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2018 R&D 100 Awards Winners Announced

The winners of the 56th annual R&D 100 Awards—an international competition that recognizes the 100 most exceptional innovations in science and technology from the past year—were revealed Friday, Nov. 16, during a black-tie awards ceremony held at Waldorf Astoria Orlando in Orlando, Florida. The R&D 100 Awards have long been considered the most globally prestigious recognition of invention and ...

The R&D 100 Conference Concludes With Unique New Events, Insightful Discussions

The final section of 2018 R&D 100 Conference will conclude Friday, Nov. 16, featuring the unique “Tech Match Sprint” event, as well as insights on mentoring new entrepreneurs and evaluating R&D initiatives.

The two-day conference takes place at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando in Orlando, Florida. The 2018 R&D 100 Awards Gala—where the 2018 R&D 100 Awardees will be announced—will take ...

R&D 100 Conference Day Two: Understanding How to Identify, Grow and Sustain Innovation

The second day of the 2018 R&D 100 Conference—held Nov. 15 and 16 the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando, FL—will begin with a focus on how to identify and keep pace with up-and-coming innovations and how to best budget R&D efforts to make sure that your innovations come to life.

The anticipated R&D 100 Awards gala event—where the winners of the ...

R&D 100 Conference: How to Successfully Scout for Innovation

How do companies know what is innovative?  What deserves investment? How should companies identify which direction to move in so they utilize their resources in the most productive way?

Scott Kirsner—the co-founder and editor of Innovation Leader, a research firm for executives in R&D focusing on innovation, strategy and new product development—is hoping to help answers all of these questions ...

Creator of New Report Explains Why Innovation is a Key Measurement of Company Success

We all value innovative ideas—whether they are incorporated into the technology we use, the cars we drive, the stores we shop in, or the restaurants we eat at.

But how can the innovation of one company be compared to another? How can companies really quantify how truly ‘innovative’ their customers think they are?

One group is working to provide these ...

Expert Explains the Potential of AI in Drug Discovery, Healthcare

Since it first began in 1950 with Alan Turing, the movement to imitate human intelligence in machines has expanded greatly. Today artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to help select precise treatments for individual patients and develop new and better practices in drug discovery. 

Matthew Clark, PhD, Director of Scientific Services at Elsevier, said that by tapping into AI ...

3D Cell Cultures Emerging as a New Tool for Pharmaceutical, Biotech Companies

Researchers have long known that 2D cell culture models are effective in the process of drug discovery and development because they are easy to use and establish compatibility with high throughput screening techniques. Recently, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies have adopted 3D cell culture models and tools due to the growing body of evidence that shows better correlation of these systems ...

Innovative Lab Design Fosters Collaboration Between Industry, Academia

Partnerships between major research universities and private industry leaders are becoming increasingly important. Interaction between students, faculty and industry is essential in an evolving economy.

Collaborative spaces are one great way to foster this interaction

That was the goal of the newly designed Aerospace Engineering Science Building (AES) at the Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver). The AES represents ...

R&D 100 Awards: Become Part of the Legacy

A lot has changed in the past 55 years.

In 1963, a miniaturized TV camerapolacolor color film, a data log digital printer, and a low-profile antennawere among some of the year’s most groundbreaking innovations, each going on to make a significant impact in the years and decades to come.

These innovations—along with many other groundbreaking products introduced ...

Sensor Can Instantly Detect Gunshots, ID Weapons During School Shootings

With multiple school shootings occurring in recent months—including on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, on May 18 in Santa Fe, TX and on May 28 in Noblesville, Indiana—arguments over gun restrictions are once again dividing policy makers and the public.  

But there is one possible option for reducing school shooting fatalities that won’t require waiting on compromises between parties ...

R&D 100 Awards Deadline Extended

Were you planning on entering the R&D 100 Awards but ran out of time to finish an application?

Did you just now learn about this prestigious awards program, which has honored the top 100 innovations in research and development since 1963?

Either way you’re in luck—since the R&D 100 Awards application deadline has been extended until July 2, 2018.

“With ...

New 3D Printing Process Creates Magnets with No Rare Earth Waste, Greater Design Flexibility

A new 3D printing method to produce permanent magnets, may result in substantially less wasted materials, while giving manufacturers far more design shape and size options.

Using a process called Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM), researchers from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have fabricated isotropic, near-net-shape, neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) bonded magnets with no size or shape limitations, no rare earth ...

IBM Q Leader on the Potential of Quantum Computing and How Everyone Can Now Try it at Home

Even for advanced programmers, quantum computing—which is based on the principles of quantum mechanics—is not an easy concept to wrap your head around.

So much in fact, that even Albert Einstein was skeptical of the theory of quantum mechanics for years, said Robert Sutor, PhD, vice president of IBM Q Strategy and Ecosystem, IBM Research.

“One of the two properties ...

New Technology Uses Machine Learning to Find Small Leaks in Oil Pipelines

While large oil leaks are obvious environmental problems that cost millions of dollars to fix, smaller leaks, which are often overlooked, also pose a problem. Small leaks—defined as leaks that make up less than 1 percent of the flow volume that is traveling through the pipeline per day—can still make a significant impact, said Maria Araujo, the R&D manager at ...

Novel Software Platform Can Predict Space Weather

In the near-Earth environment—where thousands of civilian and military satellites and other instruments are currently located—space weather poses a significant risk.

Radiation belts can affect satellite operation. Particles and currents from the magnetosphere can heat the upper atmosphere, resulting in satellite drag that can change the obits of low-altitude satellites. Dynamic occurrences in the magnetosphere can influence the ionosphere, which ...

Ice Blaster Could Revolutionize Industrial Cleaning

Refineries, large marinas and industrial plants could soon forgo the costly and dangerous use of dry ice blasting for cleaning operations.

The IceStorm90—an industrial cleaning machine that uses crushed ice cubes as a blast media—can clean large industrial complexes using a tenth of the water required for pressure washers, and without needing to use dry ice, sand,  or any chemicals ...

Digital Copilot Technology Makes Single-Pilot Flights Safer

Studies show that single-pilot flights are more dangerous than two-pilot flights, mainly due to an increased workload associated with flying solo and the lack of a second pilot to crosscheck decisions.

General aviation pilots tend to rely on hard copy charts and books for information on airport and runway data, navigation and communication frequencies, as well as hard copy checklists ...

Innovation Enables Safe, Flame Retardant-Free Foam for Bedding and Furniture

Flexible polyurethane foams are widely used to create cushioning materials in bedding and furniture.

However, the foam requires the addition of styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) copolymer polyols to increase its load bearing properties—a practice that also increase the material’s flammability.

To use these materials and still meet federal fire safety regulations, high levels of halogenated flame retardants are needed to prevent ignition ...

Scientists Create Less Toxic, Greener Rubberized Running Surfaces

Walkways, running tracks and playgrounds are commonplace in schools and public spaces all over the world, but the surfaces can be littered with harmful materials.

Most all-weather synthetic track and field, playgrounds and walkways are created from two-part polyurethane (PU) and silane-PU based adhesive technology. However, these traditional materials often come with a significant amount of organic solvents, processing additives ...

NASA-Designed System Offers Environmentally-Friendly, Controlled Rock Splitting

A NASA invention initially intended for use in space is poised to make a big impact here on Earth.

The technology—known as the Shape Memory Alloy Rock Splitters (SMARS) system—provides an environmentally-friendly method for splitting apart rock formations in a controlled manner without the use of explosives or hydraulics. SMARS—a 2017 R&D 100 Award winner—has applications in hydraulic fracturing ...

New Electricity-Generating Backpack Lightens the Load on Soldiers

Most soldiers carry a heavy burden in the field, including an 80-pound backpack filled with essential supplies and tools.

If that’s not heavy enough, soldiers often carry an additional 20 to 30 pounds in backup batteries to power their radios and other necessary electronics.

However, a new innovation offers a solution.

Lighting Pack—a 2017 R&D 100 Award Winner—is able ...

Novel Reusable Sponge Could Revolutionize Ocean Oil Spill Cleanup

In April of 2010, the oil-drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank off the Gulf of Mexico. Over the course of 87 days, an estimated 200 million gallons of oil spilled into the ocean, resulting in the largest oil spill in the history of marine oil drilling operations, according to the EPA. Controlled burns of the oil were conducted in ...

Quantifying Risks for Geologic Carbon Storage Sites

Geologic systems are inherently variable and often poorly characterized, and the scarcity of appropriate data make it difficult to know with certainty how a system will respond to large-scale perturbation from human activity, such as resource extraction, fluid injection and storage activities.

Within the National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL) Geological & Environmental Systems (GES) directorate, researchers investigate critical behavior of ...

R&D Magazine Announces 2017 Scientist of the Year

Dr. Cori Bargmann. Photo courtesy of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Dr. Cori Bargmann. Photo courtesy of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

 

R&D Magazine is proud to announce the 2017 Scientist of the Year—Dr. Cori Bargmann, president of science for the groundbreaking Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), and a prominent neuroscientist. 

This year marks the 52nd annual Scientist of the Year Award, which recognizes career accomplishments in scientific research and ...

The 2017 R&D 100 Conference Convenes in Orlando

The R&D 100 Awards have served as the most prestigious innovations awards program in research and development for the past 55 years, honoring pioneers in science and technology. In 2015, the R&D 100 Conference was launched as an educational event that both celebrates the historic R&D 100 Awards and provides an educational opportunity that is unique for the R&D community ...

R&D 100 Conference Day 2: Innovate the Way You Innovate!

Forget everything you’ve ever learned about innovation and invention. According to Stephen Shapiro, the brain is not created for innovation, but rather for survival.

“Don’t think outside the box, find a better box,” said the hall-of-fame speaker while delivering the second keynote on Thursday, Day 2 of the second annual R&D 100 Conference in Washington, D.C.

Shapiro said ...

R&D 100 Special Report: Moon Shot Unicorns Waiting to be Tapped

According to Rosemarie Truman, there are more than 150,000 federally funded inventions available for further development and commercialization at universities, hospitals, federal labs and other research institutions, but many of them don’t make it into the marketplace.

Some of these inventions are highly promising and could produce new drugs or launch new markets.

Statistically, 1.28 percent or 1 ...