• Infographic: Properties and Side Effects of Artificial Preservatives

    In a previous article entitled, Why preservatives are bad for your health, we presented scientific evidence that linked two well-known preservatives to obesity and gut disease. Here, we highlight some of the most common artificial preservatives used within the food and beverage industry and illustrate the di .. ... READ MORE

    By: Vasambal Manikkam
  • The shift toward bioplastics: Insights from Lego and current opportunities

    As a major step towards the goal of using fully sustainable materials in all its products by 2030, Lego has announced that by the end of 2018, under 2% of Lego bricks will be made from sugarcane-based polyethylene as opposed to oil-based plastic. As published in Scien .. ... READ MORE

    By: Daniel Morales
  • Top 8 IoT trends in 2018

    Internet of Things or IoT has been a buzzword for many years, with IoT adoption growing rapidly in recent years. According to Futurum, 13.8% of surveyed organizations adopted IoT in their organizations, 54% had somewhat started th .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ekaterina Novoseltseva
  • The wave of tidal energy is on the rise with these innovations and projects

    Oceans cover over two thirds of our planet’s surface. The energy contained in the oceans has tremendous potential, including in the form of waves and tides. These sources have an estimated 337 GW. New technologies and projects represent a significant opportunity for renewable energy development in several countries. ... READ MORE

    By: Emanuele Quaranta
  • Metabolomics: A potential tool for more personalized medicine

    The past decade has seen remarkable advances in the fields of early disease detection and personalized medicine. These advances have been made possible by “omics” technologies that have facilitated a better understanding of biological processes and associatio .. ... READ MORE

    By: Brett Moreau
  • How will GDPR enforcement impact your business?

    In the wake of growing concerns about the theft and misuse of big data and personal information, the European Union (EU) has passed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforcing the right to personal data protec .. ... READ MORE

    By: K. Gopi
  • Amazon’s new patent: Drones that recharge your EV while you’re driving

    Charging infrastructure for electric vehicles has been growing in dense urban areas such as in California, but most of the rest of the U.S. still has a limited amount. A mobile, mid-drive recharge offers an exciting way around having to search for a charger while on your getaway road trip. Even in cities, there is the possibility of getting stuck in traffic on low battery. But if you’ve got a line up of friendly neighborhood drones to top you .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sooraj Raj
  • How pharma and medtech collaborations fuel progress

    Collaboration between medical device and pharmaceutical companies is one of the ... READ MORE

    By: Marta Kubala
  • How AI is changing the future of how we handle the flu

    On February 28th, 2018 the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) released a strategic plan to develop a universal influenza vaccine ... READ MORE

    By: KarryAnne Belanger
  • Meet the Inventor of the Nuclear Waste-Powered Diamond Battery

    In December, we reported on the "diamond battery", an artificial diamond that can convert gamma rays given off by nuclear waste into electricity. PreScouter Global Scholar, Nicole Percy, recently spoke to one of its creators, Dr. Tom Scott, University of Bristol Professor of Materials: Geochemistry and Metallurgy of Uranium. Dr. Scott gave us an in-depth look at his team's research and the progress a .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • Microplastics in bottled water: There is a problem but what’s the solution?

    The World Health Organization (WHO) launches a review after microplastics have been found in over 90% of the world’s most popular bottled water brands. Scientists at the State University of New York Fredonia (SUNY Fredonia) in collaboration with .. ... READ MORE

    By: K. Gopi
  • Will these solar sidewalk panels open new frontiers in solar energy?

    As the cost of solar panels continues to decline, people and companies who want to make use of this renewable resource face a new challenge, especially in cities. In crowded areas, they have limited spaces to mount panels. Fort .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sercan Gul
  • The doctor’s office of the future: AI, big data and no wait times!

    A Silicon Valley startup launched by ex-Google and Uber employees aims to combine annual health check with artificial intelligence and big data analytics to increase patient health outcomes. Patience test: A true story Imagine your appointment at the doctor’s office for the annual health exam. The spacious waiting rooms, health motivation posters .. ... READ MORE

    By: K. Gopi
  • How Uber and Amazon are transforming the logistics industry

    The following statistics give an insight into the size and the importance of the logistics industry. The global logistics industry is worth $ 8.1 trillion and is expected to double by 2023.  ... READ MORE

    By: Molly Connell
  • The latest innovation in wood-based materials: Wood stronger than titanium!

    More and more products nowadays are made from renewable sources such as trees. From jeans made out of wood fibers to ... READ MORE

    By: Natasha Jane Chrisandina

    This is part 2 of our 3 article series on Elon Musk. Part 1 covered the early stages of Musk's life. In this article, we explore Elon Musk, the visionary: The 'why' and 'how' behind his incredible plans to make the world a better place. Since the successful launch of SpaceX's ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
  • How music streaming services are tapping into the AI vibe

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is the design, implementation and use of programs, machines, and systems that exhibit human intelligence. Furthermore, with its most important activities being knowledge representation, reasoning, and learning, AI encompasses a number of important sub-areas, which include voice recognition, imag .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rajasimha Koppula
  • The opioid crisis: What’s driving it and how to beat it

    Nearly 2 million people in the United States are addicted to prescription opioids. Addressing the opioid crisis lies in large-scale, integrated solutions, with endeavors from all relevant stakeholders—government, healthcare systems, pharmaceutical companies and non-profit organizations. The U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) ... READ MORE

    By: K. Gopi
  • Highly likely pesticide ban in EU could sting agrochemical companies

    EU’s Food Safety Authority (EFSA) evaluations support that most applications of neonicotinoid insecticides represent a significant threat to wild bees and honeybees. It is highly possible that these substances will be banned from all fields across the EU when member nations vote on this issue in late March. What are neonicotinoids? Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides chemically similar to nicotine. They act on an < .. ... READ MORE

    By: K. Gopi
  • 2018 Oscars Best Designer: NASA!

    The Oscars are one of the most anticipated (if not the most anticipated) events in the film industry. Now that it is over and we all know who won an Oscar and who didn’t, all attention turns to the fashion aspect of the event. This year was quite special, as a new designer shone through the entire event. Our apologies to Elie Saab and Versace, the gold goes to NASA this year! From telescope to troph .. ... READ MORE

    By: Mariam Jomha
  • These breakthroughs will make windows smart enough to darken in the sun and produce energy

    Many an office worker, sitting in a building with large glass windows, in the middle of a sunny day, has wished their windows would tint when it’s sunny, but stay clear when its not. Two recent announcements bring that day one step closer, while also expanding opportunities for renewable energy generation. Independent groups led by Peidong Yang< .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sooraj Raj
  • Will this be the next generation of antimicrobials?

    Antabio, a French biopharmaceutical company, is developing novel technologies to combat antibiotic resistance and address life-threatening infections. They are designing the next generation of antimicrobials by combining inhibitors against bacterial enzymes and antibiotics to improve their efficiency and defeat resistant bacteria. The rise of the superbugs: ... READ MORE

    By: Pooja Bhardwaj

    This is part 1 of our 3 article series on Elon Musk. In this article, we explore Musk's intriguing journey from South Africa to the U.S. and his first major successes as an entrepreneur. "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Most people would recognize these words uttered by Neil Armstrong when he first stepped on the moon because this was one of those milestones that pushed the known limits of h .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
  • How can we reduce the costs of filtered water production?

    The need for a healthy lifestyle has made people more health conscious, especially with respect to drinking water. Consumers particularly want filtered water, which they view as safer than tap water. However, the increasing demand for filtered water has accelerated the production of plastic bottles ... READ MORE

    By: Kishore Ravichandran
  • The coolest tech innovations used during the 2018 Winter Olympics

    The Olympics, whether they take place in the winter or the summer, are about more than just athletics. They are the perfect place for companies to show off their latest technologies - and this year’s event brought the best of the best. From robots to virtual reality cameras, here are the coolest technologies that were used during the 2018 Winter Olympics. Intel .. ... READ MORE

    By: Mariam Jomha
  • How is technology shaping the food supply chain?

    Our growing world population needs a consistent supply of food. To cope with the growing population, the world must increase agricultural production by 70%. Food supply logistics − services, information and infrastruc .. ... READ MORE

    By: Navneeta Kaul
  • CancerSEEK: A single blood test for early detection of eight cancer types

    CancerSEEK is a revolutionary blood test that could detect eight common cancers at relatively early stages. The test utilizes DNA assays and protein biomarkers to spot tumors, including five types for which there is currently no screening test. Johns Hopkins researchers and collaborators have made a ... READ MORE

    By: K. Gopi
  • Are plant stem cell-based technologies the future of anti-aging skincare?

    Humans have been using cosmetics for centuries to enhance their beauty and to promote good health. Cosmetics from the pre-modern era incorporated scented oils, ointments, beeswax, minerals and natural dyes such as henna. Perfume and cosmetics have played a .. ... READ MORE

    By: Amruta Ashtekar
  • The Best Tools to Maximize Sales Revenue from Your Existing Leads

    What tools can help automate your email outreach, find more qualified leads (like decision makers in R&D) and lead to increased sales revenue? Numerous products have been developed to increase productivity at every stage of the sales cycle. Depending on the stage of the sales cycle, there are applications and products to ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • Infographic: 10 Quick Facts About Lentein

    Lentein is a protein-rich green powder produced by Parabel. It is a “whole food concept” that has been described as the world’s most complete and sustainable food source and has gained significant interest as a nutritional supplement. Parabel recently won the  ... READ MORE

    By: PreScouter Journal
  • New device works to trap blood clots and prevent strokes

    Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide in individuals over the age of 60, with over one million cases in Europe ... READ MORE

    By: Vidhya Sivakumaran
  • What are the applications of nanocellulose in packaging?

    Have you ever wondered about the strength of steel? Well, you will be surprised to know that nanocellulose (NC) is 8 times the strength of steel. It is also known that NC is stiffer than Kevlar®. In addition to strength, nanocellulose has many properties that make it a su .. ... READ MORE

    By: Vasambal Manikkam
  • These advanced technologies are reshaping semiconductor fabs

    The semiconductor industry and the billions of products they fabricate are helping to pave the way for advanced emerging technologies like advanced analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence that are radically transforming the market. A tremendous continuous n .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • 4 Ways Sleep Deprivation Affects Work Performance

    A lack of sleep is as detrimental to your career as it is to your health. You may not realize that it’s actually severely impacting your performance at work. World Sleep Day Society relays that 46% of the world’s sleep-deprived individuals frequently miss work or commit more mistakes in the office compared to the 15% who get sufficient sleep. If you’re part of that worrying s .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jasmine Carter
  • How activated dendritic cells can boost the immune system and fight diseases

    What are dendritic cells? Dendritic cells (DCs) are an important part of the immune system, which coordinate between different types of immune responses. These responses can be: Innate, involving non-specific defense mechanisms that come into .. ... READ MORE

    By: Evangelia Vogiatzaki
  • Nanocellulose: Nano in size, tremendous in strength and endless in applications

    This article is one of two articles that will cover the potential applications of nanocellulose across industries. The next article will focus on the applications of nanocellulose in the packaging industry. What is nanocellulose? Nanocellulose (NC) is the novel form of the most ancient and natural plant-based polymer on earth, cellulose ... READ MORE

    By: Vasambal Manikkam
  • What are the latest innovations in sleep technology?

    A good night’s sleep is one of the key elements for good health. In fact, good sleep has been proven to have many health benefits, such as improving concentration and productivity, maximizing athletic performance and even decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and strokes. As many people are now sleeping less, and sleep quality has decreased as well, many companies are busy developing sleep aid technologies. Here, we go over some of t .. ... READ MORE

    By: Adnane Saoud
  • The Future of Antennas: What to Expect?

    As electronics have developed in recent years, product engineers have found ways to largely eliminate the use of antennas on most smartphones and personal electronics. Think about it – when was the last time you had to adjust the antenna on your iPad or Samsung phone in order to get better reception? Whereas previous generations knew how to manipulate an antenna in order to get better reception, millennials, teenagers, and young kids today ha .. ... READ MORE

    By: Joe Humphries
  • Infographic: How bio-inspired materials are revolutionizing industry

    Nature serves as one of life’s most creative and innovative scientists, and can sometimes provide us with examples of highly optimized and efficient systems. In our recent white paper, we covered some of the most interesting examples in this field. This infographic sums up the innovations covered. For more details, download this ... READ MORE

    By: PreScouter Journal
  • Can these turbines make hydropower more fish friendly?

    More than 52% of renewable energy comes from hydropower. However, hydropower plants can harm ecosystems, especially killing fish with their turbines. Fortunately, optimized hydraulic turbines and fish passage facilities recently entered the market, making the new generation of hydropower plants m .. ... READ MORE

    By: Emanuele Quaranta
  • A review of dental stem cells – where are we now in regards to clinical trials?

    Stem cell therapies have great potential to  cure currently untreatable diseases and to even extend lifespa .. ... READ MORE

    By: Tina Tsai
  • Non-Invasive Biosensing Companies to Look Out for in 2018

    Wearable, non-invasive biosensors combine the innovations in wearable electronics with miniaturized biosensing technology. They are typically offered in the form of small, portable objects that can be worn on the body, integrated into clothing or integrated into handheld devices. Such biosensors must be able to accurately measure analytes that are .. ... READ MORE

    By: Daniel Morales
  • Novel Microneedle Patch Could Reduce Obesity

    Singaporean researchers have developed a novel approach to reduce bulging tummy fats, providing a new route to convert calorie-storing fats into calorie-burning fats. Obesity, or storage of excess fats, is the leading cause of many diseases, includi .. ... READ MORE

    By: K. Gopi
  • What are the top 5 innovations in sugar reduction in 2017?

    One of the most prominent global phenomena in recent years is the growing conversations around sugar reductions in processed food products. Consumer attitude towards sugar and sweeteners has also drastically changed. This poses pressure on international ingredient suppliers to find alternative ways to make sweet products marketable, profitable, appe .. ... READ MORE

    By: Vasambal Manikkam
  • The Top 6 Technologies for Improving Aircraft Fuel Efficiency

    Fuel efficiency refers to how many miles an airplane can travel on one gallon of fuel.  This often gets included in discussions about global warming as well as long-term goals of containing average warming below the 2°C limit. Achievement of this limit would require deep cuts in emissions from all se .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rajasimha Koppula
  • What are the latest technologies redefining the beauty and cosmetics industry?

    In the past few years, the world has witnessed the rise of several game-changing technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR) and ... READ MORE

    By: Tanima Bose
  • Will wind power support a hydrogen economy?

    Hydrogen, an energy carrier, exists abundantly in nature. However, it is always married to other elements in the form of water, hydrocarbons and other organic compounds. For use as an industrial gas or energy carrier, people need hydrogen unattached to other elements. In 1783, Jacques Charles first used hydrogen as “energy” to lift his balloon flight. Since then, hydrogen has been used in various da .. ... READ MORE

    By: Thuy Ngo
  • How will 5G impact different industries?

    A little something about the Gs: We are living in a decade where wireless technologies have become an irreplaceable part of our daily life. It all started in the 80s with the analog technology referred to as the first generation wireless technology - 1G. The “large brick phones” had a poor battery life and a maximum speed of 2.4 Kbps. Then, 2G came in as a big leap in mobile technologies and .. ... READ MORE

    By: Abhinaya Baskaran
  • 3 reasons why Lentein is the latest innovation in the food and beverage industry

    Lentein is a protein-rich green powder produced by Parabel. It is a “whole food concept” that has been described as the world’s most complete and sustainable food source. With up to 50% of highly digestible crude protein, as well as a high profile of micronutrients such as Omega 3 and antioxidants, it has gained significant interest as a nutritional supplement. Parabel re .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • PreScouter Journal 2017 Roundup & 10 Most Read Articles

    It has been quite a year for the PreScouter Journal. Thanks to our great team and valued readers, the journal received 3 unique awards in 2017: PreScouter Journal named one of the Top 50 Innovation Websites and Blogs for Innovators & Inventors. PreScouter Journal named one of the ... READ MORE

    By: PreScouter Journal
  • Infographic: 3 Steps to Becoming a Better Technology Scout

    This infographic was adapted from a previously published article. For more information, the full article can be read here.   ... READ MORE

    By: PreScouter Journal
  • How 3D printing is revolutionizing veterinary medicine

    3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is currently impacting several industries due to its flexibility and cost saving potential allowing it to create a solid object of virtually any shape. It allows permits using a variety of starting materials that include plastic, metal, ceramic, and even living cells. ... READ MORE

    By: Sushil Paudyal
  • Neuromarketing: How neuroscience is revealing what a consumer really wants

    Since the days of snake-oil peddlers, and even long before, the art of marketing has been to reach for that secret ‘buy button’ in the mind, to tickle the subconscious into purchasing whatever it is that needs to be sold. Along came the 21st century, and with it came neuromarketing. What is this new technology, and what can we expect from it? According to the Neuromarketing Science & Business Association ... READ MORE

    By: Vincent Schoots
  • Infographic: Components of a Hybrid Nuclear-Renewable Energy System

    Hybrid nuclear-renewable energy may play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas pollution, along with increasing the efficiency and reliability of the energy supply. The following infographic shows the components that most hybrid nuclear-renewable energy systems have in common.   ... READ MORE

    By: PreScouter Journal
  • How can renewable energy technologies support the nuclear power industry?

    Compared to fossil fuel-based energy systems, nuclear, solar and wind provide much cleaner sources of energy. However, they all come with their own weakness. Both solar and wind energy need stable weather conditions for power generation. Co .. ... READ MORE

    By: Navneeta Kaul
  • PreScouter Case Study: “Clean Label” Ingredients for Flavor Enhancement

    The following is a case study report of the work that was carried out by PreScouter for a Fortune 500 client in the food manufacturing industry. About the Client: The Client, a Fortune 500 leading food manufacturer, came to PreScouter seeking information around fermentation-based flavor enhancements. The Client's interest was in response to the demands of consumers for "clean label" ingredients. Inquiry: Clean l .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • What Technologies Are Redefining Shopping this Holiday Season?

    Holiday shopping was once a straightforward process. As technology changes the world around us, simple activities like shopping are becoming simplified. Social media and online stores are having a significant and growing influence on the holiday market, year after year. The majority of us will incorporate our computers and mobile devices in the way we shop this year, in one way or another. Retailers are beginning to capitalize on this trend, ta .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jesse Bereta
  • How AI Is Redefining the Consumer Goods Industry

    Artіfісіаl intеllіgеnсе (AI) is currently taking the retail world by storm and will increasingly continue to do so. Thе mаrkеt ѕіzе оf AI ѕоftwаrе аnd ѕуѕtеmѕ is expected to reach $38 million by 2025, and the potential opportunities for interacting with customers in new and increasin .. ... READ MORE

    By: Daniel Morales
  • PreScouter Case Study: Late-Stage Technologies that Minimize Financial Risk

    The following is a case study report of the work that was carried out by PreScouter for a client in the insurance industry. About the client: The Client's organization specializes in personal and commercial property and casualty insurance. The Client was interested in supplementing standard insurance offerings with interactive tools that could allow customers to take a proactive role in evaluating, preventi .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: Babylon Health & IBM Watson Take the Lead

    A person becomes a doctor by graduating from medical school, but becomes a good doctor only after years of experience. What if we could give doctors the intuition that comes from years of experience on their first day? Several companies believe they can help every doctor achieve the same outcomes as top experts with tools powered by artificial intelligence (AI). AI is a term used for computer programs that can do things that we think of as "hum .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ben Pelcyger
  • What is personalized nutrition bringing to our plates?

    Personalized nutrition is not a new idea, but the ease of accessing it is. From websites offering assistance on social media to supplement manufacturers offering assistance to their customers, personalized nutrition is available on a variety of fronts. Tailor-made diets can be designed to help with gut health, food allergies and other dietary restrictions, as well as weight-loss goals. Personalized nutrition is the ... READ MORE

    By: Kristen Bentley
  • How will AI impact the transportation industry?

    Research into artificial intelligence (AI) has experienced a surge in the last few decades. This was built largely on pioneering results from the 60's and 70's, including the utilization of advanced neural networks (NNs). It has even taken inspiration from biological behavior for methods like fuzzy logic or genetic algorith .. ... READ MORE

    By: Anu Antony
  • PreScouter Case Study: Next-Gen Infection Control Technologies

    The following is a case study report of the work that was carried out by PreScouter for a client  in the infection control technology sector. About the client: The Client was working within the technology sector of infection control and wanted to develop a new product within two to three years. Unlike some larger clients, the Client was a medium-sized company that had to maintain a strong competitive advantage over similar product lines w .. ... READ MORE

    By: Charles Wright
  • How can renewable energy technologies support the water industry?

    The world is thirsty for water. The World Bank expects a major gap between supply and demand by 2030. Meanwhile, pumping water requires significant amounts of electricity. This is expensive. Additionally, most of this electricity comes from fossil fuels. As climate change impac .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • Could virtual reality become a non-addictive painkiller?

    The applications of virtual reality (VR) range from enhanced gaming experience to improved retail and medical training to a weight loss solution. Scientists take VR even further proposing treatments to conditions like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marta Kubala
  • What are the most important technologies that led to autonomous transportation?

    Autonomous (or self-directed) technology is transforming industries ranging from automotive to insurance to healthcare. The opportunity to realize passive yet intelligent control is enabling innovation almost as fast as its creators can dream it up. However, the speed of advancement makes us wonder how the revolution started. The following is a timeline of the most important technologies that led to the advent of autonomous transportation. ... READ MORE

    By: Adam Kimmel
  • Apple iPhone X Review: What is right and wrong about the newest iPhone model?

    The X might stand for the tenth anniversary of the phone that changed the world. But, after using the device for a week or so, the X seems more like a symbol of the unknown. The Apple iPhone X is a beautiful phone with several features that separate it from the rest of the smartphone crowd. But, there are also several issues that Appl .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kristen Bentley
  • What are the disadvantages of cryptocurrencies?

    Much time has been spent lauding blockchain and cryptocurrencies in this series.  However, cryptocurrencies suffer from several drawbacks that have led many (such as famed investor Warrant Buffet) to refer to them as a the next “bubble”. As such, it is important to identify and to understand the drawbacks and obstacles that may refrain mainstrea .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • Microfibrillated cellulose: A new material with high potential in the packaging industry

    The cellulose polymer is a naturally occurring linear polymer made of repeating units of glucose. The single polymers are stacked together forming fibrils, with these fibrils stacking together again to form the cellulose fiber structure that is present in nature.  This makes for a very interesting supramolecular structure that consists o .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marija Jovic
  • What bioinspired materials can be used to address water purification?

    Water accessible for human consumption is estimated to be about 0.007% of fresh water, which itself amounts to barely 3% of water resources on Earth. The UN World Water Development Report of 2016  highlights the problem of water scarcity which is expected to affect about 1.8 billion peopl .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
  • Attractive opportunities in the semiconductor industry

    The semiconductor industry lies at the intersection of several high-growth sectors that are now reaching commercialization. The electronic components that are manufactured by the various players in this industry are essential for the manufacture of the billions of devices comprising the Internet of Things and mobile device ecosystems. High demand exists for the chips that power ou .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • Innovative Cancer Treatments Gain FDA Endorsement

    In addition to the traditional pillars of cancer treatment—surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy—a new approach has emerged. This approach is called immunotherapy. One type of immunotherapy that has recently garnered much attention following successful FDA approval is chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy, the fir .. ... READ MORE

    By: Vidhya Sivakumaran
  • What is the next generation of cryptocurrencies?

    Today’s major cryptocurrencies have finally entered the mainstream. BitCoin, Ethereum, LiteCoin, and many others are creating a vibrant ecosystem of cryptocurrencies. As the space continues to evolve, innovative players are tailoring their approach to differentiate themselves from competitors and gain momentum and acceptance. The strategies these players have adopt .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself: The Changing App Market

    Some would argue that the app boom is over. App developers are facing an oversaturated market, and it is becoming increasingly more difficult to attract new users. Independent app developers or publishers are having a hard time getting new users to download their app. According to a Statista report (June 2016), the Apple App Store has 2 million apps, while the .. ... READ MORE

    By: Daniel Morales
  • How is wearable technology changing Halloween?

    Halloween is around the corner and with it the scares and excitement. Over the last few years, we have seen how technology has influenced the frightening season with decorations that jump, and candy bowls that shake. But, what about what we are wearing? Is there any new tech that can put your costume over the top this year? Wearable tech has come a long way; it can prevent sp .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jesse Bereta
  • What are some of the latest waste-to-energy technologies available?

    Introduction: Landfills emit by-products like methane, dioxins and leachate (a toxic liquid that is formed when waste breaks down in the landfill and filters through waste), which, when left untreated, can leach into the soil, contaminating water sources, plants and even food. Waste-to-Energy (WtE) technologies that process non-renewable waste can reduce environmental and .. ... READ MORE

    By: Anu Antony
  • Is there a way to degrade plastic?

    The problem: Plastic products have become an essential part of our everyday lives. Recycling is a good way to reuse plastic products, but devising a way to get rid of plastic is of utmost importance. It may come as a shock to know that less than 10% of plastic waste in the US is recycled. So, here’s what happens to the massive amount of non recycled plastic waste. The plastic problem in numbers: An estimated 275 m .. ... READ MORE

    By: Huawei Zhou
  • What biodegradable material possesses the hardness of conventional plastic?

    The majority of biodegradable materials on the market today are being based on cellulose, a polysaccharide material derived from plants. These materials find wide spread applications in packaging, as containers for food or drinks, for example. However, the major drawback of these materials is their hardness, which is not as high as in conventional plastics. The Wyss Institute has developed a new material derived from the shells of crustaceans that can serve as a 'hard' biodeg .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marija Jovic
  • What wearables are revolutionizing the dairy industry?

    A number of wearable technologies have been introduced into the world of dairy farming. With the increasing global demand of production, feeding the world is not an easy task. In this article, we cover some of the most innovative wearable technologies being developed to .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sushil Paudyal
  • How can renewable energy technologies support mining and drilling?

    Many people see renewable energy and fossil fuels as mortal enemies. One will succeed only at the expense of the other, the thinking goes. When it comes to onsite power, however, the situation reveals a more complex relationship. Renewable energy technologies can help fossil fuel developers power their mining and drilling operations. Mining and drilling operations often sit in remote areas, far from established electricity infrastructure. Yet, they often have significant p .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • What are the top 5 cryptocurrencies and blockchain-enabled technologies on the market?

    An exploration of cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology would not be complete without looking at the various players currently operating within this diverse market. Ranging from cryptocurrencies to payment and digital platforms, the possibilities are var .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • What wearable technologies can prevent sports injuries?

    This article covers the various injuries that athletes may incur during their professional career and the available wearable technologies that help prevent or protect from such injuries. The impact of wearables in the sports industry: For athletes who have to test their physical strength, endurance and speed on a daily basis, identifying ... READ MORE

    By: Anu Antony
  • What emerging technologies will improve the semiconductor industry?

    We live in exciting times. In the past few years, we have seen the acceleration and emergence of a wide slew of technologies that are revolutionizing nearly all industries. From deep learning and IoT (the Internet of Things) to additive manufacturing (3D printing) and blockchain, these emerging technologies are starting to appear in products and services throughout the marketplace, creating immense value for both individuals and organizations. In this article, we will expl .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • How can nanotechnologies be applied in pharmaceutical packaging?

    In this article, we address the use of nanotechnologies in pharmaceutical packaging. First, we will illustrate the ways in which nanotechnologies can be applied to pharmaceuticals. We will then discuss the technology that has already been developed for this purpose and how it is struggling to succeed commercially. Why pharmaceuticals need nanotech: The market for counterfeit drugs is worth upwards of ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • What are the applications of additive manufacturing in space?

    Additive Manufacturing, essentially the industrial version of 3D printing, has been used for items such as medical implants and plastic prototypes; but never before has it been used to mass produce critical parts of space technology. Additive manufacturing is being used to produce engines and satellites. It may ev .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • How can blockchain be used in the food industry?

    The blockchain technology creates a shared, distributed ledger of transactions over a decentralized peer-to-peer network. In the food industry, this is especially valuable as it makes it possible to track the source of various food items starting from the farm, for example, and ending at supermarket shelves. In the case of a suspected contamination or foodborne illness, finding the bad batch using blockchain is easy and quick. Foodborne illnesses and t .. ... READ MORE

    By: Evangelia Vogiatzaki
  • How can phage therapy serve as a potential alternative to antibiotic treatment?

    In this article, we address the potential use of bacteriophages as a therapeutic alternative to conventional antibiotic treatments. We will start by showing why exploring new antimicrobial therapeutic options is imperative. Next, we will delve into the history of phage therapy and where we are today. We will then present a detailed view on the advantages and challenges of phage therapy. Why the need for new treatments? ... READ MORE

    By: Brett Moreau
  • Monoclonal Antibodies for Cancer Treatment

    Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for approximately 8.8 million deaths in 2015. The number of cancer cases is expected to rise by about 70% over the next 20 years, creating a huge potential market for novel therapies. Using the Immune System to Kill Cancer The high number of genetic and epigenetic changes present in most cancer ce .. ... READ MORE

    By: Gonzalo Delgado
  • Insights into the State of the Chip Market in 2017

    Many people still associate chip manufacturers with pre-built desktop PCs. However, those days are long gone. As Dave Stevenson of Tech Advisor recently put it: "The pre-built desktop PC is all but a dead .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • Cryptocurrencies, the Fintech Sector and Millennials

    The potential impact of cryptocurrencies on the financial sector is immense. This technology is designed to be decentralized, with various "layers" cooperating to create a platform on top of which one can build products and services. Currently, the two most widely adopted cryptocurrencies are Bitcoin and Ether (the currency that is used to power the Ethe .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • What Is Lean Construction and Why Should You Care?

    The construction industry in America is in crisis. As an industry, it is struggling with inflation costs, poor quality standards, competent labor shortages and worker dissatisfactions. All being symptomatic of the deeper problems inherently within the construction fields. The primary realization by professionals in the construction fields is that these problems have basic solu .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jessica Kane
  • Feeding the World With Higher Yielding Crops

    Very simply, crop yield is the amount of crops produced per unit space (usually hectare). It is a measure of agricultural productivity. Crop Yields: An Ongoing Struggle The human race has obsessed over yields throughout history, and a diverse range of methods have been employed to improve yields. The Ancient Greeks and Romans worshiped deities. The Tiahuanaco culture in Peru created patterned arrays of beds and canals (waru waru) to improve irrigat .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • How to Predict Immunotherapy Efficacy

    Depending on the type of cancer, a specific treatment regimen can encompass one or more modalities such as surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. In particular, cancer immunotherapy has generated considerable excitement within the research and pharmaceutical communities. Recent FDA approval of several immunotherapies has validated the practicality of immunotherapeutic approaches and re .. ... READ MORE

    By: Thao Nguyen Doan Pham
  • An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies

    In the next series of articles, I will be focusing on cryptocurrencies, an emerging type of currency enabled by an emerging technology called blockchain that is set to revolutionize the financial sector. What Is a Cryptocurrency? According to Crypto Currency facts, .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • Methanol – New Uses for an Old Molecule

    Methanol has been used for many decades in a wide variety of industries. New technologies are creating even more markets for this versatile molecule as the world seeks to wean itself from fossil fuels. Methanol as Transportation Fuel Methanol has been used as a racing fuel for some time now but now, it could possibly replace diesel and gasoline in some other industries. Theoretically che .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shahid Ali
  • The Impact of Lithium-Ion Batteries on the Automobile Industry

    We have come a long way since German inventor, Siegfried Samuel Marcus manufactured the first gasoline powered automobile in 1870. Living in an era where electric cars are set to revolutionize transportation with the promise of a cheaper, .. ... READ MORE

    By: Aritra Ghosh
  • Perfecting Packaging with Conductive Ink

    Conductive inks and pastes are currently a $2 billion business and are poised to grow in areas such as in-mold inks and stretchable inks. Conductive ink has the power to enhance several industries, but its use in the packaging industry could be significant. An Emerging Market According to research director for IDTechEx, Dr .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Bitcoin Fork Pushes Bitcoin to All-Time High

    On August 1st, at 18:24:41 UTC, the blockchain for bitcoin “forked” into two cryptocurrencies – bitcoin and bitcoin cash. Bitcoin cash (BCC) is a completely new cryptocurrency available to those who have already held bitcoins. BCC is aimed at replacing cash and facilitating transactions with merchants globally. The “fork” created a duplicate version of the existing bitcoin blockchain based on the previous transac .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • RFID: A Technological Revolution

    RFID technology has changed the face of many industries- including various areas of transportation, but what is it exactly? And how does it (and will it in the future) affect your transportation needs and uses? RFID: The Basics RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification, and it describes the use of electromagnetic fields .. ... READ MORE

    By: Paula Hock
  • Can DNA Solve the Data Storage Problem?

    Mankind is producing more data than ever. Globally, digitally stored data is projected to reach 44 trillion gigabytes by 2020 which is a threefold increase in just three years. Data storage capacities of conventional media like hard drives and magnetic tapes are hitting their physical limits. A great promise to this escalating data storage problem is provided by our own ancient form of .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rajeswari Jayaraman
  • New Airport Security Measures Allow for Cancellation of Laptop Ban

    Back in May, we published an article on the laptop ban and outlined all of the need-to-know information. At that time, there was some speculation on what it would mean moving forward and whether the ban would be expanded to more locations. Recent developments include changes to screening protocols, a lift of the ban, and consideration of other security measures. Ne .. ... READ MORE

    By: Paula Hock
  • A New, Simple Test to Predict Heart Disease Risk

    Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. It accounts for about 1 of every 3 deaths in the United States. Epidemiological and interventional studies have demonstrated the existence of .. ... READ MORE

    By: Vishal Kothari
  • Micro Hydropower in Water Distribution Networks

    Water distribution networks (WDN) are present in all developed cities. Their aim is to deliver drinking water to citizens. New technologies, however, could also allow them to function as renewable energy sources. What Is a Water Dis .. ... READ MORE

    By: Emanuele Quaranta
  • Conductive Graphene Aerogel

    Aerogel was invented in the 1930s, and developed for insulation applications. It is among the lightest solid materials, fabricated from removing the liquid within gels through supercritical drying. Its excellent mechanical and chemical properties have attracted great attention from research institutions and industrial corporations. Since the 196 .. ... READ MORE

    By: Huawei Zhou
  • How Food and Beverage Companies Are Implementing AI for Supply Chain Management

    Supply Chain Management is a constant struggle for food and beverage (F&B) companies. Consumers want more insights about where their food is coming from, and on top of meeting consumer demands, manufacturers have two additional concerns: first, turning around inventory quickly at competitive prices while maintaining stock and supplier relations. Then, manufacturers must keep a close eye on quality, ensuring all products in the supply chain meet industry and consumer speci .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • Evolution of Robots: GelSight Sensors Enable Human-Like Touch

    Popular science fiction books and movies have long toyed with the idea of human-like robots. Recent research at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has brought reality one step closer to such a possibility by improving the sensitivit .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
  • Ice Cream: A Look at The Top Flavors and New Trends

    It’s National Ice Cream Month, first defined by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. But what’s the scoop in ice cream innovation today? What will be the hot new flavors to keep us cool? First, let’s cover the big names. Vanilla is the long-standing title holder for the most popular ice cream flavor, with 29% of the vote. Chocolate is lagging behind with 8.9% of the vote, followed by butter pecan and strawberry, which both have 5.3%. These positions don’t look set to c .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • A New Material is Furthering 3D Printing in Space

    3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has enabled many advancements in several industries, and it's about to make a significant impact in a new environment - space. The International Space Station Uses 3D Printing: Last year, astronauts began 3D printing tools on the International Space Station using their advance .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • Natural Resources Roundup – July 2017

    Summer vacations haven't slowed the pace of natural resources innovations. But not all news is good. In this Roundup, I cover carbon neutral mining and better fuel cells, but major blows to two more clean coal plants. Do you have technology news you'd like me to cover? Send me your tips. DeBeers Aims for Carbon Neutral Mining Within 5 Years .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • Applications of Neoantigens in Personalized Cancer Therapy

    Neoantigens are mutations in the genome of a tumor that result in mutant proteins that are not found in normal cells, but that are instead unique to that tumor. The isolation, identification, and selection of neoantigens has drawn extensive attention from the field of cancer immunotherapy. Recent data from lab .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Commercial Drones: An Emerging Market

    When the average person thinks about a drone, they typically come up with one of two examples: a military weapon or an amateur videographer at their cousin’s wedding. In the last few years, however, drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles- UAVs) have seen an emergence in a new use category: the commercial/industrial sector. Numbers Breakdown In general, that average person is right about drones: ... READ MORE

    By: Paula Hock
  • Challenges of Using Nanomaterials in Packaging

    Due to Nanomaterials’ range of advanced properties, they are being incorporated by the packaging industry at an increased rate. Benefits of using nanomaterials include their ability to improve barrier properties, reduce overall packaging, make active and interactive packaging materials, as well as have antimicrobial properties, repair package when damaged, and release substances that can extend the life of the food in the package. < .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marija Jovic
  • FinTech: Focus on China in 2017

    China has quickly become a powerhouse in FinTech, thanks to its strong technological and digital infrastructure. “China now is a leader in terms of fintech development and we hope to bring its technologies to global markets,” said Victor Chu, CEO at First Eastern Investments, “Searching for new technology, traditionally, we came to the US, Japan and Europe, .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • The Successes and Failures of 3D Printed Prosthetics

    The 3D printing industry has expanded rapidly over the last few years, with one of its most notable areas of application being the health and medical industry. Innovations include printing everything from medications to ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Quantum Communication Strong in China

    Last Sunday, Chinese government officials and scientists announced the world’s first ultra-secure quantum encrypted network, to be used in Jinan, in the Shandong Province, between governments and Party offices. The system reportedly cost up to $20 million to implement, and has been in testing mode since May to validate the approach. The network has exchanged secure telephone calls, faxes and files - with a success rate of ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • FinTech and Banking Industry Dynamics Set to Shift to Acquisitions

    Last week, the FinTech firm Worldpay was acquired by US firm Vantiv for $10 billion. The acquisition is the result of a multi-party bid that saw interest from the likes of banking giant JP Morgan Chase. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • A ‘Jetsons’ Reality Is Closer Than You Think

    With recent buzz surrounding automation, most notably autonomous vehicles, the next question to ask is what comes next? For Boeing, the next step is self-flying planes, a step they may begin to take as early as next year. Boeing’s Recent Announcement At last week’s Paris Air Show, Boeing’s vice president for product development Mike Sinnett ... READ MORE

    By: Paula Hock
  • The Application of Nanomaterials in Food Packaging

    Nanotechnology has an extensive list of applications when it comes to food packaging. Yet, its use has been limited, largely in part due to the lack of research into the risks nanomaterials may present to consumers through food migration. Migration studies aside, nanomaterials in food packaging appear to have significant advantages. Barriers: New and Improved ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Pivoting the Consumer Goods Industry

    Consumer goods companies (CGCs) have seen exceptional growth over the years. However, multiple changes in the industry are placing their current business models and strategies to the test. It’s All About the Consumer The most important contributor hindering the growth of .. ... READ MORE

    By: George Joseph
  • LG’s new futuristic 77-Inch OLED TV

    Last week, LG unveiled its new 77-inch transparent OLED panel. The futuristic visions of large transparent screens that are clear to use and non-invasive when not in use like those seen in the 2002 hit movie Minority Report are now feasible. The Features of LG's New OLED Panel Thanks to OLED technology, the screen is flexible, so it can be made to fit numerous geometries. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • Eliminating Food Waste by Keeping Your Produce Fresh

    Food waste occurs at every point on the food chain, from producers to consumers. 40% of food in America goes to waste, equaling roughly $115 billion per year. About 40-50% of food waste occurs at the consumer level. A number of things contribute to this waste, from poor meal planning to conf .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Mini Electronic Biosensor for Point-of-Care Devices and Wearables

    There’s a completely electronic method for barcoding particles according to researchers at Rutgers University. Unlike standard approaches, this method allows for multiplexed bioassays that can be miniaturized down to the size of a micro-chip. Thus, this technology could be .. ... READ MORE

    By: Charles Wright
  • This Breathable Workout Suit Stops Sweat

    One troublesome side-effect of working out is dealing with the sweat and stink that follow. This problem magnifies when one has to commute back to work/home or simply be around other people. This can be a major deterrent to people with busy schedules, if not the sole excuse for their forgotten gym membership. Recent pr .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
  • From Hyundai Recalls to Tesla’s Unprecedented Crash Tests, Auto Industry Updates

    With so many auto makers currently active in the market and developments made every day from partnerships to technology, it’s next to impossible to keep up with the industry. Below, you’ll find a snapshot of ongoing developments across the auto market to keep you in the loop. Hyundai Plagued With Recalls Several significant recalls have been announced from Hyundai this month. The company is recalling model year ... READ MORE

    By: Paula Hock
  • Going From Transactional to Transformational: The Growth Mindset of Capital One

    Banks are changing the way that consumers bank by investing in Fintech. One bank that’s taking the lead in innovation is Capital One. In a recent lecture that PreScouter attended at the Chicago tech conference, Techweek, the Chicago VP of Technology at Capital One addressed top-down innovation, crafting services and applications that empower their custome .. ... READ MORE

    By: Amanda Elliott
  • The Latest in Concrete Innovations: Programmable Cement

    According to Architect Magazine, concrete is humanity’s most consumed substance after water. Cement is also said to be responsible for 5% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • What the Amazon/Whole Foods Merger Means for the Grocery Industry

    The online store that irrevocably disrupted the publishing industry is now threatening to reshape retail entirely. Amazon has been delving into brick-and-mortar grocery stores for some time now. Last December, they unveiled Amazon Go: brick-and-mortar convenience/grocery stores wher .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Natural Resources Roundup for June 2017

    This month, I'm devoting more space than usual to a single study. It has implications for many of PreScouter's Natural Resources clients. Keep reading below it, though, to get a glimpse of a new project at the intersection of genomics and mining waste remediation. As always, I welcome your suggestions for natural resources technologies we should highlight. Reach me here. Study S .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • How Wearables Will Improve Healthcare

    Millions of wearable devices for tracking activity and fitness levels have been sold in the last few years. Now, we are starting to see a plethora of wearables for monitoring health data. By providing round-the-clock measurements of various pieces of health information, wearables promise to significantly improve outcomes and redu .. ... READ MORE

    By: Charles Wright
  • Paradigm Shift in FinTech Funding: From VCs to Established Firms

    Venture capitalists (VCs) identify emerging industries in the early stages and invest in their potential. As such, the sharp decrease in investments for FinTech this year is a telling sign of the paradigm shift occurring within the industry. VCs invested $117 billion into the financial services sector between 2012-2016, but that trend is reversing, with many having recently begun to decrease their investments in the industry. Meanwhile, ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • The M Turbine: A New Innovation in Hydropower

    Hydraulic turbines for hydropower plants have been used since the nineteenth century. However, new and innovative turbines are being introduced to the market, in order to improve efficiency, and to extend the operational range of existing turbines. The so called M turbine was developed and patented in Italy (Patent 0000282 .. ... READ MORE

    By: Emanuele Quaranta
  • Natural Branding by Laser Marking: A New Way to Eliminate Packaging Waste

    Natural Branding is a contactless, safe method of labeling without packaging. A high definition laser removes pigments from the outer layer of fruit or vegetable skin to create an image on the peel. The process is superficial so it does not have a negative effect on the taste, aroma or shelf-life of the product. Consumers   .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marija Jovic
  • Beyond IoT: Internet of Underwater Things to Network the Oceans

    The grand goal of the Internet of Underwater Things (IoUT) is to create a worldwide network of smart interconnected underwater objects and to digitally link our oceans, streams, and lakes. The cur .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rajeswari Jayaraman
  • Trump’s Infrastructure Plans: What Can Be Learned from Global Examples?

    This week, President Trump began to announce his vision for the future of U.S. infrastructure. It includes using a combination of public and private funding sources to modernize American highways, waterways, electrical systems, and airway systems. The plans form a spa .. ... READ MORE

    By: Paula Hock
  • Ooho: The Eco-Friendly Substitute to Plastic Bottles

    It is an established fact that plastic bottles made of synthetic polymers harm the environment. These packaged plastic bottles not only take long to degrade (about 450 years) but are also ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
  • Apple Plants Their Seed in the Augmented Reality Orchard

    Yesterday (June 5, 2017), Apple introduced its developer tools for augmented reality (AR) applications, called ARKit. This puts them in direct competition with other giants such as Google and Facebook for the fate of the upcoming AR boom. Why is this so important? Who cares who releases tools for building program .. ... READ MORE

    By: Justin Schaefer
  • Fitbits for Cows Are Revitalizing the Dairy Industry

    The dairy industry has faced its fair share of criticism. With a reputation for a negative environmental impact and inhumane practices, it’s due for a reform. That reform may unexpectedly come from technology that essentially works as a Fitbit for cows. The device can be obtained from various manuf .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Biodegradable Baby Diapers: Current Market and Future Development

    Many baby diapers are not biodegradable and could take hundreds of years to degrade. While it's unknown how many years biodegradable materials take to decompose, to serve more environmentally-conscious consumers,  there is a growing trend to produce biodegradable baby diapers. PreScouter, an R&D research consultant firm, looked at the current product market of biodegradable baby diapers and also future technologies like nanotechnologies that can lessen the environment .. ... READ MORE

    By: Justin Schaefer
  • Disruptive Battery Technologies That Will Change the Market

    Batteries. There have been a few issues with them. They can't hold a charge. They cause phones to explode. But there's hope; there are a number of advanced energy storage and delivery technologies in either development or production right now. PreScouter, an R&D research consultant firm, looked at the current product market of batteries and identified 13 types of batteries a .. ... READ MORE

    By: Justin Schaefer
  • Natural Resources Roundup May 2017

    As May comes to a close, we round up the latest stories on a super smart water pump, gassy air purifiers, gasless natural gas plants, and competition in solar roofs. Enjoy! Smarter Water Pump Cuts Energy Use Up to 70% Water pumps have seen many advances since the one pictured here. Xylem's smart wastewater pump, Flygt Concertor, continues the trend with its expansion into municipal wastewater systems. The Washington, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority < .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • IoT and AI Combine to Dominate Consumer Electronics

    The technological revolution in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are accelerating at breakthrough speeds. These technologies are integrating with multiple e-products and services that power and add comfort to our li .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • Infrastructure Development’s Dependency on Investment and Oil Prices

    There’s a need for America to invest in infrastructure. Though there may be funding, there are other factors that affect how the funding is applied. We’ll look at investment funding and how oil prices factor into infrastructure investment. Saudi Arabia Invests in U.S. Infrastructure While the U.S. needs to invest in infrastructure, until recently, funding was limited. When President Trump be .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Artificial Intelligence Meets Drug Development

    Pharmaceutical companies have the opportunity to capitalize on Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI refers to the ability of computer systems to perform tasks that would normally require human intelligence. Drug companies continuously analyze thousands of compounds, seeking candidates of therapeutic value. ... READ MORE

    By: Salma Buddaseth
  • How Digital Technologies Are Bringing Back Trust in Insurance

    The insurance industry has an opportunity to create a better image and user experience, and become more accurate and streamlined by adopting emerging technology. The concept of insurance pushed advancement since its founding. Take, for example, The Insurance Office, ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • How Brick-and-Mortar Stores Can Survive the E-Commerce Revolution

    Online shopping has changed brick-and-mortar stores, perhaps for good. As e-commerce takes market share, many companies are closing their stores. In 2015, retail department stores accounted for 1.9% of market share, down from 3.6% in 2005, according to the Business Insider. While there are .. ... READ MORE

    By: Justin Schaefer
  • Technology in the Kitchen: Convenience to Fit Busy Schedules

    Kitchen design and technology is constantly changing to provide consumers with foods that are convenient, and accommodate social changes and food trends. In the past, the answer to convenience was prepackaged foods. They were “modern wonders” that made life easier and could be stored for months or even years at a time. Today, consumers still demand convenienc .. ... READ MORE

    By: Vishal Kothari
  • The Airplane Laptop Ban: Everything You Need to Know

    You’ve probably seen a variety of news headlines and articles on the laptop ban and still wondered: What is it really about? What are the motivations behind it? How will it affect me the next time I travel and what will this mean for airplane travel moving forward? If you are looking for the 101 on the latest laptop flight ban, you’ve come to the right place. The Airplane Ban Facts: Earlier this year, the ... READ MORE

    By: Paula Hock
  • Can EUV Lithography Save Moore’s Law from Demise?

    The ever-rising desire to maintain Moore’s law of exponential growth is driving the semiconductor industry to continuously shrink the sizes of integrated circuit components. A series of breakthroughs in process technologies, especially in photolithography, have fueled this trend. Now, chips are packed with a billion transistors compared to thousand .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rajeswari Jayaraman
  • Building Eco-Friendly Concrete to Reduce Carbon Footprint

    Climate change is a serious problem threatening mankind today and a recent development from MIT may help reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Roland Pellenq, a senior research scientist in the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and research director at France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), along with his colleague Franz-Josef Ulm, a professor of CEE and director of the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (C .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
  • External Womb Could Save Premature Infants

    One out of every three infant deaths in the United States can be attributed to preterm birth. Researchers have recently reported the development of an external womb, which could give premature babies a more natural, uterus-like environment to aid in continued development. Preliminary results from lambs are very promising, and we may see human trials as early as 2020. Extreme Premature Births and Infant Mortality Extreme prematurity is ... READ MORE

    By: Charles Wright
  • Uber: Unregistered Transportation Company or Online Platform Pioneer?

    Founded in 2011, Uber has since grown its ridesharing app operation to 570 cities worldwide, inspired similar startups like Lyft, and launched a food delivery app in addition to its original. It’s no surprise that the company has fought a variety of legal and regulatory battles as one of the first apps of its kind, but few people realize the fundamentals of the regulato .. ... READ MORE

    By: Paula Hock
  • Innovative Package Design Is the Key to Sustainable Packaging

    Sustainable packaging has become the focus of manufacturers for some time now. Sustainable packaging not only appeals to an increasingly eco-conscious customer base, but, if done correctly, can reduce manufacturing costs. Improving upon recycling is one solution, but an innovative packaging design can reduce packaging waste right at the source. Small Changes, Big Results ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Drone Initiatives in Oil and Gas Applications

    Oil and gas companies are able to work smarter and faster with drone technology. These small and agile robots compared to human workers can fly (quite quickly), don’t require sleep breaks, and aren’t partial to specific kinds of work. Perhaps, most important to the mining industry is that drones can be equipped with sensors, often ta .. ... READ MORE

    By: Matthew Todaro
  • European Fintech Startups Gain Funding

    Fintech has the potential to not only disrupt current financial systems but also could eliminate 30% of jobs in the banking industry. Increased demand for online banking and online payments makes it the next logical step for financial institutions. However .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Innovations in Reusable Packaging

    “Reduce, reuse and recycle!” is the mantra one follows when designing sustainable packaging. While reduce and recycle seem to be the most prominent ones, there are very innovative ideas on how packaging can be reused as well. Reusable packaging is not a ne .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marija Jovic
  • How Augmented Reality Is Reshaping Retail

    Augmented reality (AR) is the latest technological innovation for the retail industry. AR made its explosive entrance to the market last year, when Pokemon Go took the world by storm. Retailers have been looking for ways to capitalize on the emerging technology and now, these efforts are coming to fruition. Benefits of Augmented Reality in Retail Augmented reality stands to benefit both the cust .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • What it Means for the Satellite Industry to Shift to the Private Sector

    With satellite television, satellite broadband, and Earth observations services, the satellite industry is growing so rapidly one might expect another space race. In the past, the only formidable space programs were in Russia or the United States. That is quickly changing. The satellite industry is shifting to the private sector. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Highly Efficient Porous Materials Inspired by Leaf Veins and Insect Spiracles

    Nature serves as one of life’s most creative and innovative scientists, and can sometimes provide us with examples of highly optimized and efficient systems. An international team of researchers led by Professor Bao-Lian Su, a life member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge and who is also .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ezinne Achinivu
  • Dairy Industry Packaging That Can Extend Shelf Life

    Keeping food fresh is one of the key concerns of food distributors and suppliers. In the dairy industry, there are general concerns in packaging to keep foods fresh such as water vapor permeability and oxidation and light. A Food and Beverage Project Architect from PreScouter, an R&D research firm, worked with another researcher to present packaging solutions for dairy farmers to keep their food fresh and extend the shelf life of their dairy products. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • Natural Resources Roundup – April 2017

    April showers bring May flowers and a host of new natural resources technologies. This month, we look at cash prizes for disruptive mining technology, smarter circuit breakers and ocean plastics that are given new life as diesel fuel. Have a technology you think we should highlight? Contact me at kgracey@prescouter.com. Mining & Metals: #DisruptMining Awards $1 Million for I .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • For a Greener Future: Biodegradable Packaging Materials

    Synthetic polymers have long been the foundation of packaging materials. However, because synthetic polymers are non-biodegradable, our reliance on them in the packaging industry has led to serious ecological problems. Here are some examples .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marija Jovic
  • PSD2 and Its Effect on FinTech

    The revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2) will be implemented across the European Union (EU) member states in less than a year. This implementation should lead to new opportunities for start-ups and incumbents alike. Addition .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • Space: Tourism’s Next Big Disruptor

    Adventure tourism is about to take one giant leap forward. Soon, rather than booking a trip around the world, travel enthusiasts will book one across the skies. In fact, two already have. To the Moon and Back Late last month, SpaceX announced that they already have two space tourists signed up .. ... READ MORE

    By: Paula Hock
  • Predictive Analytics and the Consumer – How Much Can We Automate?

    Machine learning enables computers to scan huge datasets and make predictive analyses. This is becoming increasingly common in Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices. It will likely become a household phenomenon in the very near future. ... READ MORE

    By: Justin Schaefer
  • 3D Printing in Healthcare

    3D printing has generated huge interest in recent years. The most well-known uses are  in manufacturing, but over the last fifteen years, 3D printing has slowly expanded into the healthcare industry. 3D printing has already been used to produce medical devices and instrumentation, but it’s uses can expand further to personalized medicine throug .. ... READ MORE

    By: Charles Wright
  • IoT’s Effect on the Telecommunications Industry in 2017

    The Internet of Things (IoT) will revolutionize and significantly impact many industries, as we have discussed previously. In the telecommunications industry, 2017 will see mass rollouts .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • The Growing Trend of Recycling Packaging Materials

    It is becoming increasingly imperative for companies to incorporate environmentally conscious practices into their business model. A consumer’s choice of product may come down to it’s perceived environmental impact and that begins with packaging. However, there can be unforeseen difficulties when it comes to recycling pac .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Should Dairy be Incorporated into Mediterranean Diets?

    The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest diets available. Dairy has come under speculation over the past century over it's health benefits. In recent research, PreScouter, an R&D consulting firm, looked at how dairy companies could incorporate dairy into the Mediterranean diet. One of PreScouter's Food and Beverage Project Architects worked with another researcher to present the key findings based on the PREDIMED study. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • Wolverine-Inspired Material for Self-Healing Smartphones

    What do all smartphones have in common, regardless of price or manufacturer? Other than the ‘smart’ aspect, all may crack or even shatter to pieces if dropped. Even though some show more resilience than others, no existing smartphone is truly break proof.  ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
  • No Animals Harmed: Sustainable Alternatives to Animal Leather

    Though the use of animal hides dates to prehistory, now traditional leather manufacturers have to compete with more eco-friendly and humane alternative materials. The manufacturing of animal-derived leather creates a large carbon footprint based on the substantial amount of natural resources required to raise livestock. Now, they are facing off ag .. ... READ MORE

    By: Leah Sheline
  • The Financial Services Industry Adapts Cloud Computing

    The year 2017 will be a year where cloud computing companies will target the financial services industry aggressively. Cloud-based services can increase operational efficiency and significantly decrease costs for players of any industry. However, through stra .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • Air Traffic Control of the 21st Century

    Technology Basics NextGen or Next Generation Air Transportation System is a new air traffic control system based on satellite communications that will use GPS to shorten airline routes and save both time and fuel. NextGen will be implemented in the U.S. between 2012 to 2025. ... READ MORE

    By: Paula Hock
  • Phage in Food: Innovation or Contamination?

    Perhaps, phage in food is both an innovation and a contamination. Bacteriophages are the most abundant organisms in the biosphere. If you took all the phage particles on earth and lined them up, end to end, they would cover a distance of two light years, approximately half way to Alpha Centauri. There are a lot of them, and they're very small. In fact, you probably eat them everyday without even knowing it! But what is their function? And, how can  bacteriophages be innovati .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • Adult Stem Cell Storage: Storing Youth for Later

    Stem cell storage is the practice of extracting stem cells from their sources and storing them in cryogenic conditions. Cord blood stem cell “banks” consist of publicly shared banks of stem cells derived from umbilical cords. This industry is expected to continue to grow ... READ MORE

    By: Kris Barnes
  • The Air Wheel: A New Take on an Old Energy Source

    The production and storage of renewable energy sources has been studied extensively in the past few decades. A novel innovative way to produce energy using buoyancy forces was recently patented. The invention is called the Buoyancy Prime Mover turbine, or simply Air Wheel, and was developed and patented in the USA by Luis M. Carrion and Carl .. ... READ MORE

    By: Emanuele Quaranta
  • How Telecommuters Are Impacting the Auto Industry

    The workplace has changed dramatically over the past decades from a formal work environment with standard hours to an international adept space with office workers and telecommuters, or people who work from home. Looking at the current demographics, 3.3 million full-time .. ... READ MORE

    By: Swapnil Soni
  • Current and Potential Applications of Carbon Nanotubes

    As nanotechnology continues to emerge as the scientific beacon of the future, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are no exception. Carbon nanotubes are 100 times stronger than steel but at one-sixth the weight. They also conduct heat and electricity better than copper. Harnessed pro .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • A Biopesticide to Beat Back Bed Bugs

    A recently reported biopesticide could provide a simple, yet effective means to eliminate—and even prevent—bed bug infections. Scientists at Pennsylvania State University have developed a biopesticide, which utilizes a natural fungus that is lethal to Cimex lectularius (aka bed bugs) but harmless to humans. A robust university entrepreneurial ecosystem has .. ... READ MORE

    By: Charles Wright
  • Natural Resources Roundup March 2017

    It has been another exciting, somewhat nerve-wracking, month for natural resources technologies. In this Roundup, we explore drones in mines, virtual batteries, bacterial bubbles and a colossal bankruptcy. Metals and Mining: Automation Advances While the transportation sector races to a .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • How R&D Looks to Race Cars to Develop New Technologies

    Is a Prius actually a race car? Well, of course, it isn’t exactly a race car, but believe it or not, a lot of manufacturers are using technologies developed in the racing world for consumer cars because they make cars better - no matter who is driving them. This popular and e .. ... READ MORE

    By: Justin Schaefer
  • Antibiotics 2.0: Strategies to Defeat The Priority Pathogens

    Antibiotics are an essential pillar of modern medicine. However, after almost 90 years of deployment in the fight against bacterial pathogens, we are now being brought to the mercy of microbial resistance. “Global crisis,” “return to medical dark ages,” “antibiotic apocalypse” are some of the terms being used by prominent scientists, physicians, and politicians to depict the future of medicines for bacterial infections. But, in an a .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • Coupling IoT and Machine Learning: A Golden Opportunity for the Financial Sector

    Machine learning was developed as part of a multi-industry push for artificial intelligence (AI) driven by emerging technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT). Today, over 76% of businesses (including those in the financial sector) indicate IoT will be critical to future success. .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • Improving Oxygen and Moisture Barriers in Packaging

    Oxygen and moisture barriers ensure the sanitary storage and transportation of food and medical supplies, but even the tiniest imperfection can compromise the package. Additionally, there is the ever present concern of environmental impact. Such factors are what producers must consider when searching for ways to improve these barriers. Perfecting Polyethylene ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Welcome to the Future: Smart Packaging

    What Is Smart Packaging? Any packaging that incorporates advanced technologies to provide enhanced functionality compared to conventional packaging can be considered smart. Based on Packaging Digest, smart packaging can be divided into two categories: active packaging, that provides functionality .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marija Jovic
  • A New Light on the Treatment of Chronic Pain

    Aches and pains are familiar to all of us. When you touch the oven dish by accident, put out your back, or get a paper cut. However, imagine if that sharp, intense pain became chronic; lasting weeks, months, or even, years! Chronic Pain This is the case for 20% of the global population, who suffer from chronic pain. It is associated with numerous medical conditi .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • Artificial Intelligence’s Impact on the High Tech Sector: NVIDIA as the Clear Winner

    Artificial intelligence (AI), and one of its heavily researched subsets, machine learning, are both poised to radically transform a multitude of industries, ranging from transportation to financial services. According to Acc .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • From Paper Airplane to Metal Airplane: Boeing Thinks it Has Found the Perfect Middle Ground

    In the last several weeks, the race for commercial airliner market dominance has become a bit more interesting. News has been swirling about some new additions to the Boeing aircraft lineup, one having already launched and one rumored in development potentially set to begin flying in the next five to ten years. Boeing’s 737 MAX 9 Recently, Boeing launched the 737 MAX 9, the recent addition to its most pr .. ... READ MORE

    By: Paula Hock
  • The Successes and Failures of Recycling Programs in Cities

    According to the latest figures (from 2014) published by the EPA, in the United States, about 258 million tons of municipal solid waste were generated, over 89 million tons of which were recycled and composted. That is equivalent to a recycling rate of 34.6%. This means that recycling efforts in 2014 when there was an annual reduction of over 181 million metric tons of ca .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Beyond Cryptocurrency: Blockchain’s Impact in the Financial Services Industry

    Most people have by now heard of blockchain, the technology which creates a shared, distributed ledger of transactions over a decentralized peer-to-peer network. A blockchain is a corruption-resistant string of ledger entries shared over a network by multiple parties. It is a foundational internet meta-technology that will enable a broad range of capabilities including anti-counterfeiting, transparency, smart contracts, digital identities, secu .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • New Class of Polymers Waiting to Be Commercialized: Meet Titan and Hydro

    Making discoveries by accident is still applicable. In 2014, IBM discovered a new class of materials – thermoset recyclable polymers. This discovery has the potential to disrupt almost every industry including engineering, transportation and aerospace, as well as semiconductors industry. It was published in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal,  ... READ MORE

    By: Marija Jovic
  • How to Satiate America’s Sweet Tooth Without Sugar

    Sugar has become a main villain in the processed food industry. Recent revelations of a pivotal misleading scientific review article from the 1970s that was sponsored by the sugar industry fueled public concern. The conclusions of the dubious review, blaming fat as the dietary culprit to increases in .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jessica Geahlen
  • 3D Printing – Where Did It All Start?

    3D Printing, a way of making objects directly from computer models, is growing in adaptability. Several industries are adopting 3D printing from customized medical devices to paintings to satellites. But, where did it all start? Additive Manufacture (AM) is the general name for the processes which buil .. ... READ MORE

    By: David Pollard
  • CRISPR: The Genome Editing Tool That Will Transform The Field of Biology

    The genome-editing technology CRISPR has been lauded as one of the most important scientific breakthroughs of this century. CRISPR allows us to precisely insert, add, or delete genes inside living cells. Although similar technologies have existed for years, CRISPR is emerging as the clear winner due to its extraordinary precision, efficiency, and flexibility. It is enhancing our ability to improve crop yields and accelerating biomedical research by improving disease models an .. ... READ MORE

    By: Charles Wright
  • Air Pollution Becomes Ink With Kaalink

    Air pollution is a global problem with few solutions beyond government regulations like The Clean Air Act in the United States and similar regulations in other countries. The problem has gotten so severe that air pollution in India is leading to nearly 1.1 million deaths ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Are Maglev Trains the Future of Transportation?

    Airports are a traveler's greatest enemy; between long lines and grueling security checks, many wish to avoid the hassle. Yet with America’s vast landscape, other modes of transportation are even less appealing, with a fifteen-hour drive or twenty-hour train ride taking the place of a two-hour flight. Levitating trains that travel at inexplicably high speeds seem like magic, but in reality it utilizes old technology being refined into the tr .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • A Revolutionary Approach to Screen Nanoparticles for Medical Applications

    Nanomedicine is an important, emerging field of modern medicine. Nanoparticles are promising for a number of clinical applications, including many that could not be approached with conventional methods. We can design nanoparticles with unique optical properties that enable novel imaging and diagnostics applications. We can create nanoparticle-based drug and gene delivery systems that target specific organs or cell populations. However, ... READ MORE

    By: Charles Wright
  • IoT and Its Impact on the Semiconductor Industry

    In recent years, smartphone sales have been a growth opportunity for the semiconductor industry. However, with smartphone growth rates starting to plateau, semiconductor companies will need to adapt their offerings for the next big growth opportunity. Fortunately for them, this opportunity is here. According to a 2016 PreScouter report, the Internet of Things (IoT) market is expected to grow to nearly $900B by 202 .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • Why Obesity Is Still a Problem and How the Gut Microbiome Factors in

    Have you ever wondered why two people can eat the same amount of food, but weigh differently? This may be due to the gut microbiome, the taxa of microorganisms residing in the gut and their genes. Many people have tried to find correlations (and remedies) to obesity, a health problem that affects 13 percent of the global population. Studies from ... READ MORE

    By: Rachel Murkett
  • Are Virtual Restaurants the Future of Dining?

    Millennials and Gen Z-ers are tech-savvy generations shifting the paradigm of businesses towards a virtual world. The latest visual trend following virtual gaming and virtual shopping is the “virtual” restaurant. Virtual restaurants are deli .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rajeswari Jayaraman
  • Responsibility in the Age of Driverless Automation

    Self-driving cars are coming, and they will almost undoubtedly be the predominant mode of transportation on our roads in the next few decades. The first driverless cars hit the streets in 2015, and already, they are beginning to boom in controlled areas. For instance, NuTonomy will be ... READ MORE

    By: Justin Schaefer
  • 3D Printing and the Future of Construction

    Earlier this month, Apis Cor announced the construction of a full building using its concrete 3D Printer. The company joins a trend that has started to emerge ever since Chinese company, Winsun shocked the construction world with the announcement that they used 3D Printing to erect 10 homes in a single day. With promises to lower construction times (printers can work 24/7), decrease raw materials use, e .. ... READ MORE

    By: João Guerreiro
  • Blood-Brain Barrier on a Chip

    The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a highly selective semipermeable membrane barrier, which allows some materials to cross while blocking others. It is formed by endothelial cells connected by tight junctions. This network of specialized cells surrounds the arteries and veins that provide the brain with nutrients and protection. In recent years, medica .. ... READ MORE

    By: Vidhya Sivakumaran
  • Natural Resources Roundup for February 2017

    PreScouter is dedicated to keeping your company up to date on emerging technologies. That’s why I’m inaugurating a new feature: the Natural Resources Roundup. Check back at the beginning of every month for a quick bite of key technology headlines in the natural resources space. Up this month: renewables everywhere, IoT for oilfields, pot-driven water tech and a nuclear quagmire. Mining and Metals: Embracing Renewables Mining companies have been making steady in .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kyle Gracey
  • Is America on Track for High-Speed Rail?

    The transportation industry sees continual technological advancements. Soon we will be living in a world where our cars can drop us off at work. We can now fly from the United States to Iceland for the same price as flying across the country, less than half of what tickets used to cost. C .. ... READ MORE

    By: Paula Hock
  • How 3D Printing Is Disrupting the Packaging Industry

    In recent years, there has been a lot of interest and research in 3D printing and how it will change the packaging industry. This article covers the many parts of packaging, from prototyping to manufacturing, that have been and will be affected and enhanced by 3D printing technologies. Rapid Prototyping 3D printing .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marija Jovic
  • P&G Explains How They Will Generate Zero Landfill Waste by 2020

    The United States has established an unfortunate notoriety for producing landfill waste. At only 4% of the global population, America is responsible for 30% of the planet’s total waste generation. Approximately 31% of generated waste is packaging and containers alone, and corporations are responsible for a substantial .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • How Robotic Sleeves Can Restore Heart Function After Cardiac Arrest

    According to the American Heart Association, heart failure currently affects close to 6 million people in the US alone, costing the nation an approximately 31 billion dollars each year. Now, patients all over the world who suffer from heart failure and are waiting for a heart transplant can now breathe a sigh of relief. In a recently published study, scientists announced the development of a r .. ... READ MORE

    By: Vidhya Sivakumaran
  • How European Banks and Robo-Advisors Are Leading The Digitization of Financial Services

    Increasing digitization of financial services is a major trend in FinTech. Changing demographics and the emergence of new digital technologies used by European banks and powered by innovations like Robo-advisors, will increase digitization of financial services in 2017. Digital Banking Innovations from Spain and Turkey Both the advances in ... READ MORE

    By: Sofiane Boukhalfa
  • The Dangers of Palm Oil: Why Nutella is Being Removed From Shelves

    Supermarkets in Italy, including the country’s biggest supermarket chain, Coop, have removed popular hazelnut spread, Nutella, from their shelves. The reason? Recent studies have linked refined palm oil, which is used in Nutella and various other food and cosmetic products, with cancer. Nutella Fights Back Nutella maker, Ferrero, launched an advertising .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Chemicals Found in Fast Food Packaging

    Fast food might be worse than you thought. It's not because of the food itself, rather the problem comes from the packaging. Chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects: Fast food packaging has chemicals in a third of its products.  These chemicals, which are called perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), were originally used by fast food chains b .. ... READ MORE

    By: Amanda Elliott
  • How Millennials Are Changing the Way Financial Institutions Work

    Between handing out cell phone numbers over Tinder and documenting everyday life over social media, Millennials are an open generation. Yet, when it comes to financial institutions, they are a closed book. Millennial expectations for what a business should know and have are forcing online fin .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Increase in Robotics Startup Funding Disrupts Industries

    In 2016, robotics startup companies received 50% more funding than they did the previous year, marking the best year ever for robotics startup funding. The word “robot” brings to mind the image of humanoid, sci-fi robots, but robotics is a broad spectrum. So, where is this money going and what industri .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Augmented Reality – Not a Fiction but a Revolution of the Real Life

    Imagine a world where you can try your outfits in a fitting room, or apply a makeup to see if it suits you, or see if a sofa will fit under the window – without physically trying anything on. Yes, these are some of the real examples already made possible by IKEA, Sephora, Wayfair using the .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rajeswari Jayaraman
  • What is the Future of Libraries?

    It is widely believed that libraries are dying. They receive less funding each year and branches continue to close. Yet, 76% of Americans say libraries well serve the needs of their community and many have become tourist attractions. So, why the decline? Though many appreciate libraries, their services are not being use .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Integrated Project Delivery’s Impact on Construction

    In the past decade, technologies and concepts like the Building Information Model (BIM) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) have accelerated construction projects, save money, and increased productivity overall. What Is Integrated Project Delivery? According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), IPD “is a project delivery approach that integrates people, systems, business s .. ... READ MORE

    By: Raul Parente
  • How Vertical Farms Are Disrupting Industries

    Forbes' annual “30 Under 30” list, honoring young artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs included individuals who are shaking up industries from asteroid mining to nanotechnology. One winner, Michael Barron, however, might be disrupting several industries with his work on vertical farming for a company called AeroFa .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Uber’s Self-Driving Cars: Boon or Boondoggle?

    In September of 2016, Uber unleashed a fleet of self-driving Ford Fusions on the streets of Pittsburgh. Only a few months later, they followed suit in San Francisco with upgraded, specially made Volvo XC90s. Earlier in the year, Uber took over Otto, a company in the business of self-driving trucks and launched a new carpooling service, ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Unlocking the Secrets of Superagers

    Entering into old age is a daunting idea for many, often because of the fear that one might lose one’s cognitive functions and treasured memories. Over five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, according to alz.org, the website for the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are painful and frustrating for those affected by it, and yet there are those whose brains manage to escape the .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Mini-Brains: A Plate Full of Possibilities

    Researchers from around the globe have been tampering with a creation that could lead to the end of many diseases as well as a great reduction in animal testing: mini-brains. Mini-brains are es .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • The Spiral Pump: Pumping Water Without Electricity

    The spiral pump (also known as water wheel pump) is a hydraulic machine that pumps water without electricity. With the global efforts to reduce carbon emissions, the increased focus on renewable energy is making the spiral pump a viable option for pumping water, especially in rural areas and developing countries. Simple in .. ... READ MORE

    By: Emanuele Quaranta
  • The CARB-X Initiative for Combating Antibiotic Resistance

    The Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (CARB-X) initiative is a global research accelerator program to counteract the alarming increase in antibiotic resistance in bacteria. The initial five-year program worth $350 million will strive to accelerate human testing of more than twenty highly promising antibacterial products in addition to providing funding, mentoring, and support. Led by the Boston University, key participants include th .. ... READ MORE

    By: Subramanian Krishnan
  • Innovation is Expensive and Other Myths

    Innovation is equated to the development of new products, technologies, services and business models that fuels the growth of companies while creating benefits for consumers. However, such an important discipline is also often misunderstood. It is pretty common to hear statements such as “you have to be creative to be innovative”, “innovation is expensive”, and “innovation .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rajeswari Jayaraman
  • Pharmaceutical R&D Global Spending Trends

    Pharmaceutical industries dedicate a large percent of their budget for internal research and development processes. R&D financing in pharmaceutical markets is a complex mix of private and public funding. The pharmaceutical industry receives tax incentives from multiple countries. Drug development also benefits extensively from the widespread knowledge and innovation in vario .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Google’s Push for 100% Renewable Energy

    In the corporate race to meet a 100% renewable energy goal, Google has become the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy. They claim that they will reach their goal by 2017. With electricity being the largest source of greenhouse gases, this corporate push for renewable energy c .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Three Myths About Innovation Exposed

    Traditionally, innovation was something managers, CEOs, and the general population considered as “coming up with a new product”. But, in recent years, that definition has changed. Innovation is gradually being applied towards the development of business models, marketing, and management practices. There is more appreciation for fresh ideas that can transform any part of the .. ... READ MORE

    By: Vidhya Sivakumaran
  • Amazon Go Transforms Brick and Mortar Business Model

    The last two decades have seen a greater period of technological advancement than any in the history of mankind. Amazon has been part of that drastic change, almost single-handedly putting bookstores out of business and converting book lovers to ebooks. After conquering the book world, Amazon began to step on the heels of businesses like eBay and Netflix, gaining momentum with every venture. Now, Amazon has begun dabbling in the grocery busines .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • How Will Design Patent Cases Change After Samsung’s Win?

    Samsung recently won a patent battle that began in 2012 against Apple, which saved them from the $399 million settlement they were originally ordered to pay for stealing iPhone designs. The U.S. Supreme Co .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Geckskin Applications: Spider-Man Soldiers to Home Decor

    In 2012, a team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst, led by Al Crosby and Duncan J. Irschick, unveiled a new super adhesive called Geckskin, modeled after the ability of geckos to stick to almost any surface. The ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • What Steps is America Taking to Colonize Mars by 2030?

    As we've explored Mars, we've learned that space exploration is extremely challenging. But, it's also helped us to develop new technologies that will make life on Mars a reality in 2030. Since 1996, exploration of Mars has had a revival, where data from four orbiters and four landed missions is helping to build a new view of the planet. A fleet of rovers and robotic spacecraft are on and around the Red Planet providing tons of data. These rovers record radiation on the wa .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Treating Diabetes: Are We There Yet?

    Diabetes mellitus is a growing epidemic with a hefty physical, emotional and financial burden. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29 million Americans suffer from diabetes. Present treatment regimens aim at improving glycemic control with an associated risk of hypoglycemic incidents. This is one of the most important problems accompanying diabetes treatments and can affect a patient's quality of life due to associated complications. Hence, it b .. ... READ MORE

    By: Vishal Kothari
  • Will Domino’s Innovations Make it the Millennial Favorite?

    Domino’s has been making quite the stir in the stock market after stocks rose from a mere $4.97 in 2009 to $155.01 in 2016. What is responsible for this increase? Domino’s is pushing technological advances and capitalizing on the lucrative stay-at-h .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Breakthrough Research: Development of RNA Vaccine Capable of Fighting Ebola in Animal Models

    Responding to quickly evolving and developing pathogens and/or sudden outbreaks is limited by current vaccine technologies and production methods. This was clearly seen in the Ebola outbreak of 2014 that killed more than 10,000 people where an Ebola vaccine was not and is still not rea .. ... READ MORE

    By: Vidhya Sivakumaran
  • Understanding the Fluid Dynamics of the Heart During Atrial Fibrillation

    The cardiovascular system is a fluid dynamic system, governed by the laws of physics. Scientific research on such fluid dynamics can be very important in understanding the underlying physical mechanisms behind certain cardiovascular pathologies. One cardiovascular disorder currently under study is atrial fibrillation (AF). What is Atrial Fibrillation? Atrial fibrillation  is the most widespread cardiac arrhythmia. Globally, a .. ... READ MORE

    By: Emanuele Quaranta
  • Healthcare in a Patch: How can Wearable Biosensors Improve Life?

    You can boost your sports performance if you monitor your heart rate and your body chemistry. You can meet your project deadlines if you control your mental and physiological stress levels and analyze them vs time. And, even at a party, you can stay fresh and energetic for more interpersonal success by scanning your alcohol or sugar level. This is all becoming possible thanks to the advent of tiny we .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rajeswari Jayaraman
  • Hydrodynamic Screws: From Archimedes to Electricity

    Birth of the Hydrodynamic Screw The Hydrodynamic Screw is one of the oldest hydraulic machines still in use today. One theory regarding its creation supposes that the King of Egypt asked Archimedes to design a machine to remove water from his ships. A second theory suggests that the device was created hundreds of years prior to the birth of Archimedes and he adapted it to make it popular around the known world. Hence, this machine is also called Archimedes screw. < .. ... READ MORE

    By: Emanuele Quaranta
  • Are 3D-Printed Bones the Answer to Personalized Bone Repair Surgery?

    3D printing is revolutionizing medical care by enabling more detailed, versatile and cost effective manufacturing of products and devices that are central to research and medical applications. The use of biomaterials, or bioink, has created a field, which is still in its early phases. An exciting example of the use of 3D printing is bone production, where using personalized ... READ MORE

    By: Minttu Kansikas
  • How to Develop a Corporate Innovation Strategy

    Having a plan and executing a plan, as most executives know, are two different beasts. As you begin the strategic process to innovate internally and start planning for next year's goals or next quarter's, keep in mind these best practices as told through one of the most innovative companies, Uber. State your vision. Developing a strategic process and seeing it through is similar to goal setting in that you need to be specific about your intentions. The most in .. ... READ MORE

    By: Amanda Elliott
  • Will Drone-Vertising Be the Next Big Thing in Advertising?

    In our previous article Are Quadrotor Drones Going to Invade our Skies?, we soared into the world of drones: what was, what is and what might possibly be coming. "We might see drones flying around everywhere in the near future, the same way as cars on the road" seemed like something we wouldn't be seeing for a good couple .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Wireless Innovations in the Audio and Healthcare Industries

    Once upon a time, every electronic device had a wire or cord dangling from it. As technology advanced, cords became thinner and thinner until they finally disappeared. The wireless revolution took the world by storm and still continues to leave us in awe at what levels and industries wireless technology can be applied. What's New in the Audio Industry and World of Bluetooth Headphones? One of the most prolific recent advances that audio technology has .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • The Fall of Theranos: What Destroyed the $9 Billion Dollar Blood-Testing Startup?

    Elizabeth Holmes, 32, was the youngest self-made billionaire in the world, before her world came crumbling down around her. So, what happened? How did this young, talented, intelligent engineer go from being at the forefront of medical innovation and technology – even being deemed the next Steve Jobs – to the laughing .. ... READ MORE

    By: Vidhya Sivakumaran
  • What Future Car Technologies Will Make Roads Safe?

    There's a lot changing in the automotive industry. Most surprisingly, having a driver's license won't be a milestone in the future because our cars will be able to drive us. As we take a hands-off approach to driving, will seat belts and airbags remain the car safety standard? One thing is for certain, sensors and cameras will play a major role in car safety. We are going to look at 10 future car .. ... READ MORE

    By: Amanda Elliott
  • Groupon to Go: How Food Delivery Services Shape the Food Industry

    Food delivery is in and Groupon is now expanding on it. Five hundred restaurants participated in a pilot test for Groupon to Go in Chicago since March 2015, is planning to expand to other cities including Boston and Austin. In the initial phase, Groupon to Go only offered their services to restaurants that already provided delivery, but Groupon's Vice President and General .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Enhancing Asset Management Through BIM

    Construction management has become easier with a new model. It takes the larger scale plan and the details from the plans, reports, schedules, and cost reviews, and then updates them in real-time. This new system is BIM (Building Information Model). With the real-time data from the BIM, construction management is furthered, but most importantly, property managers will be able to enhance asset management. The BIM (Building Information Model) is the management of information .. ... READ MORE

    By: Raul Parente
  • Wells Fargo Identity Theft Scandal: A Definite Game Changer

    According to the L.A Times,the California Attorney General, Kamala Harris,  issued Wells Fargo a search warrant on Oct 5th , seeking documents associated with the creation of 2 million unauthorized bank accounts. The employees of Wells Fargo are suspected to have committed “Identity Theft” and used customer information to open bank accounts, credit cards and other .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Samsung Phones Explode: A Look at Battery Technology

    In the aftermath of over 100 reported incidents of Galaxy Note 7 explosions worldwide, Samsung has permanently stopped their Note 7 productions. The South Korean tech giant is forced to recall all the sold units just two months after its official release. That’s about one million of the 2.5 million manufactured units. After the first recall, the company decided to ship Galaxy Note 7 units containing batteries from a different supplier. However, there were reports of explosi .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rajeswari Jayaraman
  • President Trump and Biotech-Related Industries: Opportunities, not Armageddon.

    Since the new president of the United States has been elected, it is time for the insiders of the biotech industry – both decision-makers and scientists – to begin their process of the possible fallout after the election. Up until November 9th, the next president-elect had been determined, the concession speech by Senator Hillary Clinton had been delivered, and the stock markets have stabilized slightly amid the initial fluctuations in the morning. While Mr. Trump is w .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • The Hydrostatic Pressure Machine: Energy Production by Autogenerating the Hydraulic Head

    Stream Water Wheels and Floating Mills Stream water wheels are hydraulic machines that are installed in flowing water. The kinetic energy of the flow determines the rotation of the water wheel, generating mechanical energy and, eventually, electricity. When a stream wheel is supported by boats on its sides, it is called a floating mill (Fig.1). Water wheels that instead use the potential energy of the flow (the water weight) are called gravity water wheels, as in ... READ MORE

    By: Emanuele Quaranta
  • Tesla’s 360 Vision: The Future is Here

    Imagine a day when your car drives you to work and then finds and parks itself into a spot while you focus on starting off your meetings for the day. While you’re hard at work, your car spends its day making more money for you by doubling-up as a self-driving Uber. And when you’re finally done for the day, it’s waiting right outside, ready to drive you home as you catch up on news and prepare for the next item on your social calendar. Based on Tesla .. ... READ MORE

    By: Karthik Ramaswamy
  • The Nintendo Switch May Be Game Changing

    The Nintendo Switch is a new console from Nintendo that is set to launch in March 2017. The core concept behind this new console is very simple: no confusing gamepad, no motion, no software partners and no marketing strategy- just pure  ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Honda’s New Strategy: Open Innovation

    There's a new trend for the automotive industry - and it's not autonomous. It's collaborative. Honda is a company notorious for internal R&D spending.  In fact, they outspent Toyota, the leading R&D spender in Japanese automotives. Now, Honda has shifted its focus externally to improve it's profit margins. "The passion of Honda engineers alone can no longer underpin our efforts," ... READ MORE

    By: Amanda Elliott
  • Internet of Medical Things: Industry Roundtable Webinar

    The Internet of Medical Things, also called healthcare IoT, is the niche focus of connected medical devices. As hospitals and private practices start to implement Internet of Things technology, there are many exciting advances to monitoring and improving patient's health, while there are also very real concerns for transitioning medical health records to the cloud. One of the main setbacks is the amount of data that can be stored. Not only is the sheer volume an issue, but .. ... READ MORE

    By: Amanda Elliott
  • How One Airline is Transforming Tourism

    Remote, exotic travel. While intriguing, the cost, the isolation, and the time it takes to fly there are all real setbacks to these once in a lifetime destinations. So, how did one airline company disrupt the airline industry through a remote, often misunderstood country like Iceland and turn it into one of the hottest tourist attractions? Let's find out. The Rise of Icelandic Travel in the United States: Iceland is anticipated to have more tourists than their e .. ... READ MORE

    By: Amanda Elliott
  • CPG Companies Like General Mills Seek Greater Supply Chain Transparency

    Understanding consumer needs and demands and then adapting to them often times requires companies to change their processes and innovate. In a recent podcast,  AgFunderNews addressed how CPG brands are struggling to be transparent throughout the supply chain. As consumers shift and become more socially and environmentally responsible, Fortune 500 .. ... READ MORE

    By: Amanda Elliott
  • Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) and Cancer Detection

    In 2012, cancer caused about 8.2 million deaths and it is the second major cause of mortality in the US. A major factor that leads to more cancer-related mortalities is metastasis. Metastasis means that cancer cells can spread inside the body and tumors occur in other parts of the body. The possibilities of curative treatment are greatly reduced, or often entirely removed, when a cancer has metastasized. What Are Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs)? Circulating tumor ce .. ... READ MORE

    By: Zhixi Qian
  • Oxide Fuel Cells: Alternate Method to Produce Electricity

    An increase in population has increased the demand for energy. The major source of energy is oil, gas and coal. World Coal Institute estimates that there are over 984 billion tons of proven coal reserves globally, could last approximately 200 years at current consumption levels. Currently 33 percent of the US electricity is generated by coal. To produce energy, the conventional coal gasification process used releases Sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides and particulates which pol .. ... READ MORE

    By: Nikita Nandakumar Thattamparambil
  • Physiology Nobel Prize Awarded for Autophagy Research

    Molecular biologist, Yoshinori Ohsumi has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on autophagy: the process by which the cell digests and recycles its own components. The 71-year-old Japanese scientist, from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Yokohama, was acknowledged for his experiments in the 1990s, when he used Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker's yeast) to detect genes that control the way cells destroy their own contents. Ohsumi believes that t .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marianne von Euler
  • How Private and Public Health Sectors Can Work Together

    For many years, the objectives between pharmaceuticals and public health sectors have not been aligned. After all, developing drugs is ultimately a business for pharmaceutical companies; however, public health professionals aim to achieve an overall health equity regardless of household income. In this highly regulated industry, the gap between two sectors has distanced them from collaborating. I .. ... READ MORE

    By: Lan Duan
  • The Immune System in Parkinson’s Disease: A Possible Target for Treatment

    Parkinson's disease is the second most widespread neurodegenerative disorder in the world, after Alzheimer's Disease. Parkinson's affects around 7 to 10 million people worldwide and occurs in all races but with a predominance for Caucasians. Men are 1.5 times more likely to develop the disease than women. What Are the Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease? Parkinson's disease is considered a movement disorder characterized by four cardinal motor symptoms: rigidity, slow .. ... READ MORE

    By: Marianne von Euler
  • PreScouter and GE Healthcare IoT Summit Recap

    It was a stormy, but an informative evening at Loyola University's Schreiber Center on October 6, 2016. For one night, PreScouter clients, healthcare professionals and IoT experts came together for PreScouter's annual summit in Chicago, IL. This year's topic was the Internet of Things as told through the business model of the 124-year-old startup, GE Healthcare. IoT Summit Attendees: Attendees enjoyed two hours of networking in the Schreiber Center overlooking the .. ... READ MORE

    By: Amanda Elliott
  • Technological Advances in the Healthcare Sector

    The healthcare sector is advancing by leaps and bounds thanks to the latest technological developments. Many applications and gadgets are being designed to make the healthcare experience more feasible and convenient. An analysis of some of the most groundbreaking advancements is given below: Mobile Stroke Units ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Apps for Basic Health Issues

    It can take quite a while to book an appointment with a doctor for a routine checkup. Sometimes, you have to wait for at least a month for your scheduled appointment. At times, you might find yourself stranded some place with no access to a clinic or a hospital. You could even be at home and notice an abrasion or unusual rash on your skin wondering what it could be. All these scenarios can be scary, but there is no need to panic. Countless phone applications are now availa .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Water Wheels: Bygone Machines or Attractive Hydropower Converters?

    Water Wheels in the Past Water wheels have been used for thousands of years to pump water, forge iron, grind grain, saw wood and many other applications. The most ancient water wheels exploited the kinetic energy of flowing water and were called stream water wheels. Water wheels that used the potential energy of water were introduced later and were called gravity water wheels (the water exerts a pressure on the blades due to its weight). Water whee .. ... READ MORE

    By: Emanuele Quaranta
  • Phase Change Materials: Limitations and Improvements

    Phase change materials are considered to be ideal products for thermal management solutions. These materials are capable of storing and releasing thermal energy while melting and freezing, hence the name phase change. Phase change materials, when in the process of freezing, release a large amount of energy (latent energ .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Pharmaceutical Cleaning: A Short Review

    Apart from being a core aspect of current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) and Good Validation Cleaning Practice (GVCP) in the pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical cleaning validation procedures are a necessary regulatory condition that must be met by pharmaceutical companies in getting safe and effectual drug formulations to pat .. ... READ MORE

    By: Adeyinka Aina
  • Five Midwestern Companies in Healthcare Using IoT

    Many investors have taken a high interest in the Midwest ventures as they offer high-quality technology solutions at relatively lesser costs than Boston or Silicon Valley. The Internet of Things (IoT) is proving to be a game changer in the technology industry. It is a relatively new technology that allows you to connect one smart object to another and communicate directly through a  netwo .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Can DNA Methylation Inhibiting Drugs Treat Cancer?

    What Is DNA Methylation? Epigenetics define the heritable regulation of gene expression that is not caused by changes in DNA sequences. Among the many types of epigenetic modifications, DNA methylation is probably the best-studied one. Most DNA methylation occurs in the context of CpG dinucleotides (where a cytosine is followed by a guanine). When located within gene promoter regions, methylated CpG dinucleotides often repress downstream gene expression, a common ep .. ... READ MORE

    By: Cheng Li
  • CAAR T Cells: Engineering Immune Cells for the Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases

    Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells have been studied since the late 1980s. By genetically modifying T cells from patients with cancer, scientists use CAR T cells to teach the immune system how to eliminate malignant cells. Recently, this technology has delivered some amazing results for blood cancers, and is now being tested in several solid tumor-cancers. Leveraging .. ... READ MORE

    By: Goncalo Rodrigues
  • Thermal Imaging: A Cost Effective Solution in Every Home

    Infrared cameras have been used by insulation contractors and energy auditors for more than 30 years to diagnose home-performance issues. Their first use, a very expensive camera at the time, can be traced back to the late 1970s for the diagnosis of thermal envelope defects. Today, infrared cameras are called thermographic scanners or thermal imaging devices. How Is Thermal Imaging Used in the Construction Industry? Thermal Imaging, the detection, and location of .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Energy from Biomass: Prospects and Challenges

    Fossil fuels are derived from plant and animal remains, trapped far beneath the surface of the earth for millions of years. Most of our contemporary energy demands are fulfilled by these fossil fuels. This has caused environmental and energy companies to divide and Given their harmful effects on health and the disastrous effects on the earth’s atmosphere, meeting our energy and fuel demands from a ... READ MORE

    By: Avanti Kulkarni
  • New Mutation-Specific Targeted Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis

    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening, genetic disease caused by genetic mutations that induce protein misfolding. Cystic Fibrosis affects about 30,000 people in the US and over 75,000 people worldwide. It is the most common fatal genetic disorder in the Caucasian population, occurring in approximately 1 in 3,500 in the US and 1 in 2,500 in the EU. The median predicted age of survival for CF patients is 41 years. What Causes Cystic Fibrosis? Cystic fibrosis is .. ... READ MORE

    By: Soo Jung Kim
  • IoT & the Future: Should Consumers Be Concerned?

    Seventeen years ago, the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) emerged. A concept that, at the end of day, is all about sorting and ultimately controlling data. With IoT, sensors, wireless chips, and internet connections all work together to automate tasks in various gadgets and possessions like cars, coffeemakers and phones. While the auto generation of tasks seems futuristic, many companies have already adopted the foundation of the concept. Seventeen years of developi .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • The Promise of Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-Cell Therapies for Cancer Treatment

    Cancer is a collection of related diseases characterized by the abnormal proliferation of cells and their spreading to surrounding or distant tissues. From a medical perspective, cancer is a very challenging disease because it is caused by the patient’s cells going haywire. This fact further complicates treatment, as the patient’s immune system typically does not mount strong reactions against cancer cells because they are identified as self. At initial developmental s .. ... READ MORE

    By: Andres Lorente
  • Cell Therapy: An Old Therapeutic Strategy Recently Gaining Traction

    Modern medicine relies on the statistical evaluation of new therapies versus placebo or the current standard of care (clinical trials) to identify the best treatments to alleviate or cure diseases. The approaches to understanding and treating disease have evolved significantly over time. Nowadays, the great basic-research advancements in our understanding of human genetics, physiology, biochemistry and cell biology in health and disease have opened the doors to many therapeut .. ... READ MORE

    By: Andres Lorente
  • How will the Internet of Things Impact your Industry?

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is a disruptive technology that takes wearable and wireless devices, the Internet, machine to machine learning and sensors to create a hyper-interconnected world. This technology has the potential to automate tasks, provide insights into consumer behavior and machine performance, and increase productivity and efficiency. The lower price point of sensors, the increased security and investment in the cloud and the growing trend of an innovative .. ... READ MORE

    By: Amanda Elliott
  • How Will Encryption Keep Internet of Things Data Secure?

    The idea of the Internet of Things, that everyday objects can connect to one another and transfer data, is fascinating and mesmerizing.  With the exponential amount of data accumulated and transferred, the main question for businesses besides what to do with all o .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Internet of Things: The Unavoidable Patent War

    Smartphones were the first personal devices to be connected to the internet and provided unlimited access to applications and information around the globe. Likewise, the Internet of Things (IoT) will ultimately be able to connect everyone and everything, more intimately than a smartphone. In moving towards a completely connected world, smartphones are considered to be a vanguar .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Game of Thrones: The Pitched Battle Over CRISPR Patent Turns Even Bitter

    Renowned as one of the biggest leaps in the field of biotechnology since the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), the CRISPR technology has drawn extensive attention from both academia as well as industry. However, the ownership of the CRISPR technology and its associated patent rights has been disputed since its .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • IoT: The Technological Disruptor of the Future

    The IT world has evolved vastly in the past few decades. We’ve come from room-sized computers to palm-sized personal smartphones. The next big thing in the world of IT is the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is a new form of technology that makes all your devices smart. Information can be exchanged between these devices via the internet without the need for any human interaction. The idea may seem scary to some but this is the future, and the infamous Internet of Things is .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Drones and IoT Surface as Red Knights of the Oil & Gas Industry

    There is no denying the fact that we are living in an extremely interconnected world with drones and sensors all around us. And, it is yet to become even more interconnected with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), a concept where everyday objects are connected to process and receive data. As ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • First Lung Cancer Trials Using CRISPR-Edited T Cells Start in August

    “We are trying to develop a last resort when everything else fails.” Says Lu You, oncologist and team leader at the West China Hospital affiliated with Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. His team, which is developing a method to infuse CRISPR/Cas9-edited T cells into patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer, .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Is Food Fraud Taking Over the Restaurant Industry?

    What is Food Fraud? Food fraud is an estimated to be a $50 billion annual industry. This booming enterprise makes a hefty profit by deliberately substituting, tampering or misrepresenting food components. Hence, the term ‘food fraud’ is used. How Is the Food Industry Getting Away With It? The fact is the ever increasing complex food industry has made .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • The Future of the Insurance Industry Amidst the Technological Evolution

    With the advent of technology, a number of technological concepts like big data analytics and the Internet of Things are predicted to be the next big disruptor for the insurance industry. In shaping the future of this industry, a number of other factors, as well, will influence its progress in the long run including demographic shifts, changing customer behaviours and shifting tren .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Edited MicroRNAs Boost Gene Silencing Diversity

    Gene expression is a highly complex process that takes place in every cell. Genes, which are small sections of DNA, code for proteins that are vital for the cell’s function and structure. After decades of researching gene expression, we now have a relatively clear picture of what’s going on. But, do we have the full picture ... READ MORE

    By: Goldi Kozloski
  • How to Treat Depression: Beyond Conventional Antidepressants

    Depression is a disorder with numerous medicinal remedies that either don’t work or result in relapse for the majority of those affected. As of this year, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) support, a new drug might be the answer to how we treat patients with depression. Earlier this year, a breakt .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rachna Duseja
  • How Hybrid Manufacturing Processes Could Revolutionize Industry

    Complexity is at the heart of innovating added value engineered products. Future products will be multi-functioning and made from a gradient of materials and properties. They will take into account environmental concerns like energy use and toxicity, and will perform on a level much higher than our current .. ... READ MORE

    By: Omar Fergani
  • Biopharming Anti-Malarials from Tobacco Plants?

    Through one mosquito bite, the insect can launch a red blood cell parasite into the bloodstream and cause malaria. With over 200 million new cases of malaria estimated to occur annually, the importance of readily available treatment is important in combat .. ... READ MORE

    By: Minttu Kansikas
  • Personalized Medicine: The Future Is Now

    I am 6 ft. and 154 lb. and last week I had a headache. I grabbed my trusted Paracetamol and read the On-label: “1-2 capsules every 4-6 hours,” it said. NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal, at 7 ft. 1 in and 325 lb. would have read the same recommendation. Would a drug’s pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics profile be identical in two individuals with physical profiles of such dichotomy? ... READ MORE

    By: Esdy Rozali
  • Internet of Nano Things: A New Paradigm

    The Internet of Things is built through sensors that are attached to things. These inexpensive microsensors and microprocessors pair with tiny power supplies and wireless antennas to transform everything from computers and mobile gadgets to ordinary things of the physical world; cars, locks, trackers and thermostats etc. In the field of IoT, Nanoscal .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Your Brain on Google Glass

    Researchers use functional near-infrared spectroscopy to measure mental workload as subjects navigate a college campus. "Smart" eyewear -- that can integrate augmented reality with your own, feed you live information about your surroundings and even be used in the operating room -- is no longer the stuff o .. ... READ MORE

    By: Drexel University
  • The Power of Paradox in Innovation

    To say and to do, which one are you in your organization? And even if some say and some do, what do we need from a leader to successfully innovate in a company? In the past decade, I have listened to many leaders across all sorts of industries and organizations talk about innovation, but very rarely .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ralph Kerle
  • Perovskite Solar Cells: Promises and Challenges

    Solar cells are marketed as a promising technology for generating clean energy. The Role of Price in Innovation: A decade ago, efficient, inorganic silicon solar cells were commercialized. Despite its potential, a significant bottleneck remained - price. It’s overall cost was significant in comparison to ele .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ashish Dubey
  • Why Companies are Moving from Closed to Open Innovation

    Until fifteen years ago, closed innovation was the gold standard for protecting proprietary information and beating out the competition. Closed innovation is based on a model of internal and centralized research and development, with all ideas being produced, developed, created, commercialized, and implemented in-house. Why Companies Preferred Keeping Ideas Internally There was a strongly held .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jessica Day
  • Innovation in Highly Complex Markets: Lessons from BJ Adaptaciones

    The innovation model of BJ Adaptaciones, a company specialized in designing solutions adapted for people with disabilities, gives us the keys to innovation in highly complex markets. BJ Adaptaciones is a Spanish assistive technology company offering solutions to people with disabilities. Such solutions aim to improve overall personal autonomy and well-being as well as facilitating communication and access to both .. ... READ MORE

    By: Susana Gonzalez Ruiz
  • Why We Can’t Cure This Deadly Cancer

    Not all cancers are the same. Each year, in the USA alone, approximately 10,000 new patients are diagnosed with glioblastoma, a severe form of brain cancer. Despite intense treatment plans and supportive care, the median survival rate remains approximately 12-15 months. This cancer of the central nervous system is the most common and lethal neoplasm of the central nervous system. Typical symptoms of glioblastoma include headaches, seizures, neurological deficits, memor .. ... READ MORE

    By: Seckin Akgul
  • Biotechnology Hubs and Future Incubators in Africa

    Innovation and invention in biotechnology has continued to escalate worldwide. As a result, biotech hubs and incubators have cropped up in niche U.S. cities like Raleigh, San Francisco and Chicago and regions like Asia and Europe to harness this scientific vigor. Africa has not been left behind. For the past few years, several African governments have .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kipchirchir Bitok
  • A World Without Washing Machines: How Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials Work With Self-Cleaning Fabrics

    Enjoying some sun while the laundry takes care of itself might be a dream not that far away. Researchers at RMIT’s Ian Potter Nanosensing Facility in Melbourne have developed a new way to fabricate self-cleaning cotton using light [1]. Their approach is extremely innovative and promises exciting applications in terms of .. ... READ MORE

    By: Olimpia Onelli
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences: The Future of Biotech in 100 Years?

    Many innovators try to predict the next big thing. Indeed, if we look back on some of those predictions made in the late 1970s and early 1980s on what year 2000 appears like, quite a few of them would make you laugh for their sheer exaggeration. In brief, it is 2016 now, and we still cannot cure cancer. Then, there were  far-more ambitious predictions such as human hibernation, ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Mobile Telecommunication Network Signals Could Improve Rainfall Observation in East Africa

    Wondering why you get bad reception on your phone during heavy rainfall? Well, scientists in Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have an explanation for you. Radio waves transmitted between antennas borne on cell phones masts (the carriers of telecom signals) are typically in the frequency range of 15 to 40 gigahertz. Atmospheric scientist, ... READ MORE

    By: Kumah Kwabena Kingsley
  • What is Open Innovation?

    Remember when you were in school and you had study sessions with a group in your class? That's open innovation. You have someone else's opinion in the work that you ultimately get credit for. Open innovation has a negative connotation to some, and it's downright genius to others. So, we are here to clear up some of the misconceptions about open innovation. We will show you projects that use it in .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • How Do Biotech Startups Become Successful?

    Taking an idea to market, and then to profit is not new, but it’s not a guarantee either. With the dawn of startups and innovation, we are going to look at three biotech startups success stories. Two started  in academia and then commercialized into biotech companies and the last one is an example from R&D experts. Pulmotect: Promising Results Backed Up By Professional Management PULMOTECT is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company developing a small mole .. ... READ MORE

    By: Yugang Wang
  • Scientists Discover Signaling Mechanism Involved in Limb Regeneration in Salamanders

    For the past 40 years, researchers have been trying to fully comprehend how salamanders regrow their limbs, tails and even retina. Harnessing that knowledge would help us pinpoint the differences between species, and would bring us closer to reactivate these regeneration mechanisms in mammals. Recently, a study made by Nacu and colleagues revealed important signaling mechanisms .. ... READ MORE

    By: Goncalo Rodrigues
  • Personalized Medicine: A New Era of Treatment?

    Personalized medicine (PM), the current buzzword in medicine, involves the use of tailor-made interventions based upon the environmental landscape and genetic makeup of the patient to obtain the most effective disease outcome – a complete cure. Also known as individualized or precision medicine, PM envisages that a generic therapeutic regimen will not be efficacious because of the tremendous variability in the genetic makeup of patients, thereby rendering patients to respon .. ... READ MORE

    By: Miriam Menezes
  • Artificial Micromotors for Cleaning Polluted Water

    Rapid increase in environmental pollution due to a fast growing population has become a concern, which requires serious political and scientific attention. Artificial micromotors hold a great potential to remove or destroy toxic chemicals from industrial wastewaters. What Are Artificial Micromotors? Artificial micromotors are tiny devices with dimensions several orders less than the thickness of a human hair, capable of undergoing autonomo .. ... READ MORE

    By: Muhammad Safdar
  • Biomass Storage: Small Solutions for a Big Problem

    Whilst concerns of energy security, climate change and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the demand and use of biomass for energy generation is on the rise. To meet this demand, biomass needs to be stored for extended periods of time in the form of pe .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ezinne Achinivu
  • New Technique Could Revolutionize Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy

    Scientists at the University of Exeter have developed a pioneering new technique that could revolutionise the surgical treatment of epilepsy. The team of scientists, led by Dr Marc Goodfellow and Professor John Terry, have developed the ground-breaking new method that can identify the specific regions of the brain that trigger seizures in people with epilepsy. The new technique is designed .. ... READ MORE

    By: University of Exeter
  • Why Companies Should Collaborate With Academia

    In history, it is evident that progress has always been inextricably bound with scientific leadership. In order to excel, whether it be in information technology, agriculture, biotechnology or renewable energy, companies must stay one step ahead of their competitors. Staying ahead is not possible without ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Will Artificial Intelligence Ever Surpass the Human Brain?

    A number of artificial intelligence (AI) enthusiasts have been predicting that machines will eventually surpass human intelligence in the foreseeable future. In some cases, when tasks are easily broken down into sequential, smaller arithmetical components, computers outperform the human brain, reflecting the lack of adaptation of the later to such problems. Despite this, the current overall consensus in the field is that computers still need to evolve significantly to match t .. ... READ MORE

    By: Giorgi Kharebava
  • Weight Loss Technologies Train the Brain to Resist Temptation

    Can a computer game train your brain to resist sweets? That’s the question Drexel University researchers hope to answer with one of two new studies launching this month. They have developed a computer game and smartphone app to help people control unhealthy eating habits and ultimately lose weight. The game is designed to improve a person’s “inhibitory control,” the part of the b .. ... READ MORE

    By: Drexel University
  • Overcoming the Barriers to Innovation

    In his 2015 Harvard Business Review article, “You Need an Innovation Strategy”, Harvard professor Gary Pisano argued that resource allocation decisions are limiting the ability of firms to embrace innovation. True, but why do we still see a lack of innovation, even when resources are provided? The ha .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jim Dewald
  • Can Lack of Sleep Be Making You Eat More?

    Ever wondered what makes us crave for a doughnut or that bar of chocolate in the afternoon after a night of binge watching Netflix until 3 am or after a night out with friends? A new study shows that losing sleep could result in an increased appetite and weight gain. What is Sleep? Sleep is a state of rest for the mind and body. It is a behavioral state characterized by the suspension of bodily functions, inhibition of the voluntary muscles and reduced but reversib .. ... READ MORE

    By: Pallavi Lamba
  • The Advent of the Internet of Things- Are Manufacturers Ready?

    In order to understand the tide of change which is being brought by the Internet of Things (IoT) and the consequent preparations which manufacturers across the globe are undertaking, it is vital to understand what the Internet of Things is in the first place. What i .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • So How Might a CFO Lead Innovatively?

    This article is Part 4 in a four part series on the CFO’s Role in Innovation Series.   An expensive operational black hole surfaced in a recent creative leadership workshop I conducted with 14 senior leaders in a multi-billion dollar South African headquartered retail chain. A Management Innovation Index benchmarking diagnostic revealed the main cause of this was the senior leadership team totally lacked any idea development skills capabiliti .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ralph Kerle
  • The Lego Game Of Macrolide Antibiotics

    What Are Semisynthetic Antibiotics? Since Alexander Fleming first discovered penicillin in his small laboratory at St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London in 1928, the research, development, and manufacture of antibiotics has been extensively associated with fermentation products from a wide range of different microorganisms, as well as chemical modifications of the structurally complex chemicals that followed. The combined process of fermentation and ensued chemi .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Inovio Pharmaceuticals and GeneOne Life Science Receive Approval for First-in-Man Zika Vaccine Clinical Trial

    PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. and SEOUL, South Korea, June 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:INO) and GeneOne Life Science, Inc. (KSE:011000) today announced that they have received approval to initiate a phase I human trial to evaluate Inovio’s Zika DNA vaccine (GLS-5700) to prevent infection from this concerning virus. In preclinical testing this synthetic vaccine induced robust antibody and T cell responses in small and large animal models, demon .. ... READ MORE

    By: Inovio Pharmaceuticals
  • What Could Happen If the CFO Was Placed In Charge Of Innovation?

    This article is Part 3 in a four-part series on the CFO's Role in Innovation Series.   One of the world's largest publicly listed multinational property and infrastructure companies decided to explore the concept of innovation. The company is highly regarded globally as an innovator. Its engineers have designed and built some of the world's most demanding 21st Century infrastructure. The challenge the senior leadership set itself was to transfer .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ralph Kerle
  • Evolution of Prenatal Diagnosis of Genetic Diseases

    Prenatal diagnosis consists of the detection of fetal conditions before birth. Detection of such diseases has been mainly performed by non-invasive techniques using a combination of ultrasound and maternal serum screening or via invasive techniques such as amniocentesis or cordocentesis. Invasive tests consist of fetal DNA collection through the insertion of a needle .. ... READ MORE

    By: Carolina Malcher
  • The Creative Skills Of the Chief Financial Officer

    This article is Part 2 in a four part series on the CFO's Role in Innovation Series.   Four years ago, I was asked to run an introductory workshop for a small group of CFOs (12) from major public companies on creative leadership and organizational creativity. "We are not creative and it is not our role to be" were the opening comments, perfectly capturing the sentiment in the room - hardly an encouraging start. It was only after one of the CFO's .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ralph Kerle
  • Medical Research Reveals New and Better Options For Breast Cancer Treatment

    Just as breast cancer is a common malignancy these days, extensive research in this domain has also become a common phenomenon. Traditionally, surgery and radiation therapy were the only two treatment options available to patients suffering from breast cancer. The decision as to which treatment option ought to be deployed depended upon the type and stage of cancer. These two options .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • Why the Chief Financial Officer Must Lead Organizational Innovation

    My research over the last decades shows organizations have spent substantial sums on building creativity and innovation capabilities, motivating employees to participate, only to see their innovation investment come to very little. Organizational anecdotes abound about exciting ideas with strong leadership support reaching the point of final decision making only to see them blocked for a whole series of reasons - personal and organizational risk aversion, political agendas, w .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ralph Kerle
  • Antisense Oligo Nucleotides: New Setbacks On a Promising Therapy

    Gene therapy can’t get a break. But, it can certainly use one. Just in the past few weeks, a new(er) type of gene therapy, Antisense Oligo Nucleotides, or ASOs for short, has seen two major setbacks. Two companies recently released reports detailing negative results for ASO based therapy. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in conjunction with Ionis (formerly Isis) Pharmaceuticals (ION), decided to pull the plug on a phase III trial designed to test its antisense drug IONIS-TTRrx, us .. ... READ MORE

    By: Gautam Rajpal
  • Polymorphism: Phase Change in Pharmaceutical Compounds

    The word polymorphism is derived from Greek words “poly” meaning many, and “morph” meaning shape. Joining both words together, in Greek, its meaning is a system with many different shapes. Hence, polymorphism is the ability of the chemical molecule to pack in more than one different crystalline lattice phase. Polymorphism has a number of applications in electronics, food, and pharmaceutics. Why Polymorphism Occurs The main cause behind the occurrence of pol .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ashokbhai Patel
  • Flight of the RoboBee

    Increasingly, researchers are designing robots with forms and functions that defy our expectation of what a machine can be or do. One of the more unexpected robotics applications in recent years comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF)-supported "RoboBees" project, which aims to create autonomous robotic insects capable of sustained, independent flight. Such robots could one day assist in reconnaissance, aid in remote communication, or even act as artificial pol .. ... READ MORE

    By: National Science Foundation
  • Fuel Additives: An Innovation Or Burden?

    Fuel additives are considered to be a modern day innovation of liquid engineering. According to U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in the past, the registration process for fuel additives was fairly simple. However, with the passage of time, in order to assess the probable impact of these additives on public health, it has to undergo complex testing. The History Of Fuel Additives The history of fuel additives can be trace .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shehwar Ali
  • New Devices, Wearable System ِAim To Predict, Prevent Asthma Attacks

    Researchers have developed an integrated, wearable system that monitors a user’s environment, heart rate and other physical attributes with the goal of predicting and preventing asthma attacks. The researchers plan to begin testing the system on a lar .. ... READ MORE

    By: NC State University
  • The Fear Barrier: Weighing Risk and Reward in Innovation

    Humans do not like change and dislike the disruption it brings. We like to know where we are and what we have to do. We only tolerate change when we perceive the need for it or when we have to. That size of “need” is different for every person. Doing something different creates a sense of fear in most of us. The unknown can be exciting, but fear is always in the emo .. ... READ MORE

    By: Harvey Wade
  • How to Get the First Follower for Your Idea

    The first phase, or “zero phase” of the innovation process is to convince the first person to step behind your idea. The best way to start is to go to someone in the organization who can fund it, or find a way to fund it. Then, your idea will get it's first push towards a better explanation an .. ... READ MORE

    By: Tomislav Buljubasic
  • Phase Change Materials: Basics, Building Materials & Beyond

    The term phase change may appear slightly peculiar and jargonish. However, both the concept and its application are not new. Imagine, for instance, you are pouring a bottle of Johnnie Walker into a fine Glen cairn whiskey glass with an ice ball. A full-fledged phase change is taking place right there and, simultaneously, your golden liquor is being chilled! As the crystal ball becomes slightly smaller, your golden liquor becomes a bit diluted, but you do not .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Monitoring Sun Exposure With a Portable Paper Sensor

    Summer is around the corner -- time for cookouts and sunbathing. But too much sun can result in sunburn, which is the main cause of skin cancer. Because the time it takes to get burned depends on many factors, it is not easy to tell when to seek shade. To help people stay safe, researchers report in ACS Sensors the development of a paper-based s .. ... READ MORE

    By: American Chemical Society
  • New Food Contact Materials Currently Molding the Industry

    In the search of new properties for food contact materials, scientists try to meet the needs of both industry and society. A major focus has been on reducing the ecological impact of the nowadays ubiquitous plastics, and looking for safer materials that do not need the use of plas .. ... READ MORE

    By: Gonzalo Delgado
  • Is Every Innovation a Win?

    In an article published by Scott Berkun in 2008, he begged his readers to “Stop Saying Innovation”. Berkun explains that innovation has been used to describe far too many things like prototypes, solutions, and designs. They’re not “innovations”. He argues that calling something “innovation” unnecessarily raises the stakes and asks you to prove something that you might not be able to live .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jessica Day
  • 2016 Rocky Mountain Biotechnology Symposium

    It  is inevitable and perhaps vital for the prosperity of any business for R&D executives at large or small corporations, start-ups and even sales departments in a local firm to integrate with academia on some level. This year, a number of CEOs teamed up with academia to brainstorm innovative ideas in Denver, Colorado for the Rocky Mountain Biotechnolo .. ... READ MORE

    By: Dmitry Baranov
  • 4 Easy Tips for Engaging the Crowd

    There are many different ways to take crowd information and turn it into actionable data that can guide innovation. But one of the best ways to invest in a worthwhile slate of ideas is to make sure that the crowd cares about your unique challenge… and doing that begins early in the innovation process. Engaging a crowd is a nuanced, rich procedure involving numerous disciplines from technology to communications. There are some basic guidelines, however, that .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jessica Day
  • Responsibility of the Imagination in Open Innovation

    Front End Innovation is an annual conference attended by 550 of the most forward-thinking minds in the world as well as 20 vendors that sell services specializing in innovation. The nearly 600 attendees all share a passion for advancing the world at an accelerated rate. There is an almost tangible energy inspired by the keynote speakers, and host Soon Yu of VF Cor .. ... READ MORE

    By: Catherine Lilly
  • Self-healing, Flexible Electronic Material Restores Functions After Many Breaks

    Researchers have developed a flexible electronic material that self-heals to restore many functions, even after multiple breaks. Here, the material is shown being cut in half. The healed material is still able to be stretched and hold weight. Electronic materials have been a major stumbling block for the advance of flexible electronics because existing materials do not function well after breaking and healing. A new electronic material created by an international .. ... READ MORE

    By: Penn State
  • Phase Change Materials: Disruptive Technology Webinar

    Phase Change Materials are a game-changer  with the potential to accelerate  the creation of major breakthroughs in technical areas spanning from robotics engineering to  drug delivery. The general concept of phase change is as simple as the transition from water to ice. R&D professionals and scientists around the world are now able to bring this transformation process to their industry through Phase Change Materials. PreScouter will break down the ongoing devel .. ... READ MORE

    By: Amanda Elliott
  • Berkeley Lab Scientists Brew Jet Fuel in One-Pot Recipe

    JBEI researchers use engineered bacteria to simplify biofuels production, potentially lowering cost. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have engineered a strain of bacteria that enables a “one-pot” method for producing advanced biofuels from a slurry of pre-treated plant material. The Escherichia coli (E. coli) is able to tolerate the liquid salt used to break apart plant b .. ... READ MORE

    By: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • A Vitamin That Stops the Aging Process Of Organs

    By administering nicotinamide riboside to elderly mice, EPFL researchers restored their organs’ ability to regenerate and prolonged their lives. This method has potential for treating a number of degenerative diseases. Nicotinamide riboside (NR) is pretty amazing. It has already been shown in several studies to be effective in boosting metabolism. And now a team of researchers at EPFL's Laboratory of Integrated Systems Physiology (LISP), headed by Johan Auwerx, .. ... READ MORE

    By: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Oral Probiotics: Fighting Bacteria with Bacteria

    UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, FL, USA. Dental researchers at the University of Florida, have discovered a microbe that may serve as oral probiotics for teeth. These "good bacteria" aka probiotics may allow the mouth to protect itself naturally from cavities and tooth decay. Searching For Oral Probiotics The two researchers who carried out this study are Marcelle Nascimento and Robert Burne. The process of looking for bacteria that would serve as an oral probiotic  .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Power of Brain Stimulation: From Light To Nano

    Artificial brain stimulation has been used to both study and treat certain neurological conditions such as depression, Parkinson’s disease, autism, Tourette syndrome and epilepsy. The current techniques used for brain stimulation include non-invasive electrical and ultrasound stimulation approaches, implanted micro-magnetic stimulation devices and deep brain stimulation approaches. This plethora of stimulation approaches differ in their desired effect and intensity, as well .. ... READ MORE

    By: Minttu Kansikas
  • Brain Implant Helps Quadriplegic Man Regain Control of Hand

    FEINSTEIN INSTITUTE IN MANHASSET, NEW YORK. A quadriplegic man has been given the ability to move his hand for the first time in five years after suffering a paralyzing spinal cord injury. The technology involves implanting electrodes in the part of the brain responsible for controlling movement. The invention of this technology is a breakthrough since it may help individuals who are unable to move certain body parts such as legs and arms, as a result of accidents, to b .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Tissues and Organs on Demand? How 3D Bioprinters May Revolutionize Medicine

    The ITOP and Regenerative Medicine Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), Anthony Atala  and his group have been working on 3D printed tissues for a long time, and his popular TED talk in 2011: “Printing a Human Kidney”, certainly raised the expectations for what 3D printing could do for regenerative medicine.  Now, five years later, .. ... READ MORE

    By: Goncalo Rodrigues
  • After the Paris Agreement Announcement: Bill Gates’ Vision

    Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world, had included clean energy and climate change as one of the items on his agenda in 2010. He then invested in a number of energy frontiers in the following five years such as new battery and solar technologies, safer nuclear power plants, tethered high-flying turbines, and systems that might someday remove the long-lasting planet-warming emission from fuel burning and carbon dioxide. In an interview with Gates, posted in the < .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Earth Day: A Dream on Elm Street

    Every year, Earth Day campaigns are introduced to increase awareness on the need of a sustainable environment for our planet and to stress climate changing issues. April 22 marks this “green” loving day. The Earth Day theme for 2016 is “Trees for the Earth”. The goal for the 50th anniversary of Earth day in 2020 is to plant 7.8 billion trees, that is one tree for every one of us! Why Plant a Tree There are many reasons to plant a tree on Earth Da .. ... READ MORE

    By: Erika Sayuri Naruzawa
  • The DIWire: Bending the Future One Wire at a Time

    What is the DIWire? As the world is trying to move away from its dependency on dedicated machine shops for fabrication, 3D printers are giving people the freedom to make their own fixtures, art and products right at home. With 3D printer technology becoming easily accessible day by day, it is now easier to bring your very own concepts into reality. Many people would like to build their own things at home and avoid the wait, pay and hassle of hiring someone to do so. .. ... READ MORE

    By: Subrat Jain
  • How Dressed-to-Impress Cancer Meds Can Penetrate Tumors Better Than Current Strategies

    DREXEL UNIVERSITY, PHILADELPHIA, USA AND SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA, USA. Drexel University researchers' new method of accessing the cellular masses of a tumor by giving nanoparticles a new look has been found to be four times more effective at delivering nanoparticles into a solid tumor than one of the current best strategies being used. Various biomedical researchers have been searching for better ways to deliver effective medication to tumors in the human body. This chall .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Scientists Discover Plastic-Eating Bacteria That Could Help Clean Oceans

    KYOTO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, KYOTO, JAPAN AND KEIO UNIVERSITY, TOKYO, JAPAN. A plastic-eating bacterium was discovered by a team of Japanese scientists. This discovery can lead to the development of an alternative method of recycling tons of plastic bottles worldwide. In search of alternative ways for managing more than 50 million tons of polyethylene terephthalate or PET plastic bottles, a team of Japanese scientists collected 250 PET-contaminated samples including sedi .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • A Smart Tool that Could Change How Computers Manage Information

    Intranetum, a smart knowledge management tool for companies could be the next big thing in the way computers organize information. Their big secret is… deleting folders. The founders of Intranetum were leading Iskra, a technology agency specialized in information knowledge management. They make technically possible what their clients need (web and mobile .. ... READ MORE

    By: Susana Gonzalez Ruiz
  • Wi-Fi Powered Internet Gadgets

    UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, WA, USA. In the near future, even the smallest internet-connected device will no longer need a battery or even a power cord to make it work. A newly-developed technology will soon be available for commercialization. This new technology will allow electronic gadgets to work and even connect using energy coming from a nearby cellular phone, a radio, a TV set or even Wi-Fi signals around. A group of researchers from the University of Washington devel .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • REPOST: Why Thinking “Outside the Box” Is Not Very Creative

    By Orin Davis I’m not sure who got people to believe that creativity is about “thinking outside the box,” but lots of people are talking about it. I have seen it in a slew of blog posts, articles and job descriptions and I have fielded any number of questions about it from companies that want to hire “creative” people. Managers want to hire people who d .. ... READ MORE

    By: Orin Davis
  • Cardiovascular Genomics: Linking Genes to Heart Disease

    Around the globe, cardiovascular diseases are one of the leading causes of death. In 2013, one of every three deaths in the US was due to a cardiovascular disease. It is anticipated that these numbers will continue to increase to reach 23.6 million deaths in 2030 - unless a breakthrough in treating or preventing heart-related diseases is made. Cardiovascular genomics is a new field of science that primarily focuses on characterizing genetic risks of heart disease .. ... READ MORE

    By: Aditi Joshi
  • Cheaper and More Eco-Friendly Method for Making Biofuels

    THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. A new way of delivering carbon dioxide to microalgae that can be harvested to make renewable fuels like biodiesel was developed by a group of biomolecular and chemical engineers. The study was published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science. Professor Sandra Kentish and her team developed this new technique since the currently existing methods require lots of energy and are very costly. It is a known fact that ca .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Vitamin C: A Potential Breakthrough in the Fight Against Cancer

    A recent breakthrough study from the laboratory of Lewis Cantley at the Weill Cornell School of Medicine reported the use of vitamin C therapy in diminishing tumor size. The researchers were investigating colorectal cancer caused in part by mutations in KRAS and BRAF. They first asked whether adding or supplying high doses of vitamin C to cancer cells growing in a petri dish can ultimately lead to their demise. To investigate this hypothesis further, the scientists set forth .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shakir Sayani
  • The Little Big Microbiota

    The microorganisms within us form our essential, yet medically underexploited, microbiota. Our understanding of the diversity and significance of the microbiota has vastly increased with the development of modern laboratory techniques to the point where it has been referred to as our microbial organ. Perhaps this is not surprising as, at the cellular level, these microorganisms out-number our own cells by a number of times.  While the microbiota stretches out to most corners .. ... READ MORE

    By: Minttu Kansikas
  • New Ice Skating Device Prevents Injuries

    ITHACA COLLEGE, NEW YORK, USA. A new advancement in the area of ice skating has been developed by a group of researchers. The cutting-edge development is a "smart" ice skating blade which can provide accurate statistical information on impact and strain during each use. This gadget is created to measure power and effort while skating, especially for the sport of figure skating. It would also assist trainers in preventing player injuries. A figure skater experiences a lot o .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Bacterial Biofilms: Promising Platforms to Design Nanomaterials

    Biofilms are communities of bacteria embedded in a slimy yet extremely tough matrix of extracellular material composed of sugars, proteins and genetic material. During the process of biofilm formation, individual bacteria produce proteins that have the ability to self-assemble outside the cell, creating tangled networks of fibers that keep the cells glued together. Right from the slippery stones in a riverbed to the plaque on your teeth to the film that develops on the mem .. ... READ MORE

    By: Gurshagan Kandhola
  • Can Mobile, Non-Formal Learning Address Sustainable Development Goals?

    For most youth in developing countries, formal education is costly, inaccessible, exclusive, and based on Western educational systems. Formal education systems are limited in their ability to adapt to the needs of underprivileged students, only leaving these youth further marginalized. This falls short of Sustainable Development Goal 4, which is to provide equitable and inclusive quality education and life-long learning opportunities for all. With 1.8 billion youth around the .. ... READ MORE

    By: Willice Onyango
  • The 20 Year Long March of Transgenic Salmon: From Petri Dish to Baking Dish

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally approved the sale and human consumption of a genetically modified (GM), fast-growing salmon in the US market. The salmon, commercially branded as AquAdvantage™, was developed by AquaBounty Technologies in Maynard, MA. On the day of the FDA clearance, the share of Intrexon Corp (NYSE: XON), the majority owner of AquaBounty, went up by 7.3% and closed at $37.55. The research and development of AquAdvantage™ salmon sta .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Using Stem Cells in Re-Seeding Hairlines

    UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA, MANITOBA, CANADA AND NANFANG HOSPITAL OF SOUTHERN MEDICAL UNIVERSITY, GUANGDONG PROVINCE, CHINA. A new way in treating hair loss with the use of stem cells was developed by a team of scientists from Canada and China. This is a more practical method in treating alopecia or hair loss, a condition that is caused by diseases, medicine and aging. The team was led by Malcolm Xing from the University of Manitoba and Zhi-Qi Hu from the Nanfang Hospital of S .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Uncovering Honey’s Antimicrobial Potential Against Drug-Resistant Bacteria

    Following their discovery in 1928 and since world war two in particular, antibiotics have been used and abused so extensively that some strains of bacteria have acquired resistance relatively quickly against multiple types of antibiotics through mutations. Such strains are called superbugs like MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and the even more lethal VRSA (vancomycin-resistant S. aureus). With hardly any new antibiotics expected to see the .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ahmed Elnagar
  • Smart Sensor Technology for Next Generation Power Grids

    Rapid urbanization, more electrification, growing industrialization, and expanding digitalization have imposed an ever increased demand of electrical energy and reliability. Network planning, operation, regulation, and business models of today's power grids are undergoing technological advances that revive the operation of the actual grid and enable profound transformations in the electricity system ... READ MORE

    By: Muhammad Shafiq
  • The Potential of 3D Printing in the Food Industry

    During recent years, 3D printing has been under the spotlight. People are excited and intrigued about the idea that this technique can provide products with mass customization and infinite variety without requiring specialist skills. 3D printing is considered as a type of industrial robot, which represents various processes used to create a three-dimensional object and is operated by stacking successive layers of material under computer control to form any shape or geometry. .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jue Jin
  • Metamaterials: Invisibility Cloaks and Other Wonders

    The advances that material science has made in the last few decades are leading towards smarter and smarter materials. All branches of technology are benefiting from these advances, from semiconductors to sensing devices. There is, however, one class of materials showing to be more special than any other: the metamaterials. Borrowing their name from the Greek μετά- meaning "to go beyond", metamaterials are engineered to exhibit properties that do not occur in nature. I .. ... READ MORE

    By: Olimpia Onelli
  • CRISPR: What can be Cured Must not be Endured

     Introduction: As the demand for synthetic genes keeps on increasing, CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats), a gene editing technique full of promise, is being used more and more in the food industry, agriculture and in industrial products. A market research company states that the genome editing market, including techniques such as CRISPR, transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN) or Zinc finger nuclease (ZFN), i .. ... READ MORE

    By: Aditi Joshi
  • Apple Pay: A Revolution in Secure Mobile Payment Services

    Apple Pay is a NFC (near field communication) payment system which allows users to make purchases by holding their iOS device near a checkout machine in a store or by a single touch within apps. Currently, this service is available in the US, UK, Australia and Canada. Apple Pay provides an easier and more secure payment method for customers. Users don’t need to enter card information online or slide a card and show to cashiers anymore. Devices containing a NFC chip and s .. ... READ MORE

    By: Xiaojun Wang
  • Are Quadrotor Drones Going to Invade our Skies?

    Starting from a couple millions of dollars in 2010, the quadrotor drone market has exploded in the last 5 years to reach more than $1 billion in 2015. From a geek’s toy, the quadrotor drone has become a professional tool for a growing number of businesses. So what has happened in the last 5 years to spark this revolution? Here we will discuss what a quadrotor drone is, how it evolved through two generations and what is coming in the near future for the third generation. .. ... READ MORE

    By: Francois Callewaert
  • Upcoming Wearables: Google’s Smart Contact Lens that Measures Glucose Levels

    With all the wearable technology plugging into healthcare, Google surprises us again by announcing its collaboration with Novartis, a pharmaceutical company, to develop smart contact lenses that help patients manage diabetes. Approximately 10% of the US population suffers from diabetes. Regardless of the disease stage, constant monitoring of blood glucose level is required for all. Currently, two methods exist to help patients with blood glucose monitoring. One involves pr .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sali Liu
  • The Rise of Bispecific Antibodies in 2015

    The concept of using monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) for therapeutic purposes was devised a long time ago, mainly taking advantage of the high specificity of antigen-antibody interactions for drug delivery by means of targeted cytotoxicity. Indeed, Orthoclone OKT3, the first therapeutic monoclonal antibody for the prevention of kidney transplant rejection, entered the market as early as 1986. Such concepts of utilizing the high specificity of monoclonal antibodies gradually evol .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • ‘Mini-brains’ in a Dish: Unlocking the Mysteries of Human Brain Development

    With a rapidly aging population, age-related neurodegenerative diseases are becoming a major issue of public health worldwide. Although mouse models have proven invaluable to identify mechanisms for a variety of diseases, the complexity of the human brain has made it difficult to study brain disorders in model organisms. Scientists at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) in Vienna (Austria) have now overcome these limitations and devised strategies to grow minia .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rene Adam
  • Saving Water and Energy in the Shower Without Compromise

    For over a hundred years, not much has changed in shower technology. The design of nozzles has been pretty much the same and very less has been done on part of water saving. But in 2010, Carlos, one of the co-founders of Nebia, began finding a solution to reduce water consumption in his health club. In 2015, with the help of the other co-founders and engineers, Nebia came up with a prototype shower that uses 70% less water than a typical shower head and is 13 times thermally .. ... READ MORE

    By: Subrat Jain
  • Scientists Develop Flexo-Electric Nanomaterial

    UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE, ENSCHEDE, NETHERLANDS. The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Barcelona, Spain and Cornell University, New York, USA have announced the development of a flexo-electric nanomaterial. This ground-breaking innovation can either generate electricity when its shape is changed or when an electrical voltage is applied, change its shape. Professor Guus Rijnders, one of the researchers, said that this flexo-electric nanomaterial has opened th .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • First Mind-Controlled Vehicle Developed in China

    NANKAI UNIVERSITY, TIANJIN, CHINA. The world's first mind-controlled vehicle was developed in China that does not utilize anything except for brain power to navigate. Special equipment was incorporated so that the driver could move forward, backward, lock, unlock and stop the vehicle. The research was headed by Associate Professor Duan Feng, from Nankai University's College of Computer and Control Engineering. The main inspiration of the project was to help disabled people .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • NC State Scientists Create New Phase of Carbon Harder than Diamonds

    Recently, researchers at North Carolina State University discovered a new solid phase of carbon that they have coined ‘Q-carbon’. Graphite and diamonds are the best known solid phases of carbon, and Q-carbon is best viewed as a new type of diamond. The authors claim Q-carbon is harder and has a higher luster than diamonds in addition to possessing ferromagnetic and electro-conductive properties. The work was described in two papers published in the journal APL Materia .. ... READ MORE

    By: William Montgomery
  • Penn State Research: Herpes Virus Can Infect Human Neuronal Cells

    The Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) is one of a few highly ubiquitous herpes viruses that infects an estimated 90% - 95% of the adult population without noticeable symptoms, regardless of demographics or locations. As a large double-stranded DNA virus, EBV belongs to the human gammaherpesvirus group (human herpesvirus 4). Though this virus mainly infects primary B lymphocytes, it also demonstrates the ability to infect other lymphocytes and a certain type of epithelial cells. Transm .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • MIT Develops New Technique to Desalinate Sea Water via Shock Electrodialysis

    MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, MA, USA. A new technique known as shock electrodialysis has been developed to separate salt from water. It is an affordable, easy and effective method. Shock electrodialysis is comparable to conventional methods but this process does not involve some of the problems associated with popular desalination methods like boiling water that requires too much energy and clogging of filters. This new method is specifically designed to help disast .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • A Combination of Electric Cars and Solar Energy Could Tackle Global Warming

    Global warming has been identified as one of the main challenges of modern society, as it is expected to make the life of billions of people harsher. Moreover, it is likely that we will be faced with the complete depletion of fossil fuels before the end of the century. Fortunately, a myriad of solutions have emerged in the past few decades to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels and tackle the global warming issue. Among these solutions, renewable energies (solar, wind, .. ... READ MORE

    By: Francois Callewaert
  • Proactive Condition Monitoring Could Predict and Prevent Electricity Network Failures

    In today’s world, we all are well aware of the significance of electricity in our lives. Households, hospitals, transportation, education, communication, banking systems, security services, online services, all kinds of sophisticated as well as traditional industrial processes, even the availability of basic needs such as air and water, are highly dependent on the functioning and flawless supply of electrical power. Therefore, reliability of the power supply is a .. ... READ MORE

    By: Muhammad Shafiq
  • The Bloodhound Project: How Fast Can they Blast?

    With only a little more than a month since its public launch on September 24th, the Bloodhound project is still sparking curiosity not only amongst engineers but also anybody interested in what technology is capable of when pushed to its limits. Started in 2008 by Richard Noble, holder of the land speed record from 1983 to 1997 and previously project director of the team building the vehicle which is currently holding the land speed record, the project is aimed at reaching .. ... READ MORE

    By: Francesca Donadoni
  • Monitoring Plastic Pollution in the Oceans—Promising Technologies

    Earlier this year, it was calculated that in 2010, 275 million metric tons of plastic waste was generated around the world, and as much as 12.8 million metric tons ended up in the oceans. Currently, scientists are using technology that was state of the art in the 1960s to study this massive problem. This technology is made up of a net towed by a research ship and then hand counting the thousands of plastic pieces collected. While nets and research ships will always be crucial .. ... READ MORE

    By: Kristen Mitchell
  • Could a Pig Save a Human Life?

    The idea of overcoming the limited availability of transplantation organs by using non-human donors is not a new one. Understandably however, the challenges involved as well as the potential life-saving impact are notable. Challenges of cross-species transplantation Already in the 1960s, it was noted that the non-human to human organ transplantation posed immunological challenges far more complex than those seen between individuals of the same species. .. ... READ MORE

    By: Minttu Kansikas
  • CDC Report: Columbian Man Diagnosed with Cancer of Tapeworm Origin

    In the field of cancer research, there has been a long-held belief that cancer, also known as a malignant tumor or neoplasm, is the result of the unregulated proliferation of cells that invade or spread to undesired parts of the body. Surely, such invasive cells originate from within a patient’s body and are not horizontally transferrable between patients (non-infectious and non-pandemic), not to mention between species. However, a recent case study reported by the CDC may .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Processed Meats Classified as Carcinogenic by WHO

    How many of us eat and love processed meats, such as sausages and hotdogs? Have you ever considered the amount of processed meats you eat regularly? At today’s fast pace of life, it is inevitable, for many reasons, that we prefer food that has been processed rather than cooking from raw materials. Whatever the numbers and life situations may be, it is probably time to change. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that processed meat causes cancer and that red meat .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sali Liu
  • CRISM – The Instrument that Found Water on Mars

    “The eyes are the mirror of the soul,” as the saying goes. A chemist’s version of this saying would probably sound like: a spectrometer is the mirror of chemical composition. Recently, exciting news was brought to our planet by a spectrometer gazing at Mars. A research paper* published by a group of American scientists in Nature Geoscience at the end of September reported evidence of hydrated salts in Martian lineae (long markings on the planet’s surface). This fin .. ... READ MORE

    By: Dmitry Baranov
  • Japanese Scientists Create Glass Nearly as Hard as Steel

    THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, TOKYO, JAPAN AND THE JAPAN SYNCHROTRON RADIATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE. A team of researchers have developed a kind of glass that is stronger than other metals and just about as strong as steel. A glass that is impervious to breaking can be extremely useful in a lot of applications from skyscrapers to smartphones, tablets and car windows. The team of Japanese researchers were searching for ways that would make traditional glass more durable and strong .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Hormonal Contraceptive, Depo-Provera, Linked to Slightly Higher HIV Risk

    Depo-Provera, a popular and highly efficacious hormonal contraceptive, has been linked to increased risk of HIV infection in certain global regions where HIV transmission is still highly problematic. Depo-Provera is an injection of synthetic progesterone administered every twelve weeks, totaling four injections each year. It exhibits its contraceptive action by inhibiting follicle maturation and suppressing ovulation, two events that occur naturally during the midpoint of the .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shannon Allen
  • Vampires Zapped: Orally Administered Drug Suggests New Approach in Malaria Prevention

    Malaria prevention in under-developed regions, such as Sub-Saharan Africa, has been demonstrated to be both resource-demanding as well as labor intensive. Currently, the methods of prevention mainly focus on the elimination of Anopheles, the definitive host of Plasmodium falciparum, thus breaking the life cycle of the parasitic protozoa. This prevention strategy, albeit being proven effective in many countries such as China and Thailand, requires a large amo .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Wright Brothers Institute Collaboration with PreScouter to Innovate Air Force Fuel Technology

    The increasing cost of fossil fuels coupled with escalating environmental concerns have steered research towards safer and much cheaper biological alternatives. Synthetic biology has the potential to help in various ways by creating economical and renewable biofuels. The ease in which we are able to alter and genetically engineer organisms allows for better efficiency and optimization of an organism’s energy. The Air Force, being interested in fuel technology, powers uni .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jessie Towns
  • Pharmaceutical Excipients: Just how “Inactive” are they?

    A classical pharmaceutical formulation consists of an active pharmaceutical ingredient as well as a number of non-active ingredients. The active pharmaceutical ingredient is considered to be the main medicine component in the formulation which is responsible for the therapeutic effect. The non-active ingredients, also known as excipients, are added to the active pharmaceutical ingredient for a variety of applications including, but not limited to, dilution, solubility, compre .. ... READ MORE

    By: Mitulkumar Patel
  • Genetically-Modified Pets: Markets, Concerns and Possible Solutions

    Sus domesticus, often called swine or hog, or more commonly and simply, just “pig”, have been considered as a domestic animal that traces back to the Tigris Basin around 12,000 BC. In addition to its important role as a food source, this animal, when still in its young form (a piglet), bears a resemblance of extravagant cuteness that easily grasps the very heart of any pet lover. However, as farm breeders, scientists and animal rights proponents frequently point out, the .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • What Overeating Can Do to Your Body

    It has perhaps happened to all of us sometimes in our life: the urge to indulge in fast-food. And, moreover, we have been all tempted to order a larger size of the side order of fries. However, fortunately, for most of us this may not be a common occurrence. Yet there are millions of individuals that maintain a fast-food diet. One question beyond the obvious unhealthy factor and the weight gain is the slow but subtle changes associated with the consumption of fast food. How d .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shakir Sayani
  • IoT Industrial Revolution: Towards the Next Societal Disruption

    [Part 1] “IoT represents the next major economic and societal disruption enabled by the Internet […] It offers a way to merge the digital and virtual worlds into a new smart environment which senses, analyses and adapts” [Peter Friess, “The Hyperconnected Society”]. ... READ MORE

    By: Sanda Berar
  • Scientists Develop Biofortified Rice with High Folate Stability

    Folate or folic acid, also known as vitamin B9, is an essential nutrient involved in numerous body functions, including DNA synthesis and repair, production of red blood cells, and rapid cell division and growth, especially in infancy and pregnancy. Since the human body cannot make folate, our dietary supply must meet the daily requirement (~400 µg). Folate deficiency may result in diarrhea, depression, anemia, Alzheimer disease, neural tube defects and brain defects during .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jue Jin
  • Self-Propelling Powder that Stops Bleeding in Hard to Reach Areas

    UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA. Researchers developed the world's first self-propelled particles that can deliver coagulants against the blood flow to treat severe bleeding. This is a major advancement especially in trauma care scenarios. Christian Kastrup, an assistant professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology and the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia, and his team looked and developed an eff .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Using 3D Printed Teeth for a Bacteria-Free Mouth

    UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN, GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS. A team developed an antimicrobial plastic that can be used in printing 3D teeth. This is a great innovation since existing implants can actually create more maintenance expenses due to bacterial damage. This new method can also get rid of foul-tasting plaster casts and even dirt. Andreas Herrmann of the University of Groningen and his team developed an antimicrobial plastic that can be used in printing 3D teeth. In the US, m .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded for Research on DNA Repair Mechanisms

    After spending a whole week of holiday on the sunny beach of the Mediterranean Sea, Sarah finally had all her luggage packed and flew back to the gloomy, rainy Manchester in Lancashire, England. Needless to say, Sarah, as most of her Anglo-Saxon friends, is now glowing as red as a lobster after her week-long bath under the Mediterranean Sun. But she is confident that the red blush will fade away within the next two weeks or so, just as it has been doing for the previous twent .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • The Nobel Prize 2015: A Resurgence of Neglected Tropical Diseases Research

    In the early hours of October the 5th, Professor Urban Lendahl, secretary of the Nobel committee for physiology or medicine, continued with the century long tradition of announcing the winners of the first category of the Nobel Prizes 2015: The prize in physiology or medicine. This year, the prize will be jointly awarded to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura for their discoveries “concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites” .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Could Synthetic Genomics Save Bananas?

    What is loved about bananas is that you can just peel it and it’s ready to eat. Bananas are not only nutritious but also popular in smoothies, milkshakes, banana splits, cakes and more. However, no one can predict that the same bananas we know now will exist forever. In the 1950s, the banana cultivar Gros Michel aka Big Mike was menaced by the microscopic fungus, Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense, the causative agent of Panama disease. Another cultivar, Ca .. ... READ MORE

    By: Erika Sayuri Naruzawa
  • Microbial Fuel Cells: Turning Waste to Power

    One of the major challenges for the energy industry in the coming century is to combine efficient production of energy with ecological standards. With an increasing emphasis put on the development of “green” energies, the work of Dr. Yan-Yu Chen and Dr. Hsiang-Yu Wang from Taiwan University shed a new light on the microbial fuel cell application. The authors developed a technology that allows producing “green” electricity using polluted water as fuel, combining cleani .. ... READ MORE

    By: Grigori Singovski
  • Innovative Sunblock Doesn’t Penetrate Skin, Eliminating Serious Health Concerns

    YALE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, YALE UNIVERSITY IN CONNECTICUT, USA. A new sunblock made from bioadhesive nanoparticles that stays on the skin's surface was developed to eliminate possible health concerns associated with commercial sunscreens. Professor Mark Saltzman and his team wanted to develop a sunblock that won't go deep into the skin and enter the bloodstream. Commercial sunblocks penetrate the skin and can cause hormonal side effects and even promote the type of skin canc .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Hybrid Biomaterials Form a Co-assembling Nanowire

    Applications of man-made biomolecular nanostructures made from proteins or DNA range from drug delivery systems and molecular biosensors to nanoscale robots.  Justifiably, hybrid biomaterials can compile a wider range of desired functional and structural properties than single-component biomaterials, the latter being functionally limited by the defined properties of their constituting material. Hybrid bio-assemblies are usually composed of a DNA backbone to which proteins ca .. ... READ MORE

    By: Minttu Kansikas
  • Repairing a Damaged, Beating Heart with Glue

    HARVARD UNIVERSITY, MA, USA. An intricate surgical device that delivers glue to internal organs through keyhole incisions makes it possible to repair tissue defects and wounds in the stomach, heart and abdominal walls with minimal injury. Ellen Roche and her colleagues at Harvard University developed a surgical device comprised of a flexible mirror, a contraption made from 2 balloons, a special repair patch that is pre-coated with light-activated glue and a fiber-optic cab .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Discovery of New System for Genome Editing to Dramatically Improve Genetic Engineering

    It is of no doubt that the recent advancements of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing technique has provided a huge boost to the genetic research field. Evolutionary, as a defensive mechanism found in some bacteria and archaea against invasive viruses and exploited by the Church group in Harvard and Zhang group in MIT, such a genome-editing technique is gradually becoming the standard protocol for performing genetic engineering in a wide range of organisms, from cells and animals .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • How Innovation Occurs: Lessons from Sports

    The history of tennis and high jump shows us that major innovations may emerge from small and insignificant facts. However, we also discover that innovation is only one step in a chain of events and changes in the material and cultural conditions. TENNIS: THE OVERHAND SERVE Originally, tennis players used a leather or cork ball and used their hands or leather gloves as rackets. It was played in narrow, indoor courts with a net much higher than nowadays. .. ... READ MORE

    By: Susana Gonzalez Ruiz
  • The Next Generation Computer: Bio-computers – Computers Inside Living Cells

    Imagine if you could control the metabolism of cells or organs in your body to cure diseases such as diabetes and obesity! This is no longer impossible with the idea of bio-computers. With the development of nanotechnology, scientists now have the ability to build computers using biologically derived molecules, such as DNA and RNA, to implement computational functions. The most potential applications of bio-computers is concentrated on illness detection, drug release and othe .. ... READ MORE

    By: Yu Qiu
  • The Evasive Agents: How Drug-delivering Nanoparticles Avoid the Immune System

    The use of artificially-designed and synthesized nanoparticles as drug delivery vehicles into the human body via bloodstream infusion or direct injection has been widely applied in recent years. However, there is one important factor that severely restricted the application of such nanoparticle drug delivery mechanism: the immune system and the accompanied immune responses. The drug-delivering nanoparticles, whose surface epitopes are drastically different from endogenous pro .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Analytical Chemistry and the Hidden Risks of Laser Tattoo Removal

    It might not be obvious from everyday experience, but according to the 2012 Harris Poll, one in .. ... READ MORE

    By: Dmitry Baranov
  • The New Herbalism: Synthetic Biology Provides Alternative Sources for Herbal Extracts

    Throughout human history, there has been an extensive reliance on herbs (and their extracts) as sources of medicine, and such dependence still stands today. Indeed, a significant number of blockbuster drugs, ranging from quinine extracted from Cinchona and Remijia spp. for malaria treatments to paclitaxelfrom pacific yew (Taxus brevifolia) for tumor suppression, are still being extracted from plants rather than using chemical synthesis appr .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Wearables and Predictive agents: Towards Better Behaving, Cognitive-offloaded Humans

    “A general “law of least effort” applies to cognitive […] exertion. The law asserts that if there are several ways of achieving the same goal, people will eventually gravitate to the least demanding course of action. In the economy of action, effort is a cost, and the acquisition of skill is driven by the balance of benefits and costs. Laziness is built deep into our nature. .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sanda Berar
  • US Government Announces Proposal to Revise Current Regulations Related to Human-Subjects Research

    On 8th of September, the Federal Register published a notice jointly made by 14 US government agencies including, prominently, the Health and Human Services Department (HHS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), that announces their intentions to revise the current policies regarding the protection of human subjects. As noticed in the summary of the proposal, the main aim of this policy revision (Notice of Proposed Rul .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Flu Vaccine: The End of Gambling with Nature?

    With the last bit of thunderstorm warning retreats into Lake Michigan, the hot and humid mist that once stretched from Willis Tower to Hancock Center dissipates – the summer time in Chicagoland is coming to an end and its renowned harsh winter is approaching quickly. As usual, local pharmacies, such as CVS and Walgreens, begin to prepare their autumn advertisement campaign on flu vaccines. Within a few weeks, large billboards bearing the sign of flu vaccination will be on d .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Navigating Sensitive Soft Tissues Using Robotically Steered Flexible Needles

    UNIVERSITY OF TWENTE, ENSCHEDE, NETHERLANDS. Robotically steering flexible needles have been produced to reach tissues with sub-millimeter accuracy. These flexible needles can easily avoid sensitive tissues, obstacles and can reorient their path in real time as they  are being inserted. PhD candidate, Momen Abayazid who is affiliated with the research institute MIRA of the University of Twente, demonstrated his doctoral research on these robotically steered flexible needl .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Taxibots: The Possible Future of Personal Transportation

    It is 7:30am. You just had your breakfast and are now leaving your building with your two kids. In front of the door, a driverless car is waiting, displaying your name on its doors. You enter the car which greets you and starts to drive towards your kids’ school. After leaving your kids at school, the car resumes driving towards your working place while you enjoy reading the news and consulting your emails on the display provided. When you arrive, the car lets you out in fr .. ... READ MORE

    By: Francois Callewaert
  • IOT Persuasive Applications: Getting the Environment to Help in Achieving our Goals

    One of the most attractive applications for consumer IOT consists of creating a physical environment that supports humans in achieving goals. The persuasive technology term was coined in 2003 by B.J. Fogg. It is described as “software or information systems designed to reinforce, change or shape attitudes or behaviors or both without using coercion or deception”. Phase 1: Persuasive mobile applications Since 2003, a great deal of progre .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sanda Berar
  • Simple Mathematics Law Used for Fraud Detection

    In 1931, Frank Benford stated a law about the frequency distribution of leading digits in numerical data sets which was somewhat contradictory to general common sense. His First-Digit law claims that for many real-life measurement data, such as heights of buildings, lengths of rivers, population numbers and death rates, the appearances of digits 1 to 9 are not weighted equally (i.e. 11.1% each) but rather disproportionately with more weight toward smaller digits (around 30% f .. ... READ MORE

    By: Pouya Tavousi
  • Hot Chili Peppers: A Possible New Cure for Obesity

    UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE, ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA. The intake of hot chili has been shown to reduce the intake of food in humans. The capsaicin that is found in hot chili has made this possible. The association of the hot chili pepper receptors (TRPV1) in the stomach and the feeling of fullness have been thoroughly investigated in laboratory studies. This new discovery can lead to the development of new therapies. Professor Amanda Page, senior research fellow at the Univer .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Nutrigenomics: Eat According to your Genes

    Nutrigenomics is the study that deals with the effects of specific nutrients on gene expression. It focuses on identifying and understanding how different nutrients and dietary bioactives are absorbed, metabolized or eliminated, according to a person’s individual genetic makeup. One of the current research challenges in nutrition is to understand and deal with the variability in response to nutrients. Nutrigenomics helps in identifying genetic variations to better move towa .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jue Jin
  • A Breakthrough Drug in the Treatment of Malaria

    Malaria is a parasitic condition caused by the Plasmodium falciparum parasite and remains one of the leading causes of mortality in developing nations.  In particular, residents of sub-Saharan and South East Asian countries are at high risk of contracting this parasitic condition. Over the years, a tremendous effort has yielded considerable progress to eliminate and eventually eradicate this condition, largely through the development of effective therapeutics. Howev .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shakir Sayani
  • Controlling an Exoskeleton Using a Brain-Computer Interface

    KOREA UNIVERSITY, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA AND TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF BERLIN, BERLIN, GERMANY. A brain-computer control interface for a lower limb exoskeleton was developed to decode specific signals from within the user's brain. Individuals with high spinal cord injuries or motor neuron diseases can benefit from this innovation since they have difficulties using their limbs or communicating. Professor Klaus-Robert Muller and a group of scientists were inspired to assist disabl .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Marker-Free Isolation of Circulating Tumor Cells from Blood of Patients

    Metastasis occurs when cancerous cells spread from the primary tumor site to invade distant organs and are responsible for more than 90% of deaths. Spreading cancer cells do so by utilizing the lymphatic system and blood stream in an unknown way. The cancer cells detected in the blood stream are called circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and are extremely rare. Typically, a 10mL blood sample from a cancer patient contains billions of healthy blood cells and only about a dozen of C .. ... READ MORE

    By: Grigori Singovski
  • “Bacterial Ghost” as a Novel Vaccine Designing Method

    Since Edward Jenner made the cowpox vaccine more than 200 years ago, researchers have been trying to develop new vaccine delivery methods. One of the major issues in vaccine designing is finding a safe method to introduce the immunogenic part of the pathogen to the host body’s immune system. Besides the safety of the delivery system, it should also be able to present the antigen to the cells of the immune system. Recently, bacterial ghost (BG) technology has attracted the a .. ... READ MORE

    By: Hakimeh Ebrahimi Nik
  • Synthetic Blood Gives Hope for Better and Faster Treatments: First Clinical Trials to Begin in 2017

    Red blood cells (RBCs) represent one of the key components of our blood. They transport oxygen around the body to tissues and organs and carry away carbon dioxide. Whether it is for patients regularly undergoing blood transfusions for disease treatment, or to replace blood lost in a serious injury or during surgery, the need for safe blood is far greater than the amount of blood available. To date, the only source of blood comes through donations and even though the World Hea .. ... READ MORE

    By: Minttu Kansikas
  • Giving New Agility to Needlescopic Surgery with a Tiny Mechanical Wrist

    VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, Tennessee, USA. A tiny mechanical wrist is providing a new level of dexterity to needlescopic surgery. This kind of surgery utilizes surgical instruments that are customized with the diameter of a sewing needle. Its needle-sized incisions are so small that there is no need for surgical tape to seal them and the incisions heal naturally with no traces of scars. The tiny robotic claw can immensely increase accuracy in highly delicate surgeries. A team .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Decisions in Medicine: How Data Science is Revolutionizing Health Care

    Many of us who have read ‘Freakonomics’ by Levitt and Dubner (or seen the film), were amazed by the patterns, trends, and knowledge that could be inferred from large volumes of data. For instance, the relationship between the legalization of abortion in the 1970’s and reduced crime in the early 90’s is an interesting case-study from Freakonomics that has been discussed and debated over the last ten years. Data science refers to knowledge discovery from large volume .. ... READ MORE

    By: Aditi Joshi
  • Anticancer Drugs from Bee Venom

    Bee venom has been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years for the treatment of a number of diseases like arthritis, multiple sclerosis and even baldness. Bee venom has also been shown to be effective in treating inflammation caused by autoimmune diseases owing to the venom’s anti-inflammatory properties. Anticancer components in bee venom: Recently, some components present in bee venom were found to possess anticancer properties. These anticancer comp .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ahmed Elnagar
  • Transgenic Chickens Could Prevent Spread of Bird Flu and Curb Pandemic Risk

    This year, avian influenza (AI) has spread like wildfire across thousands of poultry farms, infecting more than 48 million birds in the USA. Even though AI is considered to have a low risk for transmission to humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, similar viruses in other countries have made humans ill and caused death in some cases. The outbreak’s rapid escalation has spurred the increase of biosecurity efforts by culling flocks of bird in far .. ... READ MORE

    By: Yvonne Ogbonmwan
  • Biomaterials for Hip Replacement Prostheses

    Total joint replacement (TJR), as we know it today, came into existence in the 1960’s through the innovative work of Sir John Charnley1. It has relieved the suffering of millions of patients. Over 332,000 Americans undergo total hip arthroplasty, the most frequently performed TJR, each year. In elderly populations, these surgeries provide an effective treatment for the debilitation and pain caused by osteoarthritis and injury. However, medical engineering is yet .. ... READ MORE

    By: Lindsey Parker
  • Bird Flu Prevention: Can a Nanoparticle-Based Vaccine be the Answer?

    The highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI) virus has raised the concern of researchers this past decade. Several outbreaks of H5N1 (a highly pathogenic strain of the AI virus) in 1997, 2003 and 2004, has increased the demands for designing an efficient vaccine against this pathogen. Although H5N1 cannot be transmitted among human beings yet, there is a possibility that the virus could change and easily spread among people, causing a flu pandemic. Recently, H5 infections have .. ... READ MORE

    By: Hakimeh Ebrahimi Nik
  • Innovative Safety Ergoskeleton for Material Handlers

    With the motivation of curbing the persistent problem of injuries in the material handling industry, two graduates from the Rochester Institute of Technology founded a start-up company that develops innovative safety vests. Their product, the V22 Ergoskeleton, is a revolutionary product for material handlers and haulers. This patented device is designed for anybody lifting materials regularly and makes handling materials easier and safer. The V22 Ergoskeleton is basically .. ... READ MORE

    By: Subrat Jain
  • New Drug Targets for Ebola Virus Disease Treatment

    A German-American research team has succeeded in adding another crucial detail of how the fatal Ebola virus infects cells- and at the same time providing another approach for a possible therapy. Pharmacology professors Martin Biel and Christian Wahl of the Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) and virologist Dr. Robert Davey from the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, USA, reported the results of their research in the February issue of the scientific journal, Sc .. ... READ MORE

    By: Yu-Kai Chao
  • How Vitamin C can Help Treat Obesity

    Obesity is a news headline on an almost daily basis and yet, the latest article from the LA Times indicates that obese Americans now outnumber those Americans who are merely considered to be overweight. As someone who was once classified as being “obese”, I know that most people who suffer from this condition are sick and tired of reading about it and to some .. ... READ MORE

    By: Brigitta Schwulst
  • Brace for the Heat: Research Opportunities for Stress-Resistant Crops

    The sight of a maize field stretched endlessly across the horizon in the opening scene of Interstellar may appear surreal; however, it may not be far from reality. Whilst different forecasting models predict different levels of global temperature rise between 2°C and 6°C, it is agreed that our earth will be warmer, and the combined effects of climate changes are putting extensive pressure and making new twists on traditional agriculture industry. Increased tempe .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Synthetic Biology: The Next Big Disruptor?

    The Future of Food, Fuel, Pharma, and Chemicals By: Patricia Rubert-Nason, PhD PreScouter Technical Project Manager In the past 25 years, modern society has seen many disruptive innovations, most of which have been based on a single platform: the internet. The key feature of most disruptive innovations is their ability to exploit and eliminate inefficiencies in existing systems. The connectedness enabled by the internet has allowed companies across a range of ind .. ... READ MORE

    By: Patricia Rubert-Nason
  • Growing New Teeth in the Mouth Using Stem-Cell Dental Implants

    COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, NY, USA. Human molar scaffolding is a technique that directs the body's stem cells into scaffolding that will assist in regenerating a new tooth. This innovation can immensely alleviate the need to go through the painful, expensive and tedious process of dental implants. Edwin S. Robinson Professor of Dentistry at Columbia University and Co-Director for the Center for Cr .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Technological Advances in Dementia Care

    Dementia is defined as a decline in an individual’s mental abilities such as memory, thinking or language that interferes in carrying out activities of daily living. A silent epidemic of dementia is spreading all over the world as people continue to live longer and grow older. It is estimated that in 2015, $226 billion will be spent on caring for people with dementia and this figure is expected to rise to $1.1 trillion by 2050. Researchers have focused on finding cures f .. ... READ MORE

    By: Aditi Joshi
  • Energy Saving Techniques and Renewable Energy

    The endeavor to increase the efficiency of current energy systems and reduce the dependency on fossil fuels is taken with high expectations by modern society. Today’s agenda is greatly focused on reducing carbon emissions and pollutants derived by energy conversion systems. Renewable energy technologies are believed to be the solution for the challenges placed by co .. ... READ MORE

    By: Francisco Francisco
  • Solar Deckchair with Phone Charger Created by User Entrepreneurs

    BB Energy Group, a Spanish innovation-based startup founded by user entrepreneurs, has created a solar deckchair that can charge mobile devices while sunbathing. USER ENTREPRENEURSHIP We have all had to deal with the absence of a product or service that would facilitate some aspect in our lives. Such product or service, even if available, may not always be fully suited to our needs. Many of us usua .. ... READ MORE

    By: Susana Gonzalez Ruiz
  • Recent Advancements of HIV-1 Vaccine Development for Investors and Strategists

    The first human HIV-1 case, also referred to as simply HIV, was reported more than 30 years ago, which marked the start of a compelling campaign between the human race and this global pandemic. However, the battle was not optimistic and somewhat bleak and the production of a viable and efficient HIV-1 vaccine, if any, is still out of arms reach and rather distant. Nevertheless, several recent studies have suggested potential cues to untangle the complex mechanisms that are re .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Assessing Medication Adherence with Electronic Systems: New Developments and Perspectives

    Medication adherence is defined as the extent to which patients follow their treatment as prescribed by their healthcare providers. Adherence to treatment is essential for the success of any treatment and poor adherence is associated with a number of adverse effects including disease complications, increased hospitalization, greater healthcare costs and important loss of productivity for patients in the workforce. Nevertheless, poor adherence to treatment remains a frequent i .. ... READ MORE

    By: Arsene Zongo
  • Powering 30 Mobile Phones Concurrently at a Distance with a Wireless Charger

    KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, DAEJEON, SOUTH KOREA. KAIST Wi-Power is a wireless phone charger that can charge a phone at a range of one meter and in all directions. This innovative charger has solved one of the main problems when it comes to mobile technology. In addition to this, the transmitter system that is used is compatible with other electronic devices and is totally safe for humans. Chun Rim, professor of nuclear & quantum engineering, an .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • A Natural Dairy Thickener with Probiotic Potential

    After decades of research, a natural polymer called Ropy 352 has been commercialized by Oregon State University (OSU) as a new type of advanced food thickener for dairy starter cultures. This patented polymer is produced by non-disease causing bacteria and can rapidly thicken dairy products with the benefits of adding probiotic characteristics. Besides the health benefit, this polymer is also capable of influencing key consumer factors like texture and taste as well as swe .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jue Jin
  • 5 Signs That Your Company Doesn’t Want Talent

    By: Orin C. Davis, Ph.D. I have written again and again about companies who claim that they want talent but don’t have the hiring practices to back it. Think your firm is bringing in the talent? Not if it’s showing one of these five signs: 1) “We’re not hiring [for ____ position] .. ... READ MORE

    By: Orin Davis
  • Transforming Healthcare: The Era of Monoclonal Antibody Therapy

    Recently, there has been a rapid rise in the research, development, and marketing of monoclonal antibody-mediated treatments. Such treatments involve the use of monoclonal antibodies that bind to specific targets (cells or proteins) and stimulate the body’s own immune system to attack and kill those targets. Indeed, the success stories of a number of monoclonal antibody drugs have drawn extensive attention from both the pharmaceutical industry as well as biotechnology R& .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Triboelectric Nanogenerator Harvests Power from Rolling Tires

    THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON, WI, USA. A new nanogenerator (Triboelectric nanogenerator - TENG) was developed to provide an innovative way of reusing energy. This innovation will serve as a new way of reusing energy. Dr. Xudong Wang, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Harvey D. Spangler fellow, together with Yanchao Mao, his PhD student, looked for ways to take advantage of the energy that is usua .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Resistant Plant Clones – Is there a Faster Method to Control Tree Disease?

    Have you ever imagined what a beautiful alley lined with beautifully vibrant trees would look like without any trees? Trees have been threatened for years by pathogens. It is well known, by many Americans, that one of the biggest threats to elm trees is the Dutch elm disease (DED). Thousands of American streets have been completely devoid of elms after being infected by this fungal disease. Many even called it the real “nightmare on elm street”. A microscopic .. ... READ MORE

    By: Erika Sayuri Naruzawa
  • Liquid Biopsies – A Breakthrough in Cancer Diagnostics

    Dennis Lo, professor of medicine and chemical pathology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, was the first to discover the presence of fragmented fetal DNA in the maternal bloodstream, thereby becoming the pioneer of non-invasive prenatal diagnosis. This finding, first made in 1997, has led to a much safer and simpler screening test for Down syndrome. To date, more than one million pregnant women have been tested. He is now repeating this scientific and commercial success .. ... READ MORE

    By: Gurshagan Kandhola
  • The Solar Revolution

    If you are wondering what will be the main source of energy in the future, then solar energy is most probably the answer. Why solar energy? Because it is abundant, clean, economical and the technology to do so is readily available. Abundant? The sun provides us as much energy in a month as the combined reserves of coal, oil, natural gas and uranium, which is 1000 times higher than our total energy consumption! Clean? Solar panels are made of sand, one of the most common .. ... READ MORE

    By: Francois Callewaert
  • Obesity and Behavior Modification

    More than half of the American population is considered to be overweight with more than a third suffering from obesity. In 2008, approximately $147 billion was spent by Americans to get medical help for weight management and the healthcare bill of obese patients was $1,429 higher than that of normal weight individuals. Thus, researchers are now focusing on developing low cost solutions for weight management to help reduce the heavy economic burden associated with obesity. .. ... READ MORE

    By: Aditi Joshi
  • Retest Failure: Irreproducibility in Research Provides Opportunities to Biotech Startup Companies for Contracted Revalidation Services

    Science is robust and, in the field of life sciences research, robustness means reproducibility. It is becoming more frequent that large pharmaceutical companies are using academic journals, especially renowned journals such as Nature, Science, and Cell, as part of their sources in determining the topics of pre-clinical research. Such trend is especially true in the frontier fields of research such as cancer biology, AIDS treatment, Alzheimer’s disease treatment, etc. Howev .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Robot Roach for Rescue Operations and Environmental Monitoring

    UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, CA, USA. A robot cockroach was developed that can tremendously inspire future terrestrial robot designs for search and rescue operations. Also, it can be very useful in monitoring the environment. Postdoctoral researcher Chen Li and his team from the University of California got their inspiration from the common cockroach. These insects have been observed by the researchers with the use of high-speed cameras. Their movements were carefully studied .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • How to Prepare for a Career in Industry

    Snagging a challenging, career-building job in a science or engineering discipline is more difficult than ever. According to a recent survey done by www.nsf.org, nearly 40,000 students graduated from US universities with a Science or Engineering PhD. Half of which were unemployed when they received their diplomas. In order to prepare for a career in industry, Gareth Hughes joined the PreScouter Global Scholars Program to build his skills .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jessie Towns
  • Energy Storage: Promises and Challenges with the Li-Air Battery

    Storing electrical energy locally has been a key focus for several industries and has acquired significant research focus as it provides for the efficient use of energy generated locally (microgrids) as well as its transport. For example, a hybrid or an all-electric vehicle requires a battery for supplying a constant source of power. Currently, the addition of batteries leads to additional costs thus making the hybrid technology less profitable. Other important applications o .. ... READ MORE

    By: Atul Verma
  • How to Create an Idea Factory

    By: Mitch Ditkoff One of the reasons why most BIG IDEAS go nowhere is because the idea originators do not have a team of collaborators on board to help develop and execute their ideas. In the absence of collaborators, the idea originators either try to do everything themselves (not a good idea) or spend so much time trying to enroll people on the fly that the idea loses momentum and eventually .. ... READ MORE

    By: Mitch Ditkoff
  • Dysarthria and Speech Technology

    Dysarthria is defined as a difficulty in speaking which can be caused by a number of different disorders such as strokes, brain injuries, brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Parkinson’s disease (PD), in particular, is estimated to affect approximately 1 million people in the US alone and more than 7 million people worldwide. These numbers are generally considered as an underestimation of the true incidence rate since this disease has a direct rela .. ... READ MORE

    By: Mortaza Doulaty
  • New Genetic Discovery may Provide Alternative Strategy against Mad Cow Disease

    Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, is an incurable neurodegenerative disease that causes the sponge-like deterioration of the spinal cord and brain of cattle. BSE caused devastating effects towards the British cattle industry between 1996 and 2006. At its climax, more than 180,000 cattle were identified as being infected and the whole eradication program resulted in 4.4 million cattle being slaughtered in the United Kingdom alone. .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Behold the Power of a Drop of Blood

    What if a single drop of blood could tell us about every single virus that has ever infected us? This in fact is reality as it has been put into practice by a team of Harvard Medical School researchers led by Steve Elledge. The researchers were interested in asking a profound, yet extremely challenging question: can we systematically reveal every virus that a human being has ever been infected with? To address this question, the Harvard Medical School .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shakir Sayani
  • Using Trees in Creating 3D, Soft, High Capacity and Elastic Batteries

    KTH ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN AND STANFORD UNIVERSITY, CA, USA. A foam-like, elastic battery material that can defy stress and shock has been created with the use of an innovative method that involves making high-capacity elastic batteries from the pulp of wood. Max Hamedi, a researcher from KTH, together with KTH Professor Lars Wågberg and Professor Yi Cui from Stanford University developed the use of nanocellulose, broken down from tree fibers, in .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Fly like a Mosquito: How Mosquitoes May Inspire a New Generation of Quadcopters

    A drizzling, misty rain may be harmless to man; however, such rain may be apparently fatal to small flying creatures such as mosquitoes. Perhaps hard to imagine, however, the average weight of a raindrop can approximately be 50 times heavier than the average weight of a mosquito! In comparison, a mosquito flying in a drizzling rain is like a person walking on the street, trying to dodge huge balloons filled with water – each weighing at least 500 lbs! Despite this, surprisi .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Highly Multiplexed Imaging: The Future of Personalized Treatment of Complex Diseases

    A personalized, more precise treatment is the future of modern medicine in the face of complex disorders such as cancer. The challenge lies in understanding the differences between one patient and another in order to perfectly adapt the treatment given to two different patients with the same disease based on their genetic and epigenetic characteristics. In the case of a complex disease like cancer, many tests need to be carried out in order to diagnose its type and potenti .. ... READ MORE

    By: Grigori Singovski
  • The Future of Biotechnology: Building a Real Jurassic World

    Let’s be honest- we all love dinosaurs. There’s something about those ancient creatures, towering and ferocious or quick and sharp-toothed, that fascinates the human imagination. Perhaps it’s because the only information that remains of them is their diminutive bird descendants and a mysterious collection of fossilized bones and footprints. As for the thought of humans actually co-existing with dinosaurs… that is complete science fiction, isn’t it? Sure, but p .. ... READ MORE

    By: Aki Ueda
  • Detecting Cancer Cells with a Device Using Sound Waves

    CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY, PA, USA. A device has been developed that utilizes sound waves in detecting and separating cancer cells from white blood cells. This device will provide a good alternative in providing early detection of cancer cells. President Subra Suresh of Carnegie Mellon University led the group of researchers in developing the method called "acoustic tweezers". It caters to a more detailed analysis of cancer cells that can be used by researchers in studyin .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • A Breakthrough in the Potential Treatment of Obesity

    It should not come as a surprise that there has been a global increase in the rates of obesity. Although there are numerous factors that have led to the spread of this epidemic, some of the more important reasons have been attributed to poor dietary choices and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. To combat obesity, we as a society have taken a number of desperate measures, of which have included taking dietary supplements, which sometimes offer nothing but false hope and pro .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shakir Sayani
  • Ocumetics Bionic Lens: A Game Changer for the Eye Care Industry

    “Freedom from glasses and contact lenses is a goal that is now a reality,” Ocumetics states on its website. Dr. Gareth Webb, the CEO of Ocumetics Technology Corp., has spent eight years and more than $3 million in funding to develop this Bionic Lens that can offer perfect vision to patients. “If you can just barely see the clock at 10 feet, when you get the Bionic Lens you can see the clock at 30 feet away,” Webb told CBC News. Although similar work has been tried by .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jue Jin
  • A Mind Divided by Hunger: How Recent Studies Give Out Clues to Control Personal Behaviours during Dieting and Obesity Treatment

    Suddenly, you find yourself 40 pounds overweight and it is becoming increasingly difficult to get your shoelaces tied up. You are on full alert. Before rushing out to reach your SUV and try to grab a coach in a gym (whilst both can be achieved effortlessly in Chicago, the story may be a bit different if you were in Llandudno, Clwyd, North Wales), you decide it is now time to have your lifestyle transformed by saying goodbye to pizza and burgers (or, fish and chips, your call) .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Evolution of Electronic Devices: From a Computing Age Towards a Data Age

    Do you remember back in 2000 when scientists promised you that soon a single chip would have the computing capability of a human brain? This didn’t and most likely is never going to happen! Indeed, single-chip performance has hardly evolved over the last decade as processors face a frequency wall due to overheating. As shown in Figure A below, over the last 8 years Intel CPU performance has improved by a factor of only 3, as opposed to 20 times between 1998 and 2006. ... READ MORE

    By: Francois Callewaert
  • Insecticide use is affecting Swedish wild bee populations

    If we gaze upon evolutionary history, it will reveal that bees are an important ancient insect species whose origins can be traced back to some 25 million years. It would also come as little surprise that they are an important cultivator of maintaining flora diversity on our planet. However, the modern trend of an alarmingly high rate of insecticide use threatens their well-being and thus has raised important questions on what can be done to preserve the natural bee populatio .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shakir Sayani
  • How Nice Fruit Achieved the Impossible: Fresh Frozen Fruit

    Nice Fruit is an example of how universities can be the source of revolutionary innovations that have a positive impact on society. When we talk about innovation, we usually think of companies and R&D departments. However, companies are often only the culmination of long-term projects that start with universities. Research groups are an important source of innovation, but companies often ignore this. The ... READ MORE

    By: Susana Gonzalez Ruiz
  • 20 Qualities of an Innovator

    By: Mitch Ditkoff President, Idea Champions The word "innovate" can be traced all the way back to 1440. It comes from the Middle French word "innovacyon," meaning "renewal" or "new way of doing things". Exactly what innovations actually happened in 1440 (rounder oxcart wheels?) is anybody's guess, but whatever they were, it's likely they improved the quality of life for more than a few people. These days, the "innovation thing" is something of a no-brainer. Every co .. ... READ MORE

    By: Mitch Ditkoff
  • Self-Healing Concrete: Start of Biological Buildings

    DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, DELFT, NETHERLANDS. Bioconcrete is a newly developed type of concrete that can heal itself with the use of bacteria. This innovative invention provides long-term durability as this bioconcrete is impervious to the cracking that results from wear and tear. Professor Henk Jonkers, a microbiologist at Delft University of Technology, developed the bioconcrete when a concrete technologist asked him if it would be possible to utilize bacteria in .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Myceliation: An Alternative Approach to Naturally Solving Taste Defects

    When it comes to handling taste defects, such as a bitter taste in coffee or chocolate, most of the industry has either introduced masking agents or resorted to genetic engineering. Alternatively, myceliation is a natural process that uses mushrooms to consume certain unwanted compounds in foods like bitterness and add beneficial nutrients of mushrooms like beta-glucans which can stimulate your immune system. This process can naturally create smoother bitter-free coffee, bett .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jue Jin
  • A Brief Introduction to Speech Technology

    Speech technology has been a hot research topic for more than five decades; it tries to duplicate and respond to a human's voice. It is a valuable tool for both human-to-human and human-to-machine communication. Speech technology is becoming more popular lately, and almost everyone benefits from the advances in this technology. In this series of articles, various aspects of the technology - its past, current state and future - will be discussed. Speech technology can be .. ... READ MORE

    By: Mortaza Doulaty
  • Innovative Smart Cane For The Blind With Facial Recognition

    BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY, BIRMINGHAM, UK. The 'XploR' smart/mobility cane utilizes the technology used in smartphones to distinguish familiar faces from up to 10 meters away. It also has a GPS that aids in navigation. This smart cane will empower and help visually impaired individuals in easily identifying their loved ones and friends. The team from Birmingham City University is composed of Richard Howlett, Steve Adigbo and Waheed Rafiq. One of the main inspirations for .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Drinking Water from Solar Power

    MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, MA, USA. A portable solar-powered desalination system may be an innovative and effective solution to the world's declining fresh water reserves. Using sustainable solar power, this novel system is an inexpensive way of converting salt water into drinking water that can be used worldwide. MIT researchers teamed up with Jain Irrigation Systems, a US-based manufacturing company, in developing this system. It works by utilizing solar pane .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • The Extra Mile No One Will Go

    By: Orin Davis Almost by definition, innovation involves going beyond the boundaries, which means that firms need people who will go the proverbial “extra mile.” Companies want a cadre of enthusiastic, passionate employees who are loyal, dependable, honest, good people, which consistently go above and beyond the call of duty. Those same businesses also lament the scarcity of such employees, but why are they so rare? Here’s an illustrative story: .. ... READ MORE

    By: Orin Davis
  • Calcilytics Offer Hope for Asthmatics

    Millions of individuals suffer from asthma, a condition that leads to severe airway constriction, followed by perilous episodes of shortness of breath. At a more molecular level, a protein known as the Calcium Sensitive Receptor (CaSR), which is activated by calcium, seems to be a key player. Specifically, activation of CaSR leads to a higher concentration of calcium ions inside cells, which unleashes a series of signals inside the cells that manifest in the severe narrowing .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shakir Sayani
  • Rise up and walk: An electronic dura mater talks damaged neural tissues into working again

    Every year, up to 500,000 people suffer a spinal cord injury (SCI), which most likely leads to a life-long disability- or at least, that’s what was thought up until now. A new kind of implant, called “electronic dura mater” or “e-Dura”, recently presented in a paper published in Science, promises to open the way to innovative therapies to help people that have had a SCI walk again. Developed by a group of researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology .. ... READ MORE

    By: Giulia Pacchioni
  • A Revolution in Power Electronics with GaN and SiC

    Did you know that 10% of the electric energy is lost during the conversion from the grid to the electronic device? This explains for example why the adapter of your laptop gets so hot when you charge it. Worldwide, this energy loss is equivalent to the electricity produced by the 600 coal plants in the US. The topic hasn’t gained much attention so far because the power conversion technology did not evolve much in the past decades. This is about to change with the emergen .. ... READ MORE

    By: Francois Callewaert
  • Sound Wave Device As A New Fire-Fighting Technology

    GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY, VA, USA. Who would have thought that sound waves could be used to put out a fire? This is based on a project conducted by two engineering students. The device is made up of an amplifier, a power source and a collimator formed out of cardboard. It served as a modest fire extinguisher using a booming bass to put out a small fire. This new fire-fighting device may be the answer to increasing the protection of firemen particularly in the event of city .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Transport Fuel from Agricultural Waste?

    The energy crisis has been an important issue in the recent decades as the continuous demand for the fossil fuels is on the rise. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the consumption of gasoline in the United States in 2014 was about 3.26 billion barrels(42 U.S.gallons is equal to one barrel). Since fossil fuels are limited, people tend to find alternative fuels as a substitute. Biofuels from agricultural waste such as wheat straws, corn stover a .. ... READ MORE

    By: Yu Qiu
  • Safe, Economical and Fast-Charging Aluminum-ion Batteries

    STANFORD UNIVERSITY, CALIFORNIA, USA. A fast-charging, low-cost, aluminum battery is the current invention from Stanford, which is characterized as an aluminum-ion battery. It is a very safe technology according to the researchers, unlike alkaline batteries that are very harmful for the environment and lithium-ion batteries which are highly flammable. For more than 10 years, aluminum was eyed as a very good substance to use for batteries. It is not only safe, but it is als .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Expansion Microscopy: Flipping microscopy on its head

    Innovations in microscopy have deepened our understanding of complex biological processes. Indeed, the pioneering work of Santiago Ramón y Cajal observing the microstructures of neurons gave rise to the field of neuroscience. More recent technological breakthroughs hold the potential to further expand our knowledge of neuronal networks and the internal structures of neurons. However, one limitation of all the currently available microscopy methods is that they do not allow t .. ... READ MORE

    By: Yvonne Ogbonmwan
  • 3 Reasons Email Is Not Innovation Management

    Banchile Inversiones has managed the assets of companies and individuals throughout Chile for decades. During that time, helping their clients meet their financial goals has been a top priority as they continue to provide one of the largest mutual funds markets and stock brokerage businesses in the country. And as part of their commitment to continuously improving customer service, Banchile Inversiones launched innovation management software within their organization to find .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jessica Day
  • Cocoa extract as an allergy treatment of the esophagus

    Recently, a patent has been filed by Nestle for the use of cocoa polyphenols in food to treat or prevent eosinophilic esophagitis. Eosinophilic esophagitis is an allergic inflammatory condition of the esophagus, which can lead to symptoms like abdominal pain, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), food obstruction and heartburn. These symptoms are caused by the release of a variety of chemical signals from eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, which inflame the surrounding eso .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jue Jin
  • What is lurking on your skin?

    We almost undoubtedly look at ourselves in the mirror, each morning, as we step out of the shower and are about to carry on with our daily grooming and hygiene rituals. Most of us are concerned with the tone and complexion of our skin or the unfortunate occurrence of an unsightly blemish. However, it is unlikely and understandable, that beyond the thoughts of our tone, complexion and removal of blemishes, we do not give much thought to what else could be there. Could there be .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shakir Sayani
  • New Cooking Method for Rice Cuts Calories in Half

    COLLEGE OF CHEMICAL SCIENCES, RAJAGIRIYA, SRI LANKA. A team of scientists at the College of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka have developed a simple method to cook rice and reduce the calorie content by 50-60 percent. What they did was add coconut oil to boiling water, before adding the raw rice for cooking. After cooking, the rice was chilled in the refrigerator for 12 hours. That is all! This method not only cuts down the calories, but also has a number of health benefits. .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Graphene: How This Miracle Material is Transforming Every Industry

    In the 1940s, plastic was portrayed as a “miracle material” by the American chemical industry. Lightweight, cheap, and virtually indestructible, plastic proceeded to transform industries around the world. Glass plants were retrofitted to produce plastic; farmers hastily converted their fields to grow soybeans, capitalizing on the industry’s demand for oil; and new industries, specializing in disposable goods sprung up virtually overnight. While history is rife with e .. ... READ MORE

    By: Justin Starr
  • Blue Light to Replace the Little Blue Pill?

    Smooth jazz, scented candles and now blue light may be the new key to achieving an erection. Researchers at the Swiss university, ETH Zurich, have found that mice subjected to gene therapy could achieve an erection and, in some instances, a climax upon exposing their undersides to blue light. The gene therapy was administered via direct injection of artificial DNA into the erectile tissue of the mice. Upon exposure of the treated area with blue light, the artificial gene w .. ... READ MORE

    By: William Montgomery
  • 20 Ways to Spark Innovation in Others

    By Mitch Ditkoff President, Idea Champions Many forward-thinking organizations, these days, are launching all kinds of initiatives to crank up innovation. Their intention is a good one, but their execution is often not. While there's nothing inherently wrong with "organizational initiatives," they often end up being overly complicated, vague, and painfully impersonal. They may look good on paper, but real innovation doesn't happen on paper - it happens in another dimensi .. ... READ MORE

    By: Mitch Ditkoff
  • First Laser Force Field Patented by Boeing

    The aircraft, defense and security firm, Boeing, has recently been granted a patent on an innovative system that is designed to protect a target, such as people, vehicles and buildings, from the damaging shockwaves of a nearby explosion. The concept is similar to that of glowing energy shields typically seen in sci-fi movies like Star Trek and Star Wars. The exact patent is entitled a “Method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc”. It is a shoc .. ... READ MORE

    By: Gurshagan Kandhola
  • So long psoriasis: A promising new therapy beneficial in combating this stubborn skin disorder

    Like most cells in our body, the cells that comprise our skin undergo a timely division allowing for skin renewal. However, such a seemingly smooth process can have its pitfalls leading to skin disorders. One such disorder is psoriasis. Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory condition that occurs when skin cells begin to divide rapidly leading to large red plaques on the skin surface. Current therapy options include the prescription drug Humira, which often poses the risk of dev .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shakir Sayani
  • Wireless Method for Stimulating Brain Tissue

    As most of the gadgets we use today are becoming wireless, it is no surprise that medicine is taking part in the wireless trend. A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) led by Polina Anikeeva, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering, have successfully developed a wireless method to stimulate brain tissue without the need of any implants or wired devices. Current methods for stimulating brain tissue require the surgica .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ayanna Flegler
  • Breakthrough Non-Invasive Treatment for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

    UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA. An affordable, mobile and non-invasive ultrasound technology has successfully been proven to help restore memory loss in mice. This is a medical breakthrough in treating Alzheimer's and dementia since it is the first non-invasive, drug-free treatment. Existing treatments only work to mask the symptoms and not cure the underlying cause of the disease. The researchers at the University of Queensland’s Brain Institute looked .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Imitation of Daylight for Dark Regions

    UNIVERSITY OF INSUBRIA, VARESE, ITALY. There are places on the planet where daylight is limited. Night could sometimes be longer than day. Because of this dilemma, some brilliant researchers have come up with a new form of simulated light. It was developed by CoeLux which gives one the authentic experience of sunlight and natural sky colors while indoor. This artificial light is very promising and can be used in healthcare facilities during winter for patients who w .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Kenyan Youth to Sustain the Momentum of Digital Change with Raspberry Pi Centres

    by: Dr Peter Day, University of Brighton Mr Willice Okoth, International Youth Council, Kenya Introduction The existence of a common good as a social construct can be trace back over 2000 years to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle and Cicero considered issues such as justice and equality to be central elements of civilized society. Citizenship, collective or communal action and participation in the public realm of pol .. ... READ MORE

    By: Willice Onyango
  • Cancer Cells Killed by Olive Oil Compound

    RUTGERS SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, NJ, USA. Many people have been fighting advanced and complex types of cancer for decades. It is one of the most dreaded diseases which have more than a hundred different types. A recent finding may be the answer to the quick eradication of cancer cells, an ingredient which can be found in extra-virgin olive oil. This compound is called oleocanthal, wherein scientists discovered that it had killed cancer cells, but are s .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • How Genetically Modified T Cells Can Block HIV

    Even though HIV can today be kept under control, meaning that infected patients can have a normal life expectancy, a cure is still a holy grail of medicine. A new therapy that is currently being tested seems to bring renewed hope that a good treatment might be under way. Rather than aiming at blocking viral replication, the new therapy uses genetically modified white blood cells that are made resistant to HIV. The patient's white blood cells, T cells, are removed and unde .. ... READ MORE

    By: Giulia Pacchioni
  • New UV Light Sensors with Greater Performance

    UNIVERSITY OF SURREY, ENGLAND, UK. Recently, a team of researchers invented a new use for zinc oxide. By improvising the material, they were able to create an ultra-sensitive UV light sensor.The material that is usually used in ceramics, glass and paint is made even better for fire and gas detection now because of this discovery. According to the researcher, this custom made nanomaterial is very affordable and its versatility is suitable depending on the need. Currently, o .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Why preservatives are bad for your health

    We are always advised to eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats and to avoid processed foods containing high levels of preservatives. However, it is likely that most of us have never questioned why preservative-laden foods are harmful for our overall health. Preservatives linked to gut disease and obesity: A study led by Andrew Gewirtz at the Georgia State University and published in the March 5th issue of the ... READ MORE

    By: Shakir Sayani
  • An Emotion-Sensing High-Tech Scarf

    UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, MD, USA. A team of researchers together with the Microsoft Research team have come up with an idea of a very fashionable piece of technology; a scarf which can help the wearer determine their emotional state. SWARM (Sensing Whether Affect Requires Mediation) as they call it, show great possibilities in the future. For example, Swarm can play lively music if a person is happy or weights can be added if a person feels stressed. Some of the emotions that .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Walk a Mile in Your Employees’ Shoes

    By: Zach Heller “Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person - not just an employee - are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.” – Anne M. Mulcahy, former CEO of Xerox Corporation (named CEO of the Year in 2008) Managing employees today is more difficult in many ways than it used to be. More and more, it is about managing each individ .. ... READ MORE

    By: Zach Heller
  • 56 Reasons Why Most Corporate Innovation Initiatives Fail

    By: Mitch Ditkoff Innovation is in these days. The word is on the lips of every CEO, CFO, CIO, and anyone else with a three-letter acronym after their name. As a result, many organizations are launching all kinds of "innovation initiatives" -- hoping to stir the creative soup and differentiate themselves from their competition. This is commendable. But it is also, all too often, a disappointing experience. Innovation initiatives sound good, but usually don't live up .. ... READ MORE

    By: Mitch Ditkoff
  • Implanted Microchips for Employees

    In today’s modern world of business, who wouldn’t want productivity, efficiency, and convenience rolled into one? Each day we make use of modern tools to achieve these standards, striving to customize technology to best suit our needs and goals. At times, we literally embed technology in our lives to further push its potential. For instance, there is a Swedish company which offers an option to its employees to have a microchip implanted into the back of their hand for pur .. ... READ MORE

    By: May Alelin Pagal
  • New Cancer Drug-delivery Technology Takes Center Stage

    One of the major challenges in combating cancer is the limited number of effective treatment options. Classically, chemotherapy has been used as an immediate first choice for therapeutic options. Although chemotherapy can be effective in the treatment of cancer, its systemic method of delivery can often lead to undesirable toxic side effects. Therefore, at the present moment, more effective drug delivery methods that can present minimal to no side effects are highly sough .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shakir Sayani
  • Shaping Drug Delivery

    Constant efforts are made to develop new drug delivery methods that provide enhanced release features and targeting to specific sites. To become a great candidate for medical applications, agents that deliver drugs should be both biocompatible and nontoxic. Polylactide (PLA) is proposed and demonstrated to be a great carrier for drug delivery, mainly because of its ability to be degraded. Researchers and senior author, Dr. Andrew Dove, at the University of Warwick aimed t .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ayanna Flegler
  • 3 Reasons Open Innovation Shortens the Change Management Cycle

    When Scentsy launched its open innovation program in 2014, they had a goal of manageably engaging with more than 100,000 consultants that were scattered around the globe. To do so, they created the Scentsy Family IdeaShare and launched dialogues that they hoped would give them a better understanding of potential client needs and desires, possible new product offerings, and more. What they did not expect was that from the ideas generated on that community, they would find an i .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jessica Day
  • FDA-approved Device to Treat Obesity

    According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 34.9% of adults and 17% of children in America are obese. The gravity of obesity lies in the health issues that can result from the condition, such as stroke, type 2 diabetes and heart attack. Recently, the FDA approved the first device to treat diabetes since 2007. The new VBLOC® vagal blocking therapy is delivered through the Maestro Rechargeable System, a device manufactured by EnteroMedics in St. Paul, Min .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ayanna Flegler
  • Algae as Fuel Alternative

    As non-renewable energy sources are gradually being depleted, we must find potential renewable means to sustain us. The exploration of algae as fuel alternative dates back to 1978 and still continues to this day. Researchers from Western Washington University led by Greg O'Neil and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution collaborated to produce two different fuel products- jet fuel and biodiesel, from a single algal species called Isochrysis. Isochrysis was cho .. ... READ MORE

    By: May Alelin Pagal
  • The Paradox of Innovation

    By: Mitch Ditkoff My big insight about innovation these days would make Nobel Prize winner, Niels Bohr, proud. "Now that we have met with paradox," explained Dr. Bohr, "we have some hope of making progress." Innovation is full of it -- paradox, that is. On one hand, organizations want structures, maps, models, guidelines, and systems. On the other hand, that's all too often the stuff that squelches innovation, driving it underground or out the door. The noble s .. ... READ MORE

    By: Mitch Ditkoff
  • The Multiple Dimensions of Design-driven Innovation

    By: Susanna Gonzalez Ruiz The design company Lékué shows us that radical innovation is multidimensional and breaks with the mainstream. It goes beyond design, the product and even the company itself. Lékué is a leading design company that creates all kinds of silicone molds to enjoy a healthy, practical and fun cuisine. Its headquarters are located in Barcelona (Spain) and their products have come to more tha .. ... READ MORE

    By: Susana Gonzalez Ruiz
  • Preventing the Spread of Cancer

    Cancer is defined as a condition whereby cells disobey rules governing normal growth and division and set out on a track to rapidly and uncontrollably grow, divide and invade other tissues and organs in a process known as metastasis. New research performed in the laboratory of cancer by biologist, Sohail Tavazoie, at Rockefeller University has provided insight into the potential prevention of cancer metastasis. The researchers were interested in understanding how colorecta .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shakir Sayani
  • New Device Analyzes Chemical Compounds

    UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE, DE, USA. A new chemical-analyzing device was created by a team of researchers from the University of Delaware's Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI). This device is called Quantitative Carbon Detector (QCD). It measures and analyzes chemical compounds quicker than before which takes a lot of time to do. The device is also able to measure complex mixtures like medicines, food, fuels, oil and more. The QCD is going to be very useful especiall .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Internet of Things- A Challenge of Imagination

    By: Sanda Berar "Everything connected” is arguably the hottest topic in the technology world right now – even if universal consensus has not been reached on what “everything” is. Key trends like ubiquitous connectivity, low-cost sensors and cloud computing are driving the changes and will eventually impact all the objects around us. More metadata is captured by sensors and everything gets connected, from the watch to the pill bottle. We are in the very early sta .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sanda Berar
  • Check Your Glucose Level Without the Prick

    UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA (SAN DIEGO), CA, USA. According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report of 2014, during the period of 2008–2009, an estimated 18,436 people younger than 20 years of age in the United States were newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes annually. This is the insulin-dependent type of diabetes, and these patients need to constantly monitor their glucose levels for them to survive. The most common method of checking glucose levels is to prick their fing .. ... READ MORE

    By: May Alelin Pagal
  • The Top 100 Lamest Excuses for Not Innovating

    by: Mitch Ditkoff There are some people who know everything about social media. There are others who know everything about hip hop. There are still others who know everything about the mating habits of tsetse flies. Me? I know everything about excuses -- or at least the kind of excuses that people who work in organizations make about why they can't innovate. And while it's easy for the average person to make a logical case for the validity of their excuses, they are .. ... READ MORE

    By: Mitch Ditkoff
  • New Tiny Sensors Used Like Plaster

    UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO, TOKYO, JAPAN. A country well-known for advances in technology has come up with another great invention. They have designed a new kind of micro-fine adhesive sensor which can be placed on joints, living tissues and other internal organs which need close monitoring. It is made up of small sticky sheets which can soon be implanted in a human's organ. The normal devices in the market today are made up of silicon and other solid components which can be irri .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Innovation Insight: Online Meet Offline

    By: Jessica Day Open innovation and crowdsourcing have become synonymous with the internet. Nearly all of the most popular crowdsourcing projects of the past ten years have happened online. Think about the Netflix prize or the SuperBowl fan-generated commercials – all of these competitions happen online. There are several reasons that an online e .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jessica Day
  • A New Antibiotic Kills Bacteria Without Resistance

    by: Giulia Pacchioni, PreScouter Global Scholar One of the big worries of the modern world is that antibiotic resistance is spreading at a higher rate than the production rhythm of new compounds to fight bacteria. Now a paper published in Nature brings a glimmer of hope that a new powerful antibiotic has been found. A team at Northeastern University developed an antibiotic that was extracted from soil bacteria, able to kill a huge range of microbes. No resistan .. ... READ MORE

    By: Giulia Pacchioni
  • All-in-One New Birth Control Pill & Viagra For Men

    AIRLANGGA UNIVERSITY, EAST JAVA, INDONESIA. Birth control in any country has been a very controversial issue. In most cases, it is up to the individuals on how to plan their families. But how many couples often disagree on how many children they should have? With the help of this new invention, birth control pills can soon be taken also by men. Justicia Gendarussa shrub was made into tea by a tribe of Papua so as to not impregnate their spouses. It is considered an herbal .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Does Innovation Require Diversity?

    by: Orin C. Davis, Ph.D. Since I'm a diversity consultant, people usually expect me to support the stance that innovation requires diversity. Not going to happen, because "diversity" has too many implications. Before I can even touch the question of whether diversity is a sine qua non of innovation, we need to get on the same page about what "diversity" means. Most of the time, people think diversity implies "a bunch of people who collectively tick .. ... READ MORE

    By: Orin Davis
  • When You Don’t Have the Resources to Innovate…Fix Your Culture!

    by: Orin C. Davis, Ph.D. A good half of the initial consultations I have with clients includes someone saying that the company lacks the personnel, time, and budget to engage in innovation, and they need me to figure out how to magically do more with less. In turn, I generally wave my wand in the direction of the actual problem they have, which isn't that they lack the resources to innovate, but rather that they lack the culture to pu .. ... READ MORE

    By: Orin Davis
  • New Antibiotics Prevent Hearing Loss

    By: Ayanna Flegler, PreScouter Global Scholar Bacterial infections remain a constant threat to human health. As treatment for such infections, antibiotics are used to either kill or prevent growth of bacteria. Aminoglycosides represent a widely used class of antibiotics that are effective, but can have a detrimental side effect of hearing loss. This reduction in hearing occurs when hair cells within the ear are lost as a result of aminoglycosides entering ear compartments. .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ayanna Flegler
  • Predicting the Future

    by: Harvey Wade How healthy is your organisation going to be this year? Will it be growing or will it struggle to survive? The future is uncertain; that’s good for bookmakers and fortune-tellers, but not good if you are trying to plan for the future. In my experience, all organisations regularly review their “key numbers”, normally revenue and cost, however, those numbers are in the past, there’s no ability to change what’s happened (legally). What will tho .. ... READ MORE

    By: Harvey Wade
  • GhostSwimmer

    Biomimicry, the emulation of nature’s blueprints and processes to come up with solutions to human problems, has long been inspiring inventions. In the fields of robotics and unmanned systems, this is one popular approach and an influential discipline in recent designs. One such innovation is the GhostSwimmer, a small, unmanned robot which swims through the water, resembling an albacore tuna but looks like a shark from a distance. It is around 1.5 meters long (about 5 feet), .. ... READ MORE

    By: May Alelin Pagal
  • 14 Ways to Get Breakthrough Ideas

    There's a lot of talk these days about the importance of innovation. All CEOs worth their low salt lunch want it. And they want it, of course, now. What sparks innovation? People. What sparks people? Inspired ideas that meet a need -- whether expressed or unexpressed -- ideas with enough mojo to rally sustained support. Is there anything a person can do -- .. ... READ MORE

    By: Mitch Ditkoff
  • Organic and Affordable Wearable Medical Device

    UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY, CA, USA. A group of engineers created a practical electronic device to measure vital signs. It is a new organic optoelectronic sensor which can measure your pulse-rate and blood oxygen. Unlike the traditional pulse oximeter that you put on your fingers or earlobes, this device can easily worn like an ordinary Band-Aid making it more convenient. The device may be the future of fitness trackers and wearable medical devices. The conventiona .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Pizza Hut Eye-Tracking Technology Identifies Your Cravings

    In this day and age, life offers everyone a multitude of options. How does a consumer choose? Often times, one spends a considerable amount of time in the choosing part alone. Pizza Hut, one of, if not the biggest name in the pizza industry which entices people with plenty of pizza flavors and selections, attempts to answer this one dilemma of modern era with its innovation dubbed as “the world’s first subconscious menu.” This Subconscious Menu consists of a tablet c .. ... READ MORE

    By: May Alelin Pagal
  • Do You Need A Personality Transplant to Innovate?

    There's a curious dynamic in IT. On the one hand, it is seen as the engine of the economy. Upstarts in Silicon Valley and other tech hubs disrupt existing industries and open up new business opportunities. On the other hand, corporate IT is seen as slow, cautious and frustrating. It is too often viewed as an impediment to be gotten around. Then, the company's tech group reports in to Finance — "Where IT goes to die," as one wit said to me recently. Accountants have th .. ... READ MORE

    By: John Muldoon
  • A Modernized Polarizing Filter for Smart Screens

    UNIVERSITY OF UTAH, UT, USA. A more dynamic polarizing filter is being developed by a team of engineers. It can help with longer battery life for your mobile phones and can also produce a better outcome for pictures taken under low lighting. When a normal polarizer is used, it blocks a significant amount of light. Therefore, a lot of energy is consumed. The development of this innovation is inevitable, especially in digital photography and LCD displays. When a polarized fi .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Building Blocks for Medical Imaging

    Diagnostic imaging has become critical for identifying and monitoring health issues. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an example of a widely used imaging technology that has greatly improved the capabilities of research and medicine. Within biological research, fluorescent chemical compounds are used for various applications. Researchers led by Drs. Molly A. Sowers and Jeremiah Johnson at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new class of nanopar .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ayanna Flegler
  • What Does Sustainable Innovation Mean?

    Meet SunShot Catalyst: an open innovation program that empowers the public to develop solutions that address near-term problems in the U.S. solar space. In 2014, the program asked the public to weigh in on the 130 problem statements that addressed the soft costs of solar energy. And then later in May, the platform opened a new open innovation effort asking for ideas from outside the solar industry in the form of five-minute videos describing high-level plans for addressing th .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jessica Day
  • The Market for Terahertz Products will Reach $570 Million by 2021

    The electromagnetic spectrum covers all the different wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation. This includes wavelengths we can see, visible light, and those which we cannot, radio waves and X-rays. Over the years, the “unseen” electromagnetic radiations have been scientifically explored and the result created a revolutionizing force in a countless number of applications, including those within manufacturing, biotechnology, medicine, communications, and co .. ... READ MORE

    By: May Alelin Pagal
  • New Inflatable Incubator Can Save Lives

    LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY, LEICESTERSHIRE, UK. Every year, about 15 million babies are born prematurely and more than 1 million do not make it because of complications from preterm birth. Countries with small resources soon may be able to afford this new incubator, which can save lives. Economically designed, the inflatable incubator  ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Be the Disruptor, Not the Disrupted

    In the past 25 years, modern society has undergone a number of significant changes due to the emergence of new and disruptive technologies. The emergence of the Internet and connected personal computers made it possible for individuals to freely access information and communicate with each other from the comfort of their homes. Companies at the forefront of this trend, such as PC manufacturers, software developers and upstarts like America Online, saw double, and even triple .. ... READ MORE

    By: Justin Starr
  • Unique Way Of Talking To Your Dog With New Device

    NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY, NC, USA. A new device, called Cyber Enhanced Working Dog (CEWP), may be every dog lover's wish come true: a state of the art harness which enables communication with your pet. Resembling a traditional dog harness, it is equipped with state of the art technology including GPS, microphones, cameras, gas sensors, vibration motors, and even an automated doggie-treat dispenser. The pet's owner then uploads the data collected via a computer. With .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Worry-Free Security Device For Your Home

    UNIVERSITY OF LINCOLN, LINCOLNSHIRE, ENGLAND: Fearing for the safety of our homes and businesses may never be a problem again thanks to a new technology called eLOQ, or electromechanical keys. This state-of-the-art software system developed by a team of British computer scientists and security specialists prevents lock picking and key copying by using custom electronic keys. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • GMOs Facts vs. Myths

    by: Justin Starr, PreScouter Staff Scientist Problem: Public Concern About Genetically Modified Organisms Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) represent a crossover between agriculture and biotechnology. By modifying the genetic makeup of crops, it should be possible for humankind to grow crops that are salt-tolerant, pest-resistant and high in nutrient content. Crops like tobacco can be modified to prod .. ... READ MORE

    By: Justin Starr
  • Ebola Treatment

    by: Justin Starr, PreScouter Staff Scientist Problem: Ebola, a deadly threat? The recent outbreaks of Ebola have garnered massive amounts of media attention in both the United States and the world at large. Although doctors have appeared on the major news networks to demystify the disease and how it spreads, public fear remains high. One of the reasons many are afraid of Ebola is that current t .. ... READ MORE

    By: Justin Starr
  • New Ice Skating Device Prevents Injuries

    ITHACA COLLEGE, NEW YORK, USA. A new advancement in the area of ice skating has been developed by a group of researchers. The cutting-edge development is a "smart" ice skating blade which can provide accurate statistical information on impact and strain during each use. This gadget is created to measure power and effort while skating, especially for the sport of figure skating. It would also assist trainers in preventing player injuries. A figure skater experiences a lot o .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • 3D Printed Mud Houses

    Humans have been building houses from mud for more than 9000 years. Now, a new concept of using 3D printers to provide low-cost, quickly built housing in the poorest areas of the planet revives this idea. In a world where nearly one billion people are homeless or live in substandard housing, this could be a revolution. The Italian printing company, WASP, developed an easy transportable 3D printer that is able to build a house at nearly zero cost from mud and natural fibers .. ... READ MORE

    By: Giulia Pacchioni
  • Rockefeller Neurobiology lab receives funding from BRAIN initiative

    by Jessie Towns The BRAIN Initiative Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) was launched by President Barack Obama in 2013. It is a ten-year initiative to “accelerate the development and application of new technologies that will enable researchers to produce dynamic pictures of the brain that show how individual brain cells and complex neural circuits interact at the speed of .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jessie Towns
  • The Role of Constraints as a Driver of Serial Innovation

    by Susana Gonzalez Ruiz Focused on the importance of resources and strategies, the key role of constraints as a trigger for innovations is often overlooked. This is the case of Factum Arte, a company I've contacted to learn more about their model of innovation. Based in Madrid (Spain), Factum Arte consists of a multidisciplinary team of artists, conservators, engineers and software developers devoted to the con .. ... READ MORE

    By: Susana Gonzalez Ruiz
  • The Aspartame Conspiracy

    It is perhaps natural to feel a suspicion towards artificial sweeteners. Nothing should be tasty without doing you any harm - that spoils the righteousness of self-denial, the good feeling that spurs you on to a diet consisting entirely of celery sticks and uncooked tomato! But it isn't just a dose of good old disbelief that has made aspartame the MMR of the chemical world: aspartame's is a tale of dark conspiracy. There are two strands of this tale: the US legal battle an .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rowena Fletcher-Wood
  • Will Wearable Technologies Impact Human Behavior ?

    I’ll make it clear from the beginning – I am biased. I have been, since childhood, a big fan of sci-fi literature and movies. This might have something to do with my current interest and belief in the future of wearable technologies, contextual computing, augmented reality and their convergence. The question I have is not if/when wearable technologies will go mainstream and become an inherent part of our lives, but rather what is the correlation between these techno .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sanda Berar
  • The Four Currents of a Culture of Innovation

    By Mitch Ditkoff, Co-Founder and President of Idea Champions I've been doing a lot of thinking these days about "culture of innovation" -- trying to get down to the root of what the heck it's all about. It's easy to wax poetic about the topic (and a lot of people do), but too much of the stuff I've been reading sounds like bad advertising copy for motherhood and apple pie. So, at the risk of oversimplifying the w .. ... READ MORE

    By: Mitch Ditkoff
  • Low-Cost, Higher-powered Cameras in Smartphones

    UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, AR, USA. A team of engineering researchers have invented a material which could be used for smartphones and computer chips for vehicles. Germanium tin which is stored in layers on a substrate of silicon is used for the project. By using this material, an outcome of better and economical infrared cameras for smartphones is expected. The quality of images that it should project shall be similar to the ones in military and satellite equipment. This mat .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • A New Generation of Rechargeable Solar Battery

    OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, OH, USA. The Solar battery invented by a team of researchers is a huge success. It is a combination of a battery and a solar cell which is very unique, as it is somewhat similar to a rechargeable battery but it runs on light and air. According to the inventor, they combined the use of low-cost battery and solar panel which is very efficient. In the process where electrons make their way in a battery and a solar cell there is always energy loss. Usual .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Innovation Lessons from The KGB

    I had the great privilege of being invited to present a keynote on leadership and innovation for Aripaev in Tallinn Estonia recently. The conference organisers had chosen to use the Innovation and Business Centre of the Tallinn University of Technology as the setting, due to its unique design as a space where great things happen. Whilst I was there I took a tour of the facilities with .. ... READ MORE

    By: Peter Cook
  • Bionic Eyes That Can See

    Bringing vision back to blind people is life-changing. With the help of Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System, blind people may restore their vision. Developed by Second Sight company, Argus II is the world's first approved "vision-restoring" device for blind people. This surgically implanted assistive device is designed for people who have lost their sight due to degenerative eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. While the light-sensitive cell .. ... READ MORE

    By: Yifei Zhang
  • How Next Generation Technologies Will Help Keep Citizens and First Responders Safe

    By Heidi Hattendorf, Motorola Solutions Director of Innovation Development, Chief Technology Office Every day, countless public safety heroes put their lives on the line in the pursuit of safer cities and citizens. Police officers arrive at the scene of an incident not knowing what’s behind the next door, firefighters run into burning buildings when everyone else is running out, and emergency medical technicians (EMT) and paramedics help patients at the scene of potentia .. ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Hattendorf
  • 3 Questions You Need to Answer About Your Next Great Idea

    Innovative ideas are the wellspring of any company’s growth. In fact, in a February 2014 presentation, Herman Wories of the DSM Innovation Center said: “Innovation is no longer a competitive advantage: it’s a competitive necessity. In order to keep up, you need to continuously innovate.” And although collecting ideas is a great first move, it’s nurturing those ideas into a more robust pitch that helps organizations make careful decisions. Oftentimes, organizatio .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jessica Day
  • Crafting a More Productive R&D & Marketing Innovation Partnership

    By Connie Williams, CMO & CKO Synecticsworld Ltd. Does your organization’s innovation feel like “In this corner, Marketing, in this corner, R&D”? If it does, that’s because R&D and Marketing work in very different ways, often seeing the world and opportunities very differently. The old, traditional way of working, with R&D and Marketing in .. ... READ MORE

    By: Connie Williams
  • Four Innovation Insights Only Customers Can Provide

    Innovation, whether through sole genius, synergistic pairs or wise crowds, does not happen in a vacuum. For an invention to become an innovation, it must change things for the better for a meaningful audience. But that leads to the question: How do we know whether an invention will actually help others? Customers, it turns out, already have that information for us. Customers are a rich source of innovation insight, and the ultimate authority on what innovation is useful. C .. ... READ MORE

    By: Hutch Carpenter
  • You Can’t Binge-laugh Your Way to Innovation

    You can’t binge-laugh your way to innovation. Nor can you be in an innovative frame of mind if you work like a lunatic and then sleep for 24 hours straight to catch up. Why does this matter to you as an executive or innovation leader? It’s simple. You need to keep your head in the game. This is particularly important for senior executives who exhort staff to be more “innovative.” These execs — already burdened with a host of other responsibilities — run the .. ... READ MORE

    By: John Muldoon
  • Seek Out Cooperation

    “In this new wave of technology, you can’t do it all yourself, you have to form alliances.” – Carlos Slim Helu, formerly Forbes’ Richest Man in the World The business landscape is changing. All up and down the scope and size of businesses, you can now find businesses who are reaching out to other companies – sometimes even their direct competition – and working together. It starts with this basic fact: there are companies that do things b .. ... READ MORE

    By: Zach Heller
  • Genetically Modified Insects for Better Harvest

    UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA, NORWICH, ENGLAND. A lot of crops around the world suffer from different pest infestation and have started to become an alarming issue in terms of food production. A team of researchers have recently developed a study involving genetically-created fruit flies. The experimental creatures are said to possibly be the key to control the real problem of pest infestation in crops. The new method is currently called "Sterile Insect Technique". It would be u .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • How a Transparent Window Coating can Harvest Solar Energy

    MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, MICHIGAN, USA. The sunlight coming through your window as you read this article could one day be the source of the electricity your computer needs to run. In an article recently published in Advanced Optical Materials, researchers from Michigan State University presented a perfectly transparent luminescent solar concentrator that could be used on windows or smartphone screens to harvest solar energy. The device works thanks to tiny organic molecu .. ... READ MORE

    By: Giulia Pacchioni
  • An Interview with the Godfather of Funk, Mr. George Clinton, on Improvisation and Innovation

    I had the extraordinary pleasure of conducting an interview with George Clinton recently on parallel ideas about improvisation and innovation from the world of funk’n'soul. Check out the film further down this article for the interview. Who is George Clinton? In case you are not familiar with the legend that is George Clinton, here is a brief biography. George Clinton was the principal architect of the genre of music that has come to be known as P-Funk, via his e .. ... READ MORE

    By: Peter Cook
  • A Device Acting as a Bionic Pancreas to Treat Diabetes

    Imagine having Type 1 diabetes, and living with the disease, without worrying about your blood-sugar level.  This could now be possible thanks to a new, bionic pancreas. Type 1 diabetes is an illness treatable through insulin injections and self-administered blood-sugar tests that are performed several times per day. However, controlling the amount of sugar in the blood can be tricky.  For example, catching a flu can drastically change the need for insulin for days. Now .. ... READ MORE

    By: Giulia Pacchioni
  • 4 Benefits to Collaborating with Customers

    Innovation, we can all agree, covers a wide range of sins. It can be incremental or it can be transformational. It can impact any aspect of an organization from products and processes to organizational structure and market position. What is changing in the world of innovation, however, is the trend towards open innovation. The boundaries that once separated different disciplines are eliminated so that broadened conversations resulting in real-world solutions can include the .. ... READ MORE

    By: Jessica Day
  • Basic and Affordable Device for Medical Testing

    HARVARD UNIVERSITY, MA, USA. A team of researchers has come up with a brilliant invention which could help rural communities around the world. It is an inexpensive apparatus used to monitor diabetes, identify pollution in the environment, and perform testing that can only be done by costly, hi-tech equipment. This amazing breakthrough only costs around $25 and weighs just two ounces, making it a handy tool for anyone. The apparatus was created to be user-friendly and was m .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • Wi-Fi Backscatter Could Eliminate Need For Batteries

    What if you could connect to the Internet without having to spend money on batteries or electricity? Thanks to engineers at the University of Washington, you may soon be able to do just that. Building on previous research (that showed how low-­powered devices could run without batteries using energy from radio, TV and wireless signals in the air), these engineers designed a communication system that provides Internet connectivity to devices. The technology, called Wi-­F .. ... READ MORE

    By: Quinn Murphy
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