innovation

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Thomas Edison protected his bright ideas — all 1,093 of them

Patents protect the ideas and work of inventors and are part of a broad category of legal protection known as intellectual property rights.
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Soon you might print a solution to a disaster

When a large-scale disaster happens, recovery could involve pressing “print” for food, replacement skin, maps and building material.
Manu Prakash holding string with paper circle suspended on it (Kurt Hickman/Stanford News Service)

How a toy became a medical miracle

Inspired by a whirligig, a Stanford researcher developed a 20-cent paper centrifuge that could revolutionize health care diagnosis around the world.
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These fish hold clues to human eyesight … and other...

April 7 is World Health Day. Find out how spinach leaves and zebrafish may soon help people around the world live longer, healthier lives.
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Trump initiative to bring business ideas to government

The newly created White House Office of American Innovation will seek to overhaul government functions by using ideas from the business sector.
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April 4: GIST TechConnect – Building and supporting your startup community...

On April 4, join a webchat with experts on best practices for building a community that supports entrepreneurs, ventures and the startup community.
Long white pitched roof and adjacent red roofs (PEER Africa)

This simple product keeps buildings cool

The rural town !Kheis in South Africa is cooler than ever before with a simple, energy-efficient technology to keep buildings cool.
Mr. Trash Wheel in water (Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore)

Meet Mr. Trash Wheel, hero of Baltimore harbor

A water wheel in Baltimore, named "Mr. Trash Wheel" by residents, is churning up ideas for cleaning coastal cities around the world.
Girl holding two cups of water, one clean, one dirty (P&G)

Science and business are opening the spigot to clean water [video]

This World Water Day, nearly 750 million people lack access to clean drinking water. Scientists and businesses are doing something about it.