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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.

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...

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...

Innovation on Wheels

December 14, 2012 11:35 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

The Mars Science Laboratory is more than the biggest rolling science laboratory ever put on...

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Far More than Trivial

December 15, 2011 4:41 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

In building and programming the world's most capable natural language processing computer, David Ferrucci, and IBM Research's DeepQA Team are shooting far higher than a million-dollar payday on "Jeopardy!".

Innovator of the Year: Dr. David Ferrucci and IBM’s DeepQA Team

September 28, 2011 10:22 am | News | Comments

Since 2000, R&D Magazine has annually honored an individual whose research has greatly contributed to the advance of high technology, and whose achievements have helped change society. In 2011, for the first time, the editors recognize the teamwork involved in making possible the most advanced computer-supported intelligence system yet: Watson.

The Business Side of Superconductivity

December 10, 2010 6:14 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

The discovery of superconductors transformed the life of a young materials scientist. Now, R&D Magazine’s Innovator of the Year hopes his work will do the same for the rest of us.

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A Collaborative Success

December 10, 2010 6:05 am | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

R&D Magazine’s 2010 Young Innovator of the Year, Eric Dauler, PhD, knows best that collaboration is the key to innovation.

2010 R & D Innovator of the Year: Amit Goyal, PhD

November 9, 2010 9:26 am | Articles | Comments

Amit Goyal, R&D Magazine’s 11th Innovator of the Year, is best known for his contributions to the practical use of high-temperature superconductors and his successful efforts in the development and fabrication of wires that allow HTS to be adopted in the commercial marketplace.

2010 R & D Young Innovator of the Year: Eric Dauler, PhD

November 9, 2010 9:13 am | Articles | Comments

At age 30, Eric Dauler, PhD, has made significant contributions to the development of single-photon detectors, detector speeds, array sizes, multi-photon detection, and detector efficiency.

Innovation strikes again

April 15, 2010 8:25 am | Blogs | Comments

For years, R&D Magazine has been honoring the scientists and researchers behind some of the greatest innovations and discoveries in science with the Innovator of the Year and Scientist of the Year Awards. This year is no exception; R&D Magazine is again turning to the R&D community to help us identify the best minds in research and development by nominating candidates for our Scientist of the Year, Innovator of the Year, and Young Innovator of Year awards.

Question. Answer. Question.

April 13, 2010 8:22 am | by Rita C. Peters | Articles | Comments

The best way to find out what someone wants is to ask. In surveys, we asked readers about the tools they use in their research, what they like, what they don’t like, and improvements they would like to see. Then, we asked the companies that develop these tools to describe what they offer, and what they are doing to meet market demands.

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Dr. Kevin N. Sill: The Delivery of Innovation

December 21, 2009 9:02 am | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

For people living with cancer, treating their disease successfully is often marred by the many side effects associated with intravenous chemotherapy. Emerging drug delivery technologies focus on limiting the exposure of healthy cells to these toxic agents, but few have the potential to improve patient care in a significant way. Kevin N. Sill, PhD, has designed an advanced method for encapsulating a wide variety of therapeutic agents into a polymer-based drug delivery system, called the IVECT Method.

Dr. Hans van Leeuwen: Fighting Famine with Fungi

December 21, 2009 8:54 am | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

From water purification methods, to creating food and animal feed from waste, to making the purest alcohol ever, van Leeuwen has left his mark on society and throughout the world.

Helping the third world

November 10, 2009 6:31 am | Blogs | Comments

As a girl, growing up, I developed a weird infatuation with beauty pageants. Although more of a tomboy in my younger years, most of my friends were what I would call “girly-girls,” some were even heavy into the pageant scene. I remember always going over to their houses and playing Miss America. Yes, I have to admit that is quite an embarrassing confession for me.

Young Innovator of the Year: Dr. Kevin Sill

November 2, 2009 3:55 am | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

Cancer is a deadly disease that effects millions of people around the world annually. For some patients if the disease doesn’t kill them, the constant injections of toxic chemotherapy drugs could cause severe side effects. However, this era of toxic chemo drugs running throughout cancer victim’s bodies can come to a halt thanks to Kevin Sill PhD, chief science officer at Intezyne Technologies, Inc. (Tampa, Flor.), and his development of the IVECT Method.

Innovator of the Year: Dr. Hans van Leeuwen

November 2, 2009 3:44 am | by Lindsay Hock | Articles | Comments

It all began with a boy and his interest in microorganisms and fungi. Dr. Hans van Leeuwen, president of MycoInnovations and Professor of Environmental and Biological Engineering at Iowa State Univ., was infatuated with these small intricate organisms at a young age, brewing beer and wine, and making cheese and yogurt during his school years. He still eats his homemade yogurt every morning for breakfast. Soon this hobby turned into major innovations that can be used around the world, with the hopes of making the world a cleaner and healthier place.

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Innovation that Resonates

November 30, 2008 7:00 pm | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

In his quest to advance the early detection of breast cancer, Cameron Piron, the 2008 R&D Magazine Innovator of the Year, is staying at the forefront of a renaissance in magnetic resonance imaging.

Rocket Man

September 4, 2007 6:06 am | Articles | Comments

Elon Musk is on a mission to develop innovative solutions to many of mankind's toughest challenges.

To Build a Better World

August 21, 2006 10:30 am | Articles | Comments

If I'm awake, I'm working,'' says classical Type A engineer Dean Kamen of the way that he interprets his life style and work regimen. Kamen is President of DEKA Research and Development Corp., Manchester, N.H., and founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

Bringing Sight to the Blind

August 12, 2005 10:50 am | Articles | Comments

Dr. Mark Humayun has seen the world. Now he’s helping others see it too with the creation of the artificial retina.

Burt Rutan Takes Us to the Stars

August 16, 2004 9:44 am | Articles | Comments

Driven by the recent success of SpaceShipOne, Burt Rutan seeks to show the world his dream of a space tourism industry—and make it come true.

Ian Foster Named 2003 Innovator of the Year

October 10, 2003 5:13 am | Articles | Comments

The Grid Defined Ian Foster initially defined a computational grid as a "hardware and software infrastructure that provides dependable, consistent, pervasive, and inexpensive access to high-end computational capabilities.

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