Posts Tagged: innovation


Disaster Tech: Volcanic eruptions spur innovations in materials, aircraft engine diagnostics

We return to the question we’ve asked throughout our Disaster Tech series: What are the inventive systems being created in order to mitigate the threat to …
By Steve Brachmann 12 hours ago 0

A look at treatments for hepatitis C, America’s top infectious disease killer

The FDA has been pretty active this year in approving new tests and treatments designed to help identify and eliminate the hepatitis C virus in patients. Swiss …
By Steve Brachmann 11 days ago 0

Mount St. Helens sees increased seismic activity as anniversary of eruption nears

This year, May 18th will mark the 36th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens, an active stratovolcano situated in Washington State’s Skamania County and …
By Steve Brachmann 13 days ago 2

Constantly changing patent laws are taking a toll on American innovation

Inventors and investors demand a system that affords predictable and durable intellectual property rights in a timely manner. If the system that we implement for granting patent …

Superhero Tech: Captain America’s shield presages bullet-stopping armors

In the world of superheroes, Captain America reigns as one of the most popular figures thanks in no small part to the original 1940’s comic book series …
By Steve Brachmann 26 days ago 0

New method uses patent data to estimate a technology’s future rate of improvement

The team devised an equation incorporating a patent set’s average forward citation and average publication date, and calculated the rate of improvement for each technology domain. …
By Jennifer Chu 28 days ago 3

Looking at text blockers and textalyzers during Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and many organizations are gearing up their pitch for greater safety on the roads by avoiding the need to text or …
By Steve Brachmann 1 month ago 0

Microsoft’s new holoportation system brings virtual reality to new social, enterprise platforms

Fans of the Star Wars movie franchise might remember Princess Leia’s desperate plea for help to Obi-Wan Kenobi via hologram in Episode IV. Microsoft’s holoportation …
By Steve Brachmann 2 months ago 0

Blue Ribbon Panel of Advisors Announced for Biden Cancer Moonshot Initiative

Earlier this week the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which is part of the National Institutes of Health, announced a Blue Ribbon Panel of scientific experts, cancer leaders, …
By Gene Quinn 2 months ago 5

America’s aging electrical grid could benefit from smart grid tech

With an average price of 12 cents per kilowatt hour (Kwh) as of January 2016, the American electrical grid system still does a good job of getting electrical energy …
By Steve Brachmann 2 months ago 1

USPTO Director Michelle Lee delivers pro-patent speech at MIT

This speech by Director Lee is exceptionally important for two reasons. First, the strong and explicit recognition that abuse can and does happen on both sides of …
By Gene Quinn 2 months ago 36

American innovation has been fueled by immigrant inventors

Without immigrants and the influx of knowledge brought by them to our country’s shores, American innovation and the overall economy would look nothing like it does …
By Steve Brachmann 3 months ago 2

California Dreaming: Mitt Romney and the Inter Partes Rebuke of Trump

Just when you thought the race for the White House couldn’t get any more unpredictable and bizarre, the 2012 Republican Nominee rebuked the current Republican frontrunner, Donald …
By Peter Harter & Gene Quinn 3 months ago 16

The Evolution of Food Safety: HOF Inventors John Silliker and Welton Taylor tamed Salmonella

The 2016 inductee class for the National Inventors Hall of Fame includes two microbiologists whose contributions to the field of food safety have helped to keep many foodborne …
By Steve Brachmann 3 months ago 0

Advances in exoskeleton tech provide the gift of walking to paraplegic patients

Powered exoskeletons, which can improve a person’s gait, are starting to gain traction as a new area of bionic development, which could potentially improve the lives …
By Steve Brachmann 3 months ago 0