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.
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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“It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.” – Voltaire (1694-1778)
As far back as one can look in history, humans have tried to predict everything from the weather and rise and fall of tides to, in more recent times, stock performance and who will reign as champion in a sporting event. From Nostradamus to Toffler to Kurzweil, academics, astronomers, economists, futurists, mathematicians, scientists, sociologists, sports enthusiasts and others have contributed to the science – and art – of predicting what is to come.
It was only fitting then, that our IP & Science business, with innovation at its core, should also partake in leveraging its assets to forecast the future. With its rich scientific and intellectual property repositories, and deep industry expertise, this business is dedicated to helping customers research, innovate and commercialize tomorrow’s inventions.
The group compiled a paper outlining 10 innovation predictions for the world in 2025, based on research done by Thomson Reuters analysts using the company’s patent and scientific literature solutions.
In some cases, the analysts found a growing body of work that gave additional credence to the prediction. In others, the topic was still emerging. In all instances, they followed a trail of current research and innovation activity to connect the dots and make these innovation predictions. (more…)
Today’s graphic shows the total number of Nobel Prize laureates awarded from 1901 to 2013 by country of origin. See at a glance how the work of this year’s Citation Laureates has already transformed our everyday lives, or is expected to in the near future.
Leading producers such as GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi need six months to produce flu vaccines once scientists identify the dominant virus expected to circulate during flu season. Vaccine production from tobacco plants by Quebec City-based Medicago could do it in weeks. Today’s graphic shows how the company manufactures a flu vaccine using tobacco plants.
Our Intellectual Property & Science business recently announced its 2014 “Nobel-class” Citation Laureates. Having accurately forecast 35 Nobel Prize winners since its inception in 2002, the annual Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates study mines scientific research citations to identify the most influential researchers in the fields of chemistry, physics, medicine and economics. Today’s graphic shows our top picks for 2014 and the technologies they’ve influenced.
The 2014 Citation Laureates are our picks for the top Nobel Prize contenders in the fields of chemistry, physics, medicine and economics. The list includes 26 researchers who represent 25 academic and research organizations, and eight countries.
Every year, we share predictions just ahead of the announcements of the Nobel Prize winners. On Oct. 6, the Nobel Committees will begin announcing the winners to honor the world’s most influential researchers for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, economics, and for peace.
Long tradition of identifying excellence in research
Thomson Reuters has accurately forecast 35 Nobel Prize winners since first publishing the study in 2002.
India’s low-cost mission to Mars successfully entered the red planet’s orbit today. Achieved on a budget of $74 million, the Mars Orbiter Mission clocked in at nearly a tenth of the amount NASA spent on sending the Maven spacecraft to Mars. India joined the United States, Russia and Europe in successfully sending probes to orbit or land on Mars. Today’s graphic lists all of the world’s missions to Mars.
It’s human nature to want to know what’s coming. It seems fitting, then, that our IP & Science business, with innovation at its core, should also partake in leveraging its assets to forecast the future. The following is one prediction from our new report that features 10 innovation predictions for the world in 2025. Make sure to check out the entire series of posts and download the full report here.
Kinematical techniques used to understand the Higgs Boson particles generated in the Large Hadron Collider advance such that quantum teleportation is more commonplace.
Since the 2013 success at the CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), research related to the Higgs Boson particle has increased. In fact, papers on this topic have been the most prevalent in fundamental physics in 2014.
Measurement techniques developed to understand the particles generated in the LHC were ground breaking through the use of new kinematical techniques. Kinematics is a form of classic mechanics that studies the motion of points, objects and groups of objects regardless of the impetus for motion.
We are on the precipice of this field’s explosion; it is truly an emerging research front. Early indicators point to a rapid acceleration of research leading to the testing of quantum teleportation in 2025.
Although in 2025 we as humans won’t yet be able to teleport through space, a significant investment in and testing of quantum teleportation will be underway using other forms of matter.
Download the full report: The World in 2025: 10 Predictions of Innovation