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3-D Printing Blasts Off, Explodes Into the Future

February 13, 2015 | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

In 2013, battle lines were drawn. Two stark competitors were looking to speed repairs and cut costs on parts for gas turbines. First to the drawing board was GE, who started using 3-D printing technology at its Global Research Center in Niskayuna, N.Y., to produce more than 85,000 fuel nozzles for its anticipated LEAP engine technology.

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Machine Learning’s Impact on Solar Energy

July 29, 2015 1:00 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

In 2013, solar was the second-largest source of new electricity generating capacity in the U.S., exceeded only by natural gas. A USA SunShot Vision Study suggests solar power could provide as much as 14% of U.S. electricity demand by 2030, and 27% by 2050. There are currently two main customers for renewable energy forecasting technologies: utility companies and independent system operators (ISOs).


Microsoft Needs a “Splash” with Windows 10

July 29, 2015 8:50 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Global rollouts of Microsoft’s new operating system (OS) Windows 10 begin at midnight and, with the release, the company is “opting for significance over stability,” according to Kevin Paul Scott, co-founder of brand consulting firm ADDO Worldwide.


Combined Orthogonal Mobility & Mass Evaluation Technology (CoMet): A Triple S Approach

July 29, 2015 8:00 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

Every Wednesday, R&D Magazine will feature a R&D 100 Flashback, chosen from our R&D 100 roster of past winners who have presented an innovative technology or product. This week’s flashback is Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Combined Orthogonal Mobility & Mass Evaluation Technology (CoMet), which won in 2013.


Four-pronged Flu Prevention

July 29, 2015 7:30 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

Influenza is a viral infection that lasts for about a week and affects the nose, throat, bronchi and lungs. It is characterized by sudden onset of high fever, aching muscles, headache and severe malaise, non-productive cough, sore throat and rhinitis. The virus can be easily transmitted from person-to-person, but is also classified as a zoonotic virus, as it can affect animals and be transmitted from animals to people, as well.


AI Researchers Warn Against “Arms Race”

July 28, 2015 6:00 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Stephen Hawking, Noam Chomsky, Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak are among the many signatories of a letter warning against the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and weapons, something the Future of Life Institute sees as feasible within years.


The Top Three Reasons Why New Products Fail

July 28, 2015 4:00 pm | by Victor Covone | Comments

No one said launching a new product was easy. It requires a great idea, innovation, marketing, a competitive edge and, ultimately, getting others to care about the problem you’re trying to solve. This plays out weekly on Shark Tank—a flood of people enter the tank believing they have the next great idea.


Quality Standards for Pharma

July 28, 2015 2:30 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

When you go to your local Walmart, CVS or Wallgreens to pick up cold medicine (or any other health product), do you ever think of the quality of the product? More than likely you grab the product off the shelf and hurry home to remedy your illness or whatever health ailment you might face. Little do we think of the testing behind the medications prescribed to us that improve the quality of our lives.


Cosmic Winds Shape Galaxy Evolution

July 28, 2015 1:00 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The cloudy oval nucleus of NGC 4921, a spiral galaxy, morphs into a spiraling cinnamon swirl as it extends outwards. The brown turns to blue wisps and the faint arms loop around, fading against a background of stars and other galaxies. NGC 4921 is located in the Coma cluster, 300 million light years from Earth, and is the closest high-mass cluster to our solar system.


Largest Radio Telescope Set for 2016 Completion

July 28, 2015 10:00 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

In the mountains of China’s Guizhou Province, workers began constructing the panels of the world’s largest radio telescope, with a dish the size of 30 football fields and shaped like a bowl. According to the Xinhua News Agency, last week technicians began assembling the telescope’s reflector, which is 500 m in diameter and made up of 4,450 panels.


WTO to Eliminate Tariffs on Over 200 IT Products

July 27, 2015 8:45 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Fifty-four World Trade Organization (WTO) members recently reached an agreement to expand the scope of the organization’s Information Technology Agreement (ITA), effectively phasing out hundreds of tariffs on information technology exports worldwide.


High-Elevation Fires on the Rise in Sierra Nevada

July 27, 2015 5:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

In August 2013, a forest fire blazed through California’s Sierra Nevada. It burned approximately 257,314 acres, and suppression costs alone numbered around $127 million. According the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s estimates, the Rim Fire released 11,352,608 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is akin to annual greenhouse emissions form 2.3 million cars, or annual carbon dioxide emissions from 3.2 coal fired power plants.


Funds Bolster Algae Biofuel Development

July 27, 2015 2:15 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Rotifers are semitransparent microscopic animals. Watching them feed under a microscope, one can’t help but feel a sense of awe at nature’s complexity. Its oval-shaped body rotates as it ingests small beads of algae. However, grazers, such as rotifers and chytrids, can account for a 30% loss in annual algal biomass, according to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.


The R&D Index: Market Pulse – July 27, 2015

July 27, 2015 1:30 pm | by Tim Studt | Comments

The R&D Index for the week ending July 24, 2015, closed at 1,660.85 for the 25 companies in the Index. The Index was down 3.22% (or more than 55 points) over the previous week (ending July 17) with pharmaceutical companies down 2.90% for the week, automotive companies down 2.01% and ICT (information and communications technology) companies down 4.66%.


Warming Temps Led to Mammoth’s Downfall

July 27, 2015 9:26 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Mammoths were formidable creatures. According to the Univ. of California Museum of Paleontology, most mammoths were larger than modern day elephants. Elephants consume between 130 and 660 lbs of food per day, and drink between 16 and 40 gallons of water per. That being said, think of the potential numbers a mammoth might consume and produce.


Ice Flows and the Dark Side of Pluto

July 26, 2015 6:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Even at Pluto’s estimated surface temperature of around -380 F, nitrogen ice can creep across the surface of the planet’s icy plain, which has been informally named “Sputnik Planum,” located in Pluto’s heart, the “Tombaugh Regio."



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