Innovation

New Report on Wind Energy Shows Cost Reductions, Innovation

Overall, wind turbine innovation increasingly makes wind energy development across the country a winning proposition. Wind turbine costs and the price for wind energy continues to drop. That’s good news for the south, where wind energy is beginning to make inroads in Alabama, ArkansasGeorgia, Louisiana and Tennessee.

US military targets revolutionary new tank designs

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a program called Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) which aims to revolutionize mechanized warfare. Since tanks made their combat debut during the First World War, more protection has typically meant adding more armor.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Awards $4.03 Million to Accelerate Innovative Transportation Projects

Funds to help projects in Alabama, Iowa, Oklahoma, Vermont and Washington. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced more than $4 million in grants from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) designed to accelerate innovation in highway project delivery.

Innovation, technology can keep electricity humming

The reality is the use of coal to produce electricity has nearly doubled in America since 1970 as our economy (GDP) as more than doubled. During that same period, key emissions per kilowatt hour have decreased by 90 percent.

Unlocking America's Innovation Warehouse

Over the past two decades, inventors have collectively spent $100 billion on patent filing and application fees and even more than that to maintain them over time. Yet, 95 percent of today’s 2.3 million active patents fail to earn even one dollar of licensing revenue, meaning they are not finding their way into the economy.

Disruptive innovation in education

Today, this disruptive process of change is occurring in the field of education. A growing number of small innovations are taking hold in schools and displacing our old ideas about education. The methods for how teachers teach and how students learn are changing.

U.S. Commerce Department Invests $2.8 Million to Foster Innovation in Louisiana and Massachusetts

"The EDA investments announced today will support critical infrastructure and manufacturing projects that use innovation to help attract investment and create jobs in Louisiana and Massachusetts."

Senator Murray and NIH Director Collins Discuss Importance of Investing in Health Research and Innovation in Seattle

Yesterday, Senator Murray visited the University of Washington's South Lake Campus with Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health to discuss the importance of continued investment in biomedical research and innovation to continue global leadership in the field, improve public health, and ensure that the U.S. workforce in the field grows.

No More Solitude: How To Make DoD the Next Google

Despite repeated attempts at driving collaboration inside the Pentagon, across government, and with our allies, DoD remains resistant to fostering the collaborative environment needed to access innovation trends shaping the technology landscape. It is within this context that the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering has released new guidance aimed at driving DoD technology collaboration with allied partners, entitled International S&T Engagement Strategy.

Innovation and Industries: 3-D Printing

3-D printer manufacturing sales (which include the printers, consumable materials, and maintenance) rose from $1.2 billion in 2008 to an estimated $2 billion in 2013. Throw in service and software, and many experts expect the industry to keep growing as rapidly as the printers can churn out custom-made widgets.

Destructive Innovation Is Outpacing Creative Innovation

One recent study by academics at Oxford University suggests that 47 percent of jobs in the U.S. could be automated over the next two decades. We don’t have much time. As history suggests, destructive innovation is moving at a greater velocity than creative innovation in dealing with its human consequences.

Nationwide Network of Drone User Groups Plans for a Future of Innovation

The network of drone users is organized online and has meet-ups in various cities. They attend university events and try to spark conversations about commercial and hobbyist drone use, Reuter said. They also work to prove UAVs’ usefulness with certain challenge activities.

“Recoupling” Manufacturing and Innovation

“The decoupling of innovation from manufacturing,” as described by Harvard Professor Venky Narayanamurti, where “Americans brought great ideas to light, but then left the execution – manufacturing, and jobs -- to others” has left the United States in a job crunch throughout the supply chain. In recent years, however, U.S. companies are increasingly moving their manufacturing stateside.

Why the Innovation Conversation Needs to be Broadened Beyond Technology’s Influence

To change the way we think about and discuss innovation, this concept needs to have a broader context when it is mentioned, something more than just technology innovation. Technology is important, to be sure (think Skype), but so are other types of innovation, such as services (PayPal), business models (Hulu), manufacturing processes (Dell Computers), content (Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee), and even corporate cultures (Zappos).

Outsourced R&D: The threat to American innovation

Companies that choose to outsource R&D do so for a variety of reasons. Some look beyond their home country because they need to speed up the development of a product and can't find enough of the skills domestically. Other companies, such as Deere & Co. and Eastman Chemical, do it to gather local knowledge in a market where they have, or are building, a significant presence. Still others do it primarily for the cost savings.

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