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Bubble wrap serves as sheet of tiny test tubes in resource-limited regions

July 16, 2014 11:46 am | News | Comments

Popping the blisters on the bubble wrap might be the most enjoyable thing about moving. But now, researchers led by 2007 R&D Magazine Scientist of the Year George Whitesides propose a more productive way to reuse the popular packing material: as a sheet of small, test tube-like containers for medical and environmental samples. Analyses can take place right in the bubbles.

2014 R&D 100 Award winners announced

July 11, 2014 9:32 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Award Winners

The editors of R&D Magazine have announced the winners of the 52nd annual R&D...

2014 R&D 100 Award Winners

July 11, 2014 7:30 am | Award Winners

Introducing R&D Magazine's 2014 R&D 100 Award winners. The 2014 R&D 100...

Silicon oxide memories catch manufacturers’ eye

July 10, 2014 5:06 pm | by Jade Boyd, Rice Univ. | News | Comments

First developed five years ago at Rice Univ.,...

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June 2014 Issue of R&D Magazine

June 25, 2014 10:20 am | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of R&D Magazine features the profiles of our annual Laboratory of the Year winners. This year's winners include the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Energy Systems Integration Facility, Penn State Univ.'s Eva J. Pell Laboratory for Advanced Biological Studies, Washington State Univ.'s Veterinary Biomedical and Research Building, and the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.

Integration Realized

June 4, 2014 3:43 pm | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

Today’s smartphone is a complicated power device, using a small lithium-ion battery of about 1,400-mAh capacity to power a variety of electronic systems, including a touchscreen display, a central processing unit, antennas, speakers and a microphone. All of its components, including the materials used to build it, are optimized to perform as efficiently as possible to extend battery life.

New “Views” on Biocontainment Facility

June 4, 2014 3:35 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

The genesis of the Eva J. Pell Laboratory was driven by the need for high-containment lab space which, in 2006, was not available at Pennsylvania State Univ. (PSU). Numerous researchers were considering leaving the university as their research needs required a BSL-3 facility; and PSU’s leadership was determined not only to retain PIs who required these facilities, but also to emerge as a regional leader in infectious disease research.

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A Shining Example for Veterinary Science

June 4, 2014 3:27 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

The Veterinary Biomedical and Research Building (VBRB) at Washington State Univ. (WSU) celebrates the significant achievements and contributions that hundreds of small, often unknown academic institutions make in the field of global research. Located in a rural community of less than 6,000 residents, WSU attracts world-class research faculty.

A Platinum Solution for Ocean Sciences

June 4, 2014 3:13 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Researchers at leading institutions, including Scripps and Wood’s Hole, are working to understand the key processes that are driving evolution and change in world’s ocean ecosystem. The recently completed Bigelow lab is one of these places, and it reflects the latest thinking about how to conduct effective ocean research and unravel the complexities of ocean health and climate change.

2014 Laboratory of the Year Vital Stats

June 4, 2014 3:05 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. Judging for this year’s competition took place on Thursday, February 20th and was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of laboratory architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design Newsletter.

2014 Laboratory of the Year Judges

June 4, 2014 2:52 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

R&D Magazine would like to thank the judges of the 48th Laboratory of the Year competition. In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. Judging for this year’s competition took place on Thursday, February 20th and was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel lab design experts.

R&D 100 Success Stories: Materials

May 8, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

The R&D 100 Awards are typically given in 20 technology categories, which are selected by the editors based on the types of entries that are received. One of the most basic of inventions is that of new materials, and it is one of the most common type of winner in the R&D 100 Awards. R&D’s editors like to keep track of its winners and some recent new materials innovations have made significant strides in the marketplace.

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R&D 100 featured winner: RTI’s NLite nanofiber lighting technology

May 1, 2014 8:56 am | Videos | Comments

Of all the electricity generated in the U.S., more than quarter is consumed by lighting. In 2010, North Carolina’s RTI International launched a new product, NLite, intended to help alleviate this burden by improving the reflectance performance of power-intensive lighting devices such as luminaires and liquid crystal displays. The technology, based on nanofiber reflectance polymers, won a 2011 R&D 100 Award.

Featured R&D 100 winner: Livermore’s movie-mode electron microscope

April 30, 2014 9:13 am | Videos | Comments

In 2010 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory introduced a new type of electron microscope that could study structural dynamics in condensed matter with the help of a nanosecond laser “pump” that could capture images. In 2013, the laboratory won another R&D 100 Award for speeding up this process more than 100,000 times, resulting in a “movie-mode” version of the instrument.

R&D 100 winners that make an impact

April 25, 2014 9:29 am | News | Comments

Winners of R&D 100 Awards must often wait months or even years before the market decides their innovation can become a truly successful product. The editors at R&D follow the fortunes of many these winners, and we are often surprised at the way they can quickly transform entire industries. Recent announcements from R&D 100-winning companies like Newlight, Dow Chemical and Leica Microsystems reflect this level of success.

Did you know? 3M Company has won 30 R&D 100 Awards

April 11, 2014 9:46 am | News | Comments

3M Company is known for its innovative products, and that’s reflected in the Minnesota-based company’s substantial number of R&D 100 Awards wins over the years. 3M was one of R&D Magazine’s very first winners, getting an Award for an electrical curing concept in 1963. But not all of 3M’s awards for adhesives and coatings; the company was at the forefront of new innovations for the information age.

Physicist wins $1.3M tech prize for data storage

April 10, 2014 5:12 pm | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anyone who uses large data centers, cloud services, social networks or gets music and film online can thank British-American physicist Stuart Parkin. Parkin, who was R&D Magazine’s first Innovator of the Year in 2001, has won the 1 million-euro Millennium Technology Prize this week for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase in digital data storage on magnetic disks.

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R&D Magazine's Laboratory of the Year Winners

March 23, 2014 11:30 am | Articles | Comments

The Laboratory of the Year competition, sponsored by R&D Magazine, recognizes innovative designs, materials, and construction for laboratory facilities. The winners of this prestigious competition are listed here from its start in 1967. This year marks the competition's 48th year.

R&D Magazine Announces the 2014 Laboratory of the Year Winners

February 27, 2014 7:46 am | by R&D Magazine Editors | News | Comments

In its 48th year, the Laboratory of the Year Awards continue to recognize excellence in research laboratory design, planning and construction. Judging for this year’s competition took place on Thursday, February 20th and was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of laboratory architects, engineers, equipment manufacturers, researchers and the editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design Newsletter.

Inspired Chemistry

December 10, 2013 3:09 pm | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

In the late 1980s, when setting up his first laboratory, an asst. prof. of chemistry at the Univ. of South Carolina had a conversation with a scientist at IBM Yorktown, Avi Aviram, who had recently authored a paper speculating on a new type of perpendicularly shaped molecule that, if artificially created and equipped with active sensing points, could be used as a molecular switch for computing.

A Clear View from Any Angle

December 10, 2013 3:06 pm | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

The first LCD television was invented in 1972 at Westinghouse in Pennsylvania. Like many important inventions, it didn’t become a common sight in the average home for several decades. It took the combined efforts of many researchers and several corporations to create a display of acceptable quality in the late 1990s. In the early 2000s, another innovation helped set the stage for the proliferation of LCD displays: Multilayer Optical Film.

R&D 100 Video: Dry Machining Protection

December 2, 2013 11:52 am | Videos | Comments

More than 100 million gallons of cutting fluid is used each year in the U.S. to protect wet machining tools. Dry machining is a more ecologically friendly alternative to wet machining, but a lack of available cutting tools that offer the necessary lubrication and desired hot hardness has limited its usage. NanoMech Inc. has now introduced a technology that offers a potential 500% efficiency improvement on the industry standard.

R&D Magazine announces 2013 Innovator of the Year

November 1, 2013 9:32 am | News | Comments

The Innovator of the Year Award, one of R&D Magazine’s top individual awards, is presented each year to an individual or team in the area of research and development who has demonstrated leadership, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. This year, the editors are pleased to announce the selection of Andrew J. Ouderkirk of 3M Company as the 2013 R&D Magazine Innovator of the Year.

R&D Magazine announces 2013 Scientist of the Year

November 1, 2013 9:25 am | News | Comments

Each year, the editors of R&D Magazine chooses a scientist they believe embodies the spirit of research and development. For his accomplishments in both the laboratory and as a leader of the world’s largest federal body devoted to energy research, we honor Rice University’s  T. T. and W. F. Chao Professor of Chemistry James M. Tour, the 2013 R&D Magazine Scientist of the Year.

October 2013 Issue of R&D Magazine

October 30, 2013 1:05 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

This month's issue of R&D Magazine celebrates the 2013 R&D 100 Award winners. Our editors also take a look at simulation software for process solutions, the evolution of optical spectroscopy, nanoindentation technology and trends in electronic test instrumentation and lab equipment.

2014 Laboratory of the Year competition open for entries

October 28, 2013 10:54 am | News | Comments

The editors of R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design are now accepting entries to the 48th international Laboratory of the Year competition. This annual award recognizes the best new and renovated laboratories that combine all aspects of the building into a superior working environment. The entry deadline is January 31, 2014 (11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time).

R&D 100 Video: Solution for Magnetic Flux Leakage

September 23, 2013 10:09 am | Videos | Comments

FluxMerge, adjusts the magnetic reluctance distribution across the pole faces opposite the airgap. The magnetic flux crossing over the airgap, as a result, merges toward the central axis along the magnetic circuit path to reduce leakage into the surrounding space. Reduced airgap leakage improves efficiency by about 1.5%, and offers the opportunity for more compact designs.

2013 R&D 100 Awards Banquet Information

September 16, 2013 2:56 pm | Award Winners

Called the "Oscars of Invention", the R&D 100 Awards recognize and celebrate the top 100 technology products of the year. The R&D 100 Awards banquet is scheduled for Nov. 7, 2013 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. Read on to learn more about the Awards banquet and Awards presentation.

Hollywood for Electron Microscopy

September 4, 2013 10:24 am | Award Winners

Developers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have introduced the Movie Mode Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope (MM-DTEM), which can capture an in situ multiframe movie that reveals a complex sequence of nanoscale events with frame rates over 100,000 times faster than those of conventional techniques. MM-DTEM is based on a TEM that has been modified to include two pulsed lasers, the sample drive laser and the cathode laser.

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