Enhancing Profitability of Small- Holder Private Land Tree Plantation Through Value Chain Analysis

submitted by: UP Los Baños

Documentation of the Guillermo Ponce Professorial Chair Lecture on "Enhancing Profitability of Small- Holder Private Land Tree Plantation Through Value Chain Analysis" delivered by Dr. Antonio P. Carandang, Associate Professor, College of Forestry and Natural Resources
UPLB, College, Laguna on February 21, 2013.

Adoption of Good Agricultural Practices in the Philippines: Are mango and banana farmers ready?

submitted by: UP Los Baños

Documentation of the lecture on "Adoption of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in the Philippines: Are mango and banana farmers ready?" by Dr. Agnes T. Banzon Associate Professor, Department of Agribusiness Management, College of Economics and Management, UP Los Baños on February 19, 2013 at the SEARCA Drilon Hall, UPLB, College, Laguna.

Approaches to Evaluating and Improving Lithium-Ion Battery Safety

submitted by: RASEIBoulder
As lithium-ion battery technologies mature, the size and energy of these systems continues to increase for emerging applications in transportation, grid storage, military use and aerospace. In fact, broadening the application space for lithium-ion batteries from the consumer electronics industries to these emerging markets increases their size from 1-50 Wh batteries for smart phones and laptops to >50 kWh for electric vehicles (EVs) and MWh scale for utility storage systems. As these...

The Promise of Lean in Healthcare

submitted by: WentzMR

Dr. John Toussaint, Internist and CEO emeritus of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value in Appleton, WI, discusses his article co-authored with Leonard Berry and appearing in the January 2013 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, where he introduces the “lean” methodology in healthcare and explains how to implement it.
Available at: http://tinyurl.com/ag2zoh6

Making Most of the Absorbed Photon: New Insights into Carrier Multiplication in Semiconductor Nanostructures

submitted by: RASEIBoulder
Carrier multiplication (CM) or multiexciton generation (MEG) is a process whereby absorption of a single photon produces multiple electron-hole pairs (excitons). CM could benefit a number of solar-energy conversion technologies, most notably photocatalysis and photovoltaics. This presentation overviews recent progress in understanding of the CM process in semiconductor nanocrystals, motivated by an outstanding challenge in this field - the lack of capability to quickly discern between...

Systems as the Driver for Synthetic Biology

submitted by: RASEIBoulder
We now possess the ability to read and write DNA. These tools are not only revolutionizing biotechnology but also the basic life sciences as well. The challenge is that we are still learning the grammar. In other words, we often do not know which genetic perturbations to make in order to alter the behavior of an organism. As a result, synthetic biology still involves much trial and error. Moreover, we are still far from the point where we can engineer new organisms from scratch – rather,...