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Webster University To
Enhance Learning with iTunes U
Webster University is releasing educational material via iTunes U, a content distribution system that makes audio and video content from lectures, interviews, audio books and more, available to students online for free.
Users can download the content to their Mac or PC, transfer the information to their iPod or MP3 player.
Initially, offerings include the School of Business and TechnologyÕs "Success to Signif-icance" speakers series, author interviews from the school's BizTalk Book Club, and select speeches. Plans are to include faculty lectures, guest teaching appearances and events from Webster and its five colleges and campuses worldwide.
Akermin’s Biofuel Cell Prototype Available for Testing
Akermin Inc. has developed the prototype of a biofuel cell that provides higher energy density at a lower cost than batteries
and traditional direct methanol fuel cells. Renewable organic
fuels are converted into electricity by a process which is inherently more efficient than conventional methods of portable power
generation. Operating on methanol, this prototype delivers longer device runtime.
This prototype serves to demonstrate the viability of biofuel cell technology and delivers 3-volt and up to 1 watt pulse demand capability. The cell is approximately the size of two D-cell batteries. Akermin is developing units of 3 to 5 watts.
Asoyia Secures Venture Capital
from Prolog, LSP
Asoyia has finalized an agreement with Prolog and another venture capital firm, securing $4 million to expand marketing, research and development of its ULTRA low linolenic, trans fat-free soybean products. Asoyia is developing soybean oils with a
high level of stability and zero trans fats.
St. Louis-based Prolog Ventures led the round and was joined by LSP (Life Science Partners) of Boston.
Iowa-based Asoyia's soybeans keep the oil fresh and shelf-stable for two to three times longer than conventional oils, thus eliminating the need for hydrogenation, which creates trans fat. The FDA began requiring trans fat labeling on all packaged foods in 2006,
fueling the food industry's demand for a viable non-hydrogenated oil alternative.