Thursday, March 31, 2011

Nano cladding on nuclear rods -- would it have helped in Japan?

Last July, the US Department of Energy made a $900,000 award to a researcher to investigate nano cladding on nuclear rods.

IEEE Spectrum recently issued an article, suggesting that, if the nano cladding had been in place in Japan, perhaps it "might have helped avoid leakage when the rods were temporarily exposed."  You can read the article here:

Nanotechnology is going to continue to change our lives in ways we can't imagine right now, and it this could be yet another example.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Why is the number of US public companies declining?

According to an article in CFO magazine (you can find it here: ), there are fewer public companies in the US because "the markets have become inhospitable to smaller private companies looking to raise less than $50 million."  This is due to many factors, such as Sarbanes-Oxley and new order handling rules.

The Small Company Capital Formation Act of 2011, sponsored by Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), is designed raise the cap on Regulation A capital raises from $5 million to $50 million.  This would be a step in the right direction, as it would offset some of the costs of being public.

However, it's not a cure-all.  We need a completely new public market model that makes the reporting requirements and costs less onerous on the smaller companies.  We have some ideas along these lines, and we'd like to hear your ideas as well.

(Thanks to Mike Miller of CFO 911 Solutions for forwarding the article)