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Impact of Basic Research on Innovation

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Impact of Basic Research on Innovation

 The development of MP3 technologies illustrates the unexpected benefits of basic research. In 1965, a hand-sized storage and playback device that would hold 15,000 recorded songs was the stuff of science fiction. Even simple hand-held calculators were rare and expensive at that time. Research funded by the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology contributed to the breakthrough technologies of magnetic storage drives, lithium-ion batteries, and the...

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Science Depends on the Diffusion of Knowledge

As Isaac Newton said, "If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Newton was not alone on those shoulders. Everyone in science, from his day to ours, draws on the work of others.

Science is all about the flow of knowledge: New methods, instruments, techniques, concepts, results, questions, data, etc.  The flows are endless, complex and in all directions.  It is rightly called a diffusion process.  This concept is...

Related Topics: deep web, diffusion of knowledge, isaac newton, nsf

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