, and within minutes we received around 200 donations. All night and into the next day folks stopped by to donate to and take from the collection. Because the new rules of the park forbid us from lying down or leaving anything there, Stephen and I stayed up all night to protect the books until other librarians came to take over for us. Frustrated and exhausted, but still exhilarated and eager to maintain the momentum of the movement, we kept the People's Library open all day in the pouring rain, storing books in Ziploc baggies to keep them dry.

Then at 7:30 pm on November 16, the People's Library was again raided and thrown in the trash—this time by a combination of police and Brookfield Properties' sanitation team. The NYPD first barricaded the library by lining up in front of it, forming an impenetrable wall of cops. An officer then announced through a bullhorn that we should come and collect our books, or they would be confiscated and removed. Seconds later, they began dumping books into trash bins that they had wheeled into the park for that purpose. As they were throwing out the books, a fellow OWS librarian asked one of the NYPD patrolmen why they were doing this. His answer: "I don't know."

Five minutes after it started, the raid was over and the People's Library's collection was once again sitting in a pile of garbage. Yet just as the trash bins were being carted off, a man stepped out of the crowd with a book in his hand to donate to us: Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem. We joyously accepted and cataloged it, placing it on display under a new sign for the library that we made right then on a blank sheet of paper. A true people's library, after all, doesn't depend on any particular number of books, since it's ultimately about the way those books are collected and lent out to the public.

We're still accepting donations and lending books just as we always have, but we've reorganized ourselves somewhat. We now have three mobile units staffed by OWS librarians, which we can take anywhere we want. For the November 17 Day of Action, we made sure the People's Library was there to supply books to anyone who wanted them. All day long, OWS librarians walked among the crowds shouting, "The People's Library 3.0, mobile and in the streets!" For me, it was easily the most rewarding day in the six weeks I've been with the movement. The people we met at our mobile units—Occupiers from New York and other states, friends of the People's Library, tourists—went out of their way to express their joy that we were still here. They also struggled to articulate their feelings of loss, frustration, anger, disgust and outrage over the seizure and destruction of the library. All we could say in response was, "We're here to stay! Please take a book! They belong to you!" A group of eight OWS librarians even started a new chant: "Whose books? Your books!" It quickly caught fire with the other marchers.

Libraries are where we learn about things that are new to us. Their books broaden our perspectives, change the way we see the world and, at the most basic level, provide us with free and open access to knowledge and information. Over the two months that the People's Library has been in operation at Zuccotti Park, we librarians have come to see how vital this mission is to the enrichment of our broader society. What's more, in the course of our day-to-day work there, we had—and are still having—the best time of our lives. The library provides a space of dialogue, creativity, intellectual and cultural exchange and personal growth. When freshmen and sophomores in college ask me, "What should I be reading to understand what this movement is all about?" I see it as an opening for a great conversation. And when they come back to the library to return the books they took, I love to hear about the new horizons that the books helped to open for them.

Although we often shout, "This is what democracy looks like!" on our marches, it's also something we can say every day to those who pay a visit to the OWS library. In fact, it's something that the People's Library, by its very presence—in any location, in any form, with any number of books—is perfectly capable of saying for itself.

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