Why 2025 matters

It’s human nature to want to know what’s coming next. Which is why we used our proprietary technology to analyze current research and innovation activity happening across various industries. Explore the following transformational ideas that may become realities in the next decade.

Tech to table

The world’s population will grow by some 2.5 billion people by 2050, according to the United Nations, and 80 percent of the land that is suitable for growing food is already in use. At the same time, our strategies to squeeze the maximum productivity from the earth to feed ourselves is diminishing the health of land, depleting soil, and degrading ecosystems. So how will we feed ourselves sustainably in the future?

Read more about the implications of genotyping our food.

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I know the feeling


I’ve currently been on an extended trip through Europe, but last week, one of the biggest news stories was the landing of the Philae probe on a comet. It marks the first time that we have been able to achieve such a feat. The entire mission has been one series of innovations after another, and personally, I’m so happy for the engineers in the European Space Agency (ESA) command center who have seen their dream become a reality.

Although the Philae probe has now gone into a hibernation status due the inability of the probe to recharge its batteries, it has accomplished a number of key objectives including sending pictures back from the comet and sending science data from all of its on-board instruments including the COSAC – the Cometary Sampling and Composition experiment – which drilled into the comet in search of molecular building blocks that may have kickstarted life on planets like Earth.

I was reading the Sunday Times, and it had a great article written by Bryan Appleyard titled “One Giant Step.”  I genuinely appreciated his comments about this project for a number of reasons. Have a read of this quote: (more…)

Landings on other worlds – Graphic of the day

A European probe that landed on a comet, in a first for space exploration, is resting on the surface despite technical problems. Today’s graphic shows the successful landings and impacts by spacecrafts on extraterrestrial bodies.


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A world which works for everyone

A woman walks under a canopy of pink umbrellas on a street in downtown Sofia October 23, 2012. The art installation, that includes up to four hundred umbrellas, is part of a campaign aiming at awareness, prevention and treatment of breast cancer.   REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

I was at the opening session of the Net Impact event in Minneapolis last night.  Net Impact is a forum for students and professionals who want to tackle the world’s toughest social and environmental problems.  The opening speaker was a fellow named Dan Pallotta.

Dan is the founder and President of the Charity Defense Council. He created the multi-day charitable event industry (AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days), and his company, Pallotta TeamWorks, raised $582 million in nine years – more money raised more quickly for these causes than any events in history. The company was the subject of a Harvard Business School case study on social enterprise.

A man sleeps on the stairs of Grand Central Station as commuters pass by on Christmas Eve in New York, December 24, 2013.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Here are a few points from his talk:

  • Poverty remains stuck at 12 percent of the US population for the last 40 years
  • Homelessness is not close to ending in any major city
  • Breast cancer remains a pervasive killer

These problems are massive in scale, and our belief system about how charities should work handicaps our ability to solve them.  One part of the solution could involve allowing charities to compete fairly for talent, and unlocking investors to help fund philanthropy, at a rate of return.

Check out this inspiring and provocative talk:

Abbreviated TED version, and the Charity Defense Counsel’s approach and campaign.

Keriell Williams, 5, who is homeless, takes a break in the gym at the Union Rescue Mission shelter in Los Angeles, February 9, 2012. A recent report by the National Alliance to End Homelessness found that California's population of homeless families increased by five percent between 2009 and 2011. It is estimated that there are over 300,000 homeless children in California.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Top 100 Global Innovators – Graphic of the day

Our Top 100 Global Innovators program recognizes the world’s leading companies, industries and regions shaping a brighter tomorrow by developing breakthroughs today. The innovators are identified annually through an in-depth analysis based on a series of trusted patent-related metrics that get to the essence of what it means to be truly innovative.

Today’s graphic is a look at some of the best and brightest among the 2014 Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators and the world’s hotbeds of innovation. All rankings—listed in alphabetical order—are based on an overall score including patent volume, success, globalization and impact metrics. The number of inventions alone does not determine the final rankings.

Top 100 Global Innovators for 2014

Honorees generated the equivalent of US $3.69 trillion in revenue last year

Our Intellectual Property (IP) & Science business has released its 2014 Top 100 Global Innovators list to recognize the most innovative organizations worldwide.

For the fourth consecutive year, we used a proprietary patent-related methodology to identify those companies that are best at turning creative ideas into commercialized inventions. The ranking is based on an overall score that considers patent volume, success, globalization and impact metrics. Organizations making the list are then analyzed to determine their financial performance.

Innovation surges and strongholds

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The Top 100 honorees have outperformed the S&P 500 for the fourth consecutive year, generating the equivalent of U.S. $3.69 trillion in revenue and achieving year-over-year market cap weighted revenue growth of 12.6 percent, roughly double the 6.85 percent annual revenue growth generated by S&P 500 companies. These leading innovators also spent U.S. $208 billion on research and development in 2013, outpacing their S&P 500 constituents at a rate of 4:1.

Based on analysis done by the Thomson Reuters StarMine team, the Top 100 Global Innovators generate more cash flow, have higher returns, and offer a relatively attractive dividend yield despite being modestly undervalued. They rank in the 64th percentile on a Price/Cash Flow basis and have an average dividend yield of 2.2 percent, which is higher than that of the S&P 500, at 1.9 percent, and the technology sector at 1.4 percent. In terms of financial fundamentals, the Top 100 have the highest score (70) in the Cash Flow Component of the StarMine Earnings Quality model, which is the degree to which earnings are derived from sustainable sources (such as earnings backed by underlying cash flows).


2014 Journal Citation Reports – Graphic of the day

Journal Citation Reports offers a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate the world’s leading journals, with quantifiable, statistical information based on citation data. By compiling articles’ cited references, JCR helps to measure research influence and impact at the journal and category levels, and shows the relationship between citing and cited journals. You can use JCR to understand a journal’s true place in the scholarly research world.


‘Government crackdown on fraud puts health care professionals at risk,’ by Mark J. Silberman, Esq.



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Financing the war against the global diabetes epidemic – Graphic of the day

More than 382 million people globally are living with diabetes, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). During 2013, the disease killed 5.1 million people—half of them under the age of 60. The worldwide incidence of diabetes continues to rise, with associated health-care costs estimated at US$ 471 billion in 2012 alone.

To look more closely at selected aspects of diabetes research, ScienceWatch turned to the Web of Science for measures of research output as well as for exclusive Thomson Reuters data on funding. These figures are reflected in the accompanying table and today’s graphic.


How contagious is Ebola? – Graphic of the day

The Ebola virus has killed more than 3,400 people since it began and has now begun spreading faster, infecting almost 7,500 people so far. Today’s graphic looks at how the Ebola virus compares with other contagious viruses. The reproduction rate or R0, calculates the number of people likely to be infected by one person who has a disease.


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