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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 ...

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