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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)

Creating a global map of the protein shape universe
Purdue University researchers have come up with a novel way to classify proteins and their shapes, which lays the foundation of how we understand protein structures and functions. (2019-05-08)

Rural innovation policies need to exploit differences within communities
Policies aimed at encouraging rural innovation should take into account the differences between entrepreneurs and how they view where they live, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and De Montfort University have found that meanings attached to where someone lives are shaped by previous experiences, and this in turn influences their innovation strategies and entrepreneurial activity. (2019-05-08)

Up in arms: Insect-inspired arm technology aims to improve drones
Insect-inspired arm technology from Purdue University aims to improve drones to handle larger payloads. (2019-04-16)

What oil leaves behind in 2.5 billion gallons of water every day in US
Purdue University researchers have developed a process to remove nearly all traces of oil in produced water. (2019-03-20)

How a positive work environment leads to feelings of inclusion among employees
Fostering an inclusive work environment can lead to higher satisfaction, innovation, trust and retention among employees, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2019-03-18)

Movie technology inspires wearable liquid unit that aims to harvest energy
The Purdue team created wearable technology to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy. The Purdue team invented a liquid-metal-inclusion based triboelectric nanogenerator, called LMI-TENG. (2019-03-12)

Flipping the view: New microscope offers options for drug discovery, safety
A microscope developed at Purdue University could be used for drug testing and biological imaging. Researchers created a new type of microscope by adding just two small optics to the base design of a conventional microscope. (2019-02-27)

Companies with more financial analysts produce more and better-quality patents
Long-term growth in profits depends significantly on firms' investment in innovation activities. However, firms may not invest in innovation in an optimal way. Some distortions arise because the decisions as to whether and how to invest in innovation are not only affected by their long-term expected benefits but also by other considerations. (2019-02-14)

How to pay top executives if you want them to be innovative
When pay dispersion is perceived as linked to an executive's individual performance (as in variable pay), it's considered legitimate and may promote knowledge-sharing and cooperation among top executives. On the contrary, when pay dispersion is not perceived to depend on individual contribution (as in fixed pay), it ignites a demotivating process of social comparison, detrimental to knowledge sharing and cooperation, according to a study by Bocconi University's Mario Daniele Amore. (2019-02-12)

New technology helps address big problems for small satellites
The small size and relatively low cost of CubeSats have made them a popular choices for commercial launches in recent years, but the process to propel such satellites in space comes with a number of problems. Purdue University researchers have developed a technology to address one key problem - the uncertainty of ignition system that initiates the propulsion system of the CubeSats. Current ignition systems are unreliable and can be subject to significant and irreversible damage. (2019-02-06)

Why you should be concerned about Oprah Winfrey when introducing an innovation
New research by Bocconi University's Paola Cillo and Gaia Rubera with Texas A&M's David Griffith asserts that the reaction of large individual investors to innovation is an important component of stock returns, their reaction to innovation depends on their national culture, and there is a way to segment large individual investors and pitch innovation to them accordingly. (2019-01-22)

Tinkering with public debt we doom innovation and growth
New research by Bocconi University's Mariano Max Croce and colleagues finds that public debt is bad for growth also because it hinders innovative firms' investment. «By affecting their cost of capital, movements in government debt impact firms' investment and, critically, innovation decisions», Prof. Croce says. The net result is a GDP growth drop in 4/5 years, when the lack of innovation starts to affect the national economy. (2019-01-18)

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