Innovation

Lockheed Martin Renews Support for Spirit of Innovation Challenge

For third consecutive year, global security and aerospace company works with teens to nurture and develop an innovation generation
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HOUSTON, Dec. 11, 2012 /3BL Media/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nancy Conrad, founder and chairman of the Conrad Foundation, announced today that the Lockheed Martin Corporation renewed its support as a Spirit of Innovation Challenge Corporate Partner. This is the third year the company will champion the aerospace & aviation category of the annual innovation competition.

Big Ideas in Business Sustainability Reporting

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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Following the exploration of  business sustainability monitoring and reporting, the debate continues on whether a company should focus on transparency and continuous individual improvement or corporate performance measures relative to a broader all-encompassing target.  Rather than separating traditional performance from sustainability, would the business world be better served in aligning business sustainability with traditional financial reporting?

Closing the Sign Language Gap in China

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In China, a shortage of sign language experts has caused a communications gap between deaf people and the hearing world. Deaf children are at an even greater disadvantage because there are so few people to teach them sign language in the first place.

A team of three engineering students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong used Intel technology to help bridge the gap. T Chan Chun Kit, Liu Ruifeng, and Shu Jianfei created a system that translates Chinese sign language into text and sound.

Top Brands Showing Signs of Sustainable Growth

Nike, UPS and Unilever lead charge to increase revenue, cut emissions; Apple continues to lag tech sector; Fast food companies fall flat
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Durham, NH, December 5, 2012 /3BL Media/ – The message coming from top name brands is clear: climate change poses a threat to business in the form of increased costs and risks associated with extreme weather.  As a result, companies are prioritizing the need to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and lower their carbon footprint.  The findings are gleaned from non-profit Climate Counts’ sixth annual scoring release which rates major consumer brands on their approach to climate change.

GE Healthcare Acquires U-Systems, Expands GE Presence in Breast Cancer Detection

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GE Healthcare, the healthcare division of General Electric (NYSE: GE), announced today the acquisition of U-Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of ultrasound products specifically designed for breast applications. With operations in Sunnyvale, CA and Phoenix, AZ, U-Systems, Inc. has developed the somo•v® Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS), the first and only ultrasound system on the market approved in the U.S. for breast cancer screening as an adjunct to mammography for asymptomatic women with greater than 50 percent dense breast tissue and no prior breast interventions.

GE, Clean Energy Fuels Partner to Expand Natural Gas Highway

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GE and Clean Energy Fuels announced a collaboration to expand the infrastructure for natural gas transportation in the United States.

The agreement supports Clean Energy's efforts in developing America's Natural Gas Highway, a fueling network that will enable trucks to operate on liquefied natural gas coast to coast and border to border.

The Lemelson Foundation Announces $24 Million to Inspire and Educate the Next Generation of Inventors

Grants to the Lemelson-MIT Program and National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance support educational efforts and other activities that will leverage invention’s ability to stimulate the economy
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PORTLAND, OR, November 29, 2012 /3BL Media/ - Today, The Lemelson Foundation announced it is awarding more than $24 million to two organizations in order to inspire and educate the next generation of inventors with the knowledge and skills necessary to transform their ideas into inventions and those inventions into enterprises that improve lives and stimulate the economy.

How Can Your Company Enhance Its Innovation Strategy?

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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“Too many companies see innovation as merely coming up with new products or services. Certainly, that’s part of it. But at its core, innovation is all about thinking differently than you have in the past. It’s about finding new ways to improve internal systems and processes.” -Forbes Magazine
 

Sustainable Innovation Continues to Make Major Headlines

Taiga Company blog by Julie Urlaub, Founder and Managing Partner at Taiga Company
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CNN Money recently published an article, 4 Keys to Growth through Transformational Innovation, which discusses an aligned perspective on sustainable business development.  Seeking to overcome today’s business challenges, and in some cases derailleurs, the author points to ‘break-through’ innovation as a key business sustainability differentiator.
 

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