Insights from BCC Research

Walk a Mile in These Plant-Sourced Shoes

Posted by Clayton Luz on Apr 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM

These plant-based shoes never need watering. The top of the shoe is made from organic cotton, the sole from industrially grown corn. After you've worn them out, you can compost them.

"We're 'growing shoes' here at Reebok," says Bill McInnis, vice-president of the company' Future Team, which developed the environmentally friendly shoe. "Ultimately, our goal is to create a broad selection of bio-based footwear that can be composted after use. We'll then use that compost as part of the soil to grow the materials for the next range of shoes. We want to take the entire cycle into account; to go from dust to dust."
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Topics: Energy and Resources

Infectious Diseases May Fuel China to Become Biggest Consumer of Drugs

Posted by Laurie L. Sullivan on Apr 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM

China is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing drug markets. At a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.0%, BCC Research predicts that the Chinese drug market will reach $424.3 billion by 2021. At this pace, China is likely to overtake the United States to become the world’s largest consumer of drugs by 2025.

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Topics: Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals

A Golden Discovery for Wearable Technology

Posted by Clayton Luz on Apr 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

In the not so-distant-future you could be wearing your smart phone around your wrist. And, if you're into gold jewelry, you'll be able to accessorize it with whatever other gold baubles complement your bling.

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have developed a technique that allows wearable device to be completely bendable using silicon and gold.
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Topics: Plastics

Toyota Puts AI on the Hunt for New Materials

Posted by Clayton Luz on Apr 10, 2017 11:00:00 AM

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) announced it is investing $35 million in materials science research that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help accelerate the design and discovery of advanced materials.

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Topics: Fuel Cell and Battery Technologies