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News Release 13-024

A View Inside the Science of Innovation

National Science Foundation, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and NBC News launch video series highlighting the process behind innovation

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3-D printing is an innovative process of making a three-dimensional solid object from a digital model. This innovative tool is giving scientists, engineers and backyard inventors a faster, easier and less expensive way to turn their ideas into a reality.

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Science of Innovation.

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Scientist with a tube containing substance used to tell if a product is real or fake.

Professor Evangelyn Alocilja of Michigan State University shows a unique innovation--biosensors designed for food and water safety that allow manufacturers to embed unique biomarkers into their products, helping authorities instantly detect whether the products are real or fake.

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Image of multiple synthetic diamonds

A new method for creating "synthetic diamonds," patented by Russell Hemley of the Carnegie Institution for Science, not only creates larger diamonds, but also manipulates their toughness, hardness and color.

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