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Crowd science provides major boost for certain research projects

January 6, 2015 8:04 am | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Crowd science is making possible research projects that might otherwise be out of reach, tapping thousands of volunteers to help with such tasks as classifying animal photos, studying astronomical images, counting sea stars and examining cancer cell images. Also known as “citizen science,” these efforts to involve ordinary people in research projects have attracted interest from policy makers, scientific agencies and others.

Report: 2011 extramural R&D funding by U.S.-located businesses nears $30 billion

July 24, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

According to a new report available from NSF's...

Scientists turn to public to help pay for research

July 9, 2014 2:22 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Crowdfunding, the practice of using the Internet...

NSF, NIH collaborate to accelerate advance of biomedical innovations

June 19, 2014 8:39 am | News | Comments

A new collaboration between the National Science...

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New data show how states are doing in science

May 16, 2014 8:08 am | News | Comments

A newly updated, online, interactive state data tool published by the National Science Board is enabling policymakers, educators, and other users to discern trends in education, science and research in each of the 50 states. The tool features 59 state indicators of state performance in education, the scientific workforce, R&D investments and activities, and high-tech business.

Researchers reveal phrases that pay on Kickstarter

January 15, 2014 7:43 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology studying the burgeoning phenomenon of crowdfunding have learned that the language used in online fundraising hold surprisingly predictive power about the success of such campaigns. While offering donors a gift may improve a campaign’s success, the study found the language project creators used to express the reward made the difference.

Food-tech startups aim to replace eggs and chicken

December 9, 2013 1:35 pm | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | News | Comments

Funded by prominent Silicon Valley investors and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Hampton Creek Foods seeks to disrupt a global egg industry that backers say wastes energy, pollutes the environment, causes disease outbreaks and confines chickens to tiny spaces. The company, which just started selling a mayonnaise made without eggs, is part of a new generation of so-called food-tech ventures that aim to change the way we eat.


Researchers investigate role of consumers in sustainable product development

December 5, 2013 9:02 am | News | Comments

From green electricity tariffs to car sharing schemes, many sustainable products and services are being brought to market by start-ups. However, there has been relatively little research into how and why individuals take this step and whether their start-ups become a success. Fourteen European institutes coordinated by the Technical Univ.  of Munich will be investigating this trend to see what potential it holds for a sustainable economy.

Wisconsin lawmakers approve venture capital bill

June 18, 2013 7:52 pm | by KEVIN WANG - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

State lawmakers on Tuesday approved legislation that would invest millions of dollars in public and private money in Wisconsin startups despite criticism that the investment targets only limited industries. The bipartisan legislation would create a program that invests $25 million from the state and at least $50 million in private money in young Wisconsin companies

Google invests $200 million in Texas wind farm

January 9, 2013 6:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

  Google Inc. is investing $200 million in a Texas wind farm, the Internet search leader's latest big bet on the future alternative energy. The commitment to the Spinning Spur Wind Project announced Wednesday brings Google's total investments in alternative energy to about $1.2 billion. The company has backed 11 different projects with a combined capacity to produce 2 gigawatts of electricity—enough to power about 500,000 U.S. homes for a year.

Hatching Business Success

February 15, 2012 11:51 am | by Paul Livingstone | Articles | Comments

The general rule of thumb is that most new businesses fail. But the incubator model is beginning to change those statistics for companies who seek the right kind of help.

Georgia Tech spinoff secures funding for phone security technology

January 26, 2012 7:29 am | News | Comments

How can you be sure that an incoming phone call is really from a customer and not an overseas criminal intent on fraud? For major financial services companies, that's a growing concern as the telephone system adopts Internet technologies—and the security issues that come with them. A startup company based on technology developed at Georgia Tech offers a solution to that challenge.


MIT sees promise in American manufacturing

January 26, 2012 2:48 am | by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office | News | Comments

As the United States seeks to reinvigorate its job market and move past economic recession, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology examines manufacturing's role in America's economic future through work at the institute around manufacturing.

Purdue launches commercialization center to accelerate discovery

January 24, 2012 9:22 am | News | Comments

Purdue University President France A Córdova announced the launch of a new research commercialization center that will move Purdue discoveries to the marketplace more quickly, increase revenue for the university, and spur economic development in Indiana and the nation.

Engineers to pour water into volcano to make power

January 15, 2012 4:10 pm | by Jeff Bernard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Geothermal energy developers plan to pump 24 million gallons of water into the side of a dormant volcano in Central Oregon this summer to demonstrate new technology they hope will give a boost to a green energy sector that has yet to live up to its promise. The federal government, Google and other investors are interested enough to bet $43 million on the project.

Startup to develop drug delivery targeted to the back of the eye

January 6, 2012 6:34 am | News | Comments

Technology developed by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University for delivering drugs and other therapeutics to specific locations in the eye provides the foundation for a startup company that has received a $4 million venture capital investment.

Congress reaches deal on SBIR reauthorization

December 13, 2011 7:14 am | News | Comments

The Small Business Innovation Research and the Small Business Technology Transfer programs were both set to expire on Dec. 16, 2011. But on Monday evening, Congress successfully negotiated a long-term reauthorization.


Report: Top U.S. firms show strong 2010 R & D investment jump

October 18, 2011 11:53 am | News | Comments

The European Union Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard, published annually by the European Commission, tracks the world’s top 1,400 companies and ranks their investments in R&D. The report shows global R&D investment increased by 4%, but some regions are lagging behind others in investment growth.

First round of Innovation Corps awards announced

October 7, 2011 12:25 pm | News | Comments

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected 21 teams for the inaugural class of its I-Corp awards. Winning teams will receive guidance from private- and public-sector experts, participate in a specially designed training curriculum, and receive $50,000 to begin assessing the commercial readiness of their technology concepts.

Indonesian tech frenzy tantalizes venture capital

August 10, 2011 5:54 am | by Robin McDowell, Associated Press | News | Comments

A few years ago, Internet connections were so slow in Indonesia that a YouTube clip took 20 minutes to download. Now, the nation of 240 million people is a leader in social networking use, attracting investors and prompting an explosion of start-ups. Experts wonder: Will this growth last?

A New Device for Venture Capital

February 9, 2011 10:59 am | by David W. Kantaros, Partner, Private Equity and Venture Capital, Foley & Lardner LLP, Boston and Keith D. Lindenbaum, Partner Intellectual Property Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee | Articles | Comments

As venture capital continues to shrink, medical device developers are finding new investment options, from “friends and family” to corporate investors.

Public offerings for space travel

June 11, 2010 5:47 am | by Paul Livingstone | Blogs | Comments

According to Musk, SpaceX is profitable with more than $2.5 billion in orders for satellite launches and a strengthening relationship with NASA. Tesla has been selling steadily, too, and the Model S 4-door electric luxury car is taking shape. But money is short and $1 billion is needed quickly. Is an IPO the only choice?

With Innovation from Russia?

April 12, 2010 9:52 am | Blogs | Comments

If we needed any further proof of the inferiority complex Russia seems to be continually chafing under, Viktor Vekselberg, one of the country’s most successful oligarchs, has been placed in charge of the new Kremlin effort to create a Russian Silicon Valley.

A rough ride: the green energy rollercoaster

April 9, 2010 8:31 am | by Paul Livingstone | Blogs | Comments

The economic stimulus of 2009 was partly supposed inject a little nitrous oxide into the burgeoning green energy sector. But the jury's still out on whether green energy is the future of U.S. jobs. And we’re still not sure which green jobs those will be.

How Patent Vulnerability Impacts Valuation

February 8, 2010 9:28 am | by David Wanetick | Application Notes

Patent valuation is one of the trickiest tasks a company can face, according to patent law expert David Wanetick with The Business Development Academy, who has written a primer on how valuation—and vulnerability—can affected by many factors.

Biotech firms receive lion's share of VC

July 27, 2009 12:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Biotechnology leapt ahead as the biggest recipient of U.S. venture capital money in the second quarter, but first-time venture investments in companies overall dropped to a 15-year low, a trade association reported.

2009 Global R & D Funding Forecast Update

June 9, 2009 9:32 am | Articles | Comments

A recession, stimulus, new administration, continuing resolutions, and globalization effects have altered the picture of R&D spending from just six months ago.

A Strong Future for Independent Research

February 23, 2009 7:03 am | by Martha Walz | Articles | Comments

Despite the current economic downturn, independent research organizations remain optimistic. For the tenth consecutive year, the editors of R&D Magazine interviewed the CEOs of the leading independent R&D laboratories in the U.S. to determine the challenges and opportunities they face.

Government and Industrial R & D Face Challenges

January 31, 2008 7:00 pm | by Jules Duga, PhD, Senior Research Scientist; Martin Grueber, Senior Research Scientist; Battelle, Columbus, Ohio. Tim Studt, Editor in Chief, R&D Magazine | Articles | Comments

An internal Battelle survey draws upon the views and experiences of staff who are closely involved with the conduct of research that supports a wide range of government and industrial clients.

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