Posts Tagged ‘R&D’

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    GDP: Does Lady Gaga Count?

    May 29, 13 • 470 Views • No Comments

    The United States just got a little richer but not because of the economic recovery. We are just changing what is included in the GDP. First a little history. I have always been fascinated by the story of Simon Kuznets. A Russian immigrant who received the...  [read more]

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    An Apple’s Patent

    Nov 22, 11 • 240 Views • No Comments

    This apple has bites rather than bytes but like its namesake it was patented and took years to develop. When its U.S. patent expired in 2008, it had generated close to $6 million for the University of Minnesota and is still producing royalties in...  [read more]

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    Sounds Like Bell Labs

    Nov 15, 11 • 248 Views • No Comments

    Google has a “secret” lab. Called Google X by the NY Times, it sounds like the old Bell Labs. Before 1984, when AT&T was a monopoly, their research subsidiary Bell Labs employed a battalion of scientists. For some, the assignment was just to...  [read more]

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    Who Should Do Drug Research?

    Jan 26, 11 • 201 Views • No Comments

    Yes or No? Government should pay for high school education? A court system? Roads? Lighthouses? Drug research? In his blog, Mike Mandel disagrees with spending plans for the National Institutes of Health. As described by the NY Times, a National Center for...  [read more]

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    Banana Worries

    Jan 9, 11 • 219 Views • No Comments

    The banana could be in trouble. According to a New Yorker article and video, a devastating banana fungus has struck banana plantations in Asia, Australia and the Pacific. We should note, though, that we are referring only to the Cavendish banana. Did you know...  [read more]