Nobel Prize Forecast 2015


It’s Nobel Prize season, and that means it’s time for the annual Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates study, which has accurately forecast 37 Nobel Prize winners since 2002. Each year, our analysts mine scientific research citations within the Web of Science™ – the premier global search and discovery platform for the sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities – to identify the most influential researchers in chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine, and economics who are likely winners of the Nobel Prize now or in the future. 

The below infographic provides deeper insight into the everyday applications of some of their discoveries and contributions, from genome editing to quantum computing. (more…)

Introducing Innovation Magazine


We’re pleased to announce the latest addition to our Know 360 stable of thought-leadership publications – Thomson Reuters Innovation – a new twice-yearly magazine for science professionals.

Innovation is at the heart of the global economy. It is rooted in our desire to know more about the world, discover its infinite possibilities and find better ways of doing things. The inaugural issue of Thomson Reuters Innovation magazine provides unique insights to compare industries and companies based on patent, scientific and financial information.

This issue takes inspiration from the concept of multiple viewpoints – a new and completely fresh perspective, it crowd-sources through experiences and points of view from across the global science community.

Explore: (more…)

A place like home? – Graphic of the day

A planet believed to be remarkably similar to Earth has been discovered orbiting a distant sun-like star, bolstering hopes of finding life elsewhere in the universe. Today’s graphic compares the newly discovered planet (Kepler-452b) to Earth.


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The Solar System’s planets – Graphic of the day

The first fly-by of Pluto was carried out by NASA’s New Horizons. The mission is helping scientists answer questions previously unknown, such as the diameter of the dwarf planet, which is larger than previously thought. Today’s graphic diagrams the diameter, distance from sun, and chronology of firsts of the “eight planets and Pluto”.


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Pluto up close – Graphic of the day

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft sailed past Pluto in the distant reaches of the solar system, capping a journey of 3 billion miles that began nine and a half years ago. Today’s graphic diagrams New Horizons’ instruments and the mission to capture high-resolution images of Pluto.


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Precision Medicine: The role of IP and Science in making a difference


This post is by Helen Walker, Senior Communications Specialist, Thomson Reuters

Over 25 years ago, my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. Seven months ago she was told she had ovarian cancer. Due to a combination of radical surgery, great healthcare and the fact that she is the most stubborn person I know, mum has made a full recovery from both and is currently sunning herself in Greece.

Mine is not a unique story – most of us know someone affected by cancer or other potentially life changing illnesses. I imagine then, that you might be as fascinated as I was by this piece: When the genes fit: A cancer cure.

While my mum had to go through a mastectomy and removal of her ovaries, the future is different. Better understanding of genes and how they influence disease means that precision medicine – treatment tailored to an individual – can be used to identify the right drugs to treat the disease. And the future is already here; this is already happening in major academic medical centers.

I am one of mum’s three daughters. We have the option through genetic screening to find out if we carry the faulty gene. It’s reassuring to know though, that should one of us end up on the same path as mum, the advances in medicine mean that any diagnosis may not be as catastrophic for us as they were for her.

That explains my personal interest in this article but my other interest is what our role, the role of IP & Science, is in this amazing step in medicine. I asked Wendy Hamilton, Global Head of Life Sciences to help me understand.

What role does Life Sciences have in precision medicine? (more…)

Learning from Data: Building Brains… and using them

A staff talks to a humanoid robot named Han developed by Hanson Robotics via a mobile phone during the Global Sources spring electronics show in Hong Kong

The fourth Data Science Insights talk, chaired by Axel Threlfall, Reuters Editor at Large, took place at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, London, and featured Steve Furber CBE. 

We like our machines to feel human, even if they don’t look it. The pulsing on and off of the power light on an Apple computer when it is ‘sleeping’ is re-assuring. Even the red light of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey gave an assurance that the machine was alive, rather than a faceless menace. One of the pioneers of computing, Alan Turing, was amongst the first to address the challenge of artificial intelligence and gives his name to the Turing Test for a “machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human.”

Learning from our mistakes makes us human. Learning is a fundamentally important part of how we make decisions, how we build things and how we create value. But learning is not limited to humans, or indeed just to animals. Since the middle of the twentieth century, machine learning has advanced to levels that would once have been thought science fiction, and is transforming whole industries. The latest advances include self-driving cars, a computer that can beat humans at Jeopardy! and real-time machine translation that doesn’t seem too far from the universal translator in Star Trek. (more…)

Just a second – Graphic of the day

A “leap second” is being added to the world’s clocks at midnight GMT, which could test the extremely sensitive trading systems of the modern algorithmic era. Beginning in Asia, financial markets around with world will open on Wednesday with a tinge of apprehension. Today’s graphic explains why the added second is needed to allow the Earth’s rotation to synchronize with atomic clocks.

leap second

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Innovation in our hands

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The future of innovation is in our hands.

Up there with leadership and strategy, innovation is one of the most over-used words in business today, throughout the world. I challenge any CEO to define what they mean by innovation. Many don’t seem to understand it. Innovation is too valuable to be misunderstood. It’s time to change that. (more…)

Innovation: The lifeblood of the global economy

Participants perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Innovation is the lifeblood of the global economy, and is in its golden age. In the last decade alone, we have witnessed the introduction landmark inventions, from driverless cars, to bionic limb reconstructions, to the discovery of the Higgs Boson. That’s why it may come as a surprise that we’re reporting that year-over-year innovation growth has hit the slowest pace since the global economic recession.

A new study from our IP & Science business finds that the global pace of innovation has slowed to its lowest level since the recession. The study, which analyzes global intellectual property data — including scientific literature and patents – as a window into innovation in 12 bellwether technology areas, suggests a possible inflection point in global R&D growth in both private sector companies and academic research institutions worldwide.

Following are some of the highlights: (more…)