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Scalable Energy Storage: Beyond Lithium Ion

Recorded from a live broadcast on Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Watch the replay here (if the recorded replay has ended, select the presentation you would like to watch from the OnDemand section):

Agenda (click on title to view replay in new window):
Opening Remarks, Josephine Cheng, IBM Fellow and Vice President Almaden Research Center and Why Energy Storage Matters, Winfried Wilcke, IBM, Conference Chairman

Energy, Emissions, and Transportation: A Look into the Future, Burton Richter, Stanford, Nobel Laureate

The Importance of Energy Storage in Automotive Applications, Ted Miller, Sr. Manager, Ford Research

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Inventors’ Corner: U.S. Patent # 7,551,787- Adaptive compression quality

Having a full memory card in your digital camera usually means deleting photos you’ve previously taken to make room for new image files. This patented invention allows you to retain the memories you’ve captured without having to delete meaningful pictures to accommodate additional photos. When your camera’s storage fills to a predetermined threshold, previously captured images are compressed, and in some cases recompressed, to a lower quality to make room for additional digital photographs.

IBM inventor Laurence V. Marks, based in Raleigh, NC, earned a patent for this invention, which allows people to capture more photos and memories by fully optimizing their camera’s compression.


Live video now from the White House on Health Care with IBM’s Paul Grundy

Today at 2 p.m. Eastern, the White House will continue its ongoing series of health care discussions from key stakeholders in the debate on health care reform. The focus will be on different models for primary care. IBM’s Paul Grundy and Dan Pelino will be participating in the discussion. Readers of this blog know Paul has been a strong advocate for primary care reform. You can watch the video live below.



Former IBM researcher returns safely from space

Canadian astronaut Julie Payette returned safely from space on July 31 after completing her second mission in the NASA space shuttle program. The space shuttle Endeavour safely landed at Florida's Kennedy Space Center at 16:48 CET on July 31, 2009, in near perfect weather conditions.

On this 16 day flight of the space shuttle Endeavour, Julie was both the flight engineer of the spacecraft, as well as the mission specialist in charge of operating the main robotic arm during the spacewalks around the International Space Station.

Julie, a Montreal native, worked in 1991 as a Visiting Scientist in the Communications Science Department of IBM Research – Zurich. Trained as a computer scientist, she had worked as a system engineer with IBM Canada from 1986 to 1988. Several long-time Zurich Lab staffers recall Julie as being very bright, energetic, and clear in her opinions and goals. She was very popular with her colleagues.

In June 1992, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) selected Julie from 5,330 applicants to become one of four astronauts. She was Chief Astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency from 2000 to 2007. Her first visit to space took place in 1999 when she flew on STS-96 and logged over 465 hours in flight.

She is a trained pilot, speaks six languages, and is married with two children.


U.S. Patent #7544546 - Formation of carbon and semiconductor nanomaterials using molecular assemblies

Carbon nanomaterials have long demonstrated great promise in enabling dramatically improved circuits and data storage devices. This patented invention describes a process that can be used to selectively position nanomaterials, e.g., carbon nanotubes or semiconductor nanowires, using an assembly of molecular precursors attached to a select substrate surface. By relying on various chemical interactions, the molecular precursors self-assemble on the selected surface. Exemplary surfaces on which to selectively grow carbon or semiconductor nanomaterials include device surfaces such as an electrode surface used in field-effect transistors, light emitting diodes, photovoltaic devices and sensors.

IBM inventors, Ali Afzali-Ardakani, Cherie R. Kagan and Laura L. Kosbar, earned a patent for this invention, which has the potential to greatly facilitate the incorporation of carbon nanotubes or semiconductor nanowires into real world electronics.