NASA nurtured many innovations, from a portable communications system to an ultrasound machine for telemedicine, that have made the leap from space to Earth.
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NASA's Closed Environment Life Support System program led to the formation of Martek Biosciences, which specializes in microalgae research and development. Martek found that algae produces essential fatty acids similar to those in human breast milk, including DHA omega-3 and a fungus that yields arachidonic acid, or ARA. To address the deficiency of these fatty acids in baby formula, Martek developed an algae-based supplement called Formulaid. Food companies Horizon Organic, Kellogg and Yoplait now incorporate DHA and ARA into products for children and adults. Image credit: Martek Biosciences
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?
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