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Innovation predicts higher profits and stock returns
A large-scale study of the link between innovation and financial performance in Australian companies has found more innovative companies post higher future profits and stock returns. (2021-02-16)

Meet the Smurfs: A bone metabolism family
Researchers from Osaka University and Ehime University have found that protein Smurf2 can regulate a cellular pathway that affects bone metabolism. Smurf2 can mark certain messenger proteins--specifically those that are part of the bone morphogenetic protein signaling pathway--for destruction to prevent the signals from going out of control. The BMP-induced bone in mice without Smurf2 had higher mass and formation rates. These findings improve our understanding of various bone defects. (2021-02-08)

Nickel phosphide nanoparticle catalyst is the full package
Osaka University researchers prepared a nickel phosphide nanoparticle catalyst on a hydrotalcite support (nano-Ni2P/HT) that showed high activity and selectivity in the hydrogenation of D-glucose to D-sorbitol. The catalyst was air-stable, reusable, and effective in water and at 25°C or 1 bar hydrogen gas pressure. Its mild operating conditions will contribute to the low-cost, green, and sustainable production of D-sorbitol for food, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical industries. (2021-02-04)

Supersaturation: The barrier between protein folding and misfolding
It's commonly accepted that protein folding/misfolding are alternative reactions of unfolded proteins but the principles governing this remain unknown. Here, researchers from Osaka University describe a general concept that links protein folding and misfolding: protein folding and amyloid formation are separated by the supersaturation barrier of a denatured protein. Breakdown of this supersaturation barrier is required to shift the protein to the amyloid pathway, linking Anfinsen's intramolecular folding universe with the ''outer'' intermolecular misfolding universe. (2021-02-01)

Roadblocks to success for PhD grads could mean missed opportunities for Canada
Canada could be sitting on a significant untapped resource, as the number of PhD holders in this country rises, but persistent barriers make it hard for them to put their skills to work. According to a new expert panel report from the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA), PhD graduates play a critical role in the Canadian economy, but many are missing out on important opportunities to contribute their expertise and bolster growth and innovation. (2021-01-26)

Graphene Flagship study predicts increased market penetration by 2025
Graphene Flagship experts identify key opportunities in graphene commercialisation after a comprehensive three-year analysis of production methods and potential applications. (2021-01-25)

The regulatory network of sugar and organic acid in watermelon fruit is revealed
The innovation project watermelon and melon cultivation and physiology team of Zhengzhou Fruit Research Institute has made new progress in the metabolism regulation of sugar and organic acid in watermelon fruit. (2021-01-14)

For the right employees, even standard information technology can spur creativity
In a money-saving revelation for organizations inclined to invest in specialized information technology to support the process of idea generation, new research suggests that even non-specialized, everyday organizational IT can encourage employees' creativity. (2021-01-07)

Businesses stand to benefit from sustainable restructuring
Is it profitable for a company to switch to sustainable production? Researchers conclude that it probably often is. (2021-01-06)

Cooperation with R&D organizations is significantly distinctive for advanced innovators
The innovation performance of firms depends on their ability to innovate in cooperation with external partners. In a study, HSE researchers found that most of innovation in Russian manufacturing happens in a sort of open processes, but extensive cooperation networks are barely detectable. The study was published in the December issue of Foresight and STI Governance. (2020-12-23)

Not so fast!: controlling the speed of light bullets
Researchers from Osaka University accurately and arbitrarily control flying velocities of light bullets, offering new opportunities for optical and physical applications. (2020-12-14)

Higher frequency of financial reporting hinders corporate innovation
Research shows that more regular financial reporting increases managerial myopia and stifles innovation. (2020-12-03)

New research shows Vype ePen 3 highly preferred by vapers
New research published today shows that Vype ePen 3, BAT's flagship vapour product, can provide smokers with similar levels of nicotine as standard cigarettes and, with exclusive use, could be used to avoid many of the risks associated with smoking. (2020-11-24)

A filter for environmental remediation
Scientists at Osaka University discovered a new method for producing sodium titanate mats nanostructured in a seaweed-like morphology for filtering heavy metal ions and radioactive materials from water. This work may lead to advances in treating contaminated wastewater. (2020-11-19)

$1 million to support manufacturing of COVID-19 treatments, vaccines at uOttawa, Ottawa Hospital
Researchers from the University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital have been awarded $1,050,000 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to support facilities for manufacturing innovative treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. (2020-11-09)

Urban air pollution may make COVID-19 more severe for some
As the pandemic persists, COVID-19 has claimed more than 200,000 lives in the United States and damaged the public health system and economy. In a study published on September 21 in the journal The Innovation, researchers at Emory University found that long-term exposure to urban air pollution may have made COVID-19 more deadly. (2020-10-07)

Could megatesla magnetic fields be realized on Earth?
A team of researchers led by Osaka University discovered a novel mechanism called a ''microtube implosion,'' demonstrating the generation of megatesla-order magnetic fields, which is three orders of magnitude higher than those ever experimentally achieved. The underlying physics was revealed by particle simulations using a supercomputer. Their promising findings will open new frontiers in many branches of fundamental physics and applications involving ultrahigh magnetic fields. (2020-10-06)

AACN Distinguished Research Lecturer explores her role as nurse scientist
In her role as the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) 2020 Distinguished Research Lecturer, Karen Giuliano, a University of Massachusetts Amherst associate professor, has examined her ''unconventional journey'' from caring for patients at the bedside to challenging precedent in critical care to medical device design and innovation. (2020-08-17)

Winning the digital transformation race: three emerging approaches for leading transition
New research from Professor Feng Li, Chair of Information Management at City's Business School has outlined three new approaches that digital innovators can take to reduce the risk of failure and seize competitive advantage in the industry. (2020-07-28)

Phantom-limb pain reduced through brain power
Osaka University researchers have used a brain-computer-interface to reduce phantom-limb pain after only three days of training. In a random crossover trial, patients with phantom-limb pain used brain power related to their intact hand to open and close a virtual hand. Reduction in phantom-limb pain after three days of training remained significant five days after training was complete. (2020-07-16)

Bristol innovation challenges regular touchscreens with new spray-on technique
A team at Bristol has challenged the idea that touchscreens are limited to 2D and rectangular shapes by developing an interactive display that can be sprayed in any shape. Inspired by the way an artist creates graffiti on a wall and using a novel combination of sprayable electronics and 3D printing, the technique, called ProtoSpray, allows the creation of displays on surfaces that go beyond the usual rectangular and 2D shapes. (2020-06-24)

Researchers develop new drugs for treating polycystic hepatorena
These new drugs are capable of blocking the growth of hepatic and renal cysts in experimental models of polycystic hepatorenal disease. After receiveing the FIPSE national award for Innovation, the drugs were patented and licensed to a pharmaceutical company in the Basque Country for the purpose of furthering their clinical study. (2020-05-11)

Study by international team of scientists investigates evolution during Cambrian Explosion
A new study by an international team of scientists has revealed the developmental and evolutionary mechanisms underlying the origin of a major phylum. The study investigates the questions of whether this pattern resulted from abundant ecological opportunity early in the history of life, which became dampened with competition through time, or from evolutionary shifts in growth and development that limit evolutionary innovation through time. (2020-03-19)

Research brief: Energy researchers invent error-free catalysts
A team of researchers have invented oscillating catalyst technology that can accelerate chemical reactions without side reactions or chemical errors. The groundbreaking technology can be incorporated into hundreds of industrial chemical technologies to reduce waste by thousands of tons each year while improving the performance and cost-efficiency of materials production. (2020-03-04)

How gliding animals fine-tuned the rules of evolution
Since its inception in 1867, The American Naturalist has maintained its position as one of the world's premier peer-reviewed publications in ecology, evolution, and behavior research. Its goals are to publish articles that are of broad interest to the readership, pose new and significant problems, introduce novel subjects, develop conceptual unification, and change the way people think. AmNat emphasizes sophisticated methodologies and innovative theoretical syntheses--all in an effort to advance the knowledge of organic evolution and other broad biological principles. (2020-02-17)

Synthetic biology: Risk reduction, uncertainty and ethics
Joyce Tait, Founder and co-Director of the Innogen Institute -- a partnership with the University of Edinburgh and The Open University in the United Kingdom to speak during the AAAS 2020 session on 'Synthetic Biology: Digital Design of Living Systems.' She will explore the re-engineering of biological components through computational modelling and bio-systems design technologies and how they will require new frameworks for adaptive and responsible regulation. (2020-02-07)

Innovation is widespread in rural areas, not just cities
Conventional measures of innovation suggest that only big cities foster new ideas, but a more comprehensive measure developed at Penn State shows that innovation is widespread even in rural places not typically thought of as innovative. (2020-01-02)

Anthrax may be the next tool in the fight against bladder cancer
Researchers at Purdue University have come up with a way to combine the anthrax toxin with a growth factor to kill bladder cancer cells and tumors. (2019-11-12)

Graphene turns 15 on track to deliver on its promises
In a special Nature Nanotechnology issue celebrating 15 years since the Nobel Prize-winning 'ground-breaking experiments on graphene,' the Graphene Flagship analyses the current graphene landscape and market forecast for graphene over the following decade. (2019-10-04)

Study: Bigger cities boost 'social crimes'
The same underlying mechanism that boosts urban innovation and startup businesses can also explain why certain types of crimes, like car theft and robbery, thrive in a larger population. (2019-09-17)

Start-ups must be aware of star employee pitfalls
The presence of both a star inventor and founder within a company has a positive effect on the firm's performance, but when you have both of them together on a team, the outcomes can become diminished. (2019-08-28)

Scientists propose network of imaging centers to drive innovation in biological research
Last fall, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) convened a National Science Foundation workshop to identify the bottlenecks that stymie innovation in microscopy and imaging, and recommend approaches for transforming how imaging technologies are developed and deployed. The conclusions of the 79 workshop participants are summarized in a Commentary in the August issue of Nature Methods. (2019-08-21)

How NASA is becoming more business friendly
A new case study demonstrates the steps being taken by the US National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) to make it easier for small businesses and entrepreneurs to understand its needs and do business with it. (2019-08-19)

This designer clothing lets users turn on electronics while turning away bacteria
Purdue University researchers have developed a new fabric innovation that allows the wearer to control electronic devices through the clothing. (2019-08-08)

New safer, inexpensive way to propel small satellites
A team at Purdue University has developed a new safer and inexpensive way to propel small satellites. (2019-07-16)

Lessons from Columbine: New technology provides insight during active shooter situations
A Purdue University researcher and students created a computer model, based on the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School, which looks at what happens to victims caught in shooter situations to provide better training for schools and other organizations. (2019-06-26)

Government-funded research increasingly fuels innovation
A quantitative analysis going back over a period of more than 90 years shows that almost a third of patents in the U.S. rely on federal research funding. (2019-06-24)

Millions with neurological diseases could find new option in neurostimulation devices
Purdue University researchers are using graphene to help people with neurological diseases who use implantable devices. (2019-06-20)

Energy researchers break the catalytic speed limit
A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and University of Massachusetts Amherst has discovered new technology that can speed up chemical reactions 10,000 times faster than the current reaction rate limit. These findings could increase the speed and lower the cost of thousands of chemical processes used in developing fertilizers, foods, fuels, plastics, and more. (2019-05-28)

New study dismisses green growth policies as a route out of ecological emergency
The new study examines green growth policies as articulated in major reports by the World Bank, the OECD and the UN Environment Programme, and tests the theory against extant empirical evidence and models of the relationship between GDP and both material footprint and CO2 emissions. (2019-05-27)

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