blue-sky research

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blue-sky research

Research that is done without a particular end or application in mind. We don't have time for blue-sky research right now—we need to focus on finishing and releasing this app.
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blue-sky research

research that is not directed towards any immediate or definite commercial goal.
1997 New Scientist Bell Labs and IBM are well known for blue-sky research. They have people who are paid just to sit around and think—not about products.
See also: research
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Next, India has an established scientific tradition (in theoretical research and in pure sciences like mathematics and physics) therefore has some obligation to conduct blue sky research but more importantly, India's space programmes from the beginning has had strong linkages to social development.
He warns that contraction of blue sky research reduces the probability of discovering new knowledge and will create an environment in which the next generation of scientists will become short-term practitioners "driven solely by what are perceived to be user-needs of the day".
SimTech addresses this by working in concert with universities, which tend to do more blue sky research, while its parent, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), researches cutting-edge, industry-targeted technologies.
"R&D is by no means just about blue sky research," Mr Jonsson added.
SCIENTIFIC: Anya conducts her blue sky research' 1 RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil' 2 BAY OF ISLANDS New Zealand' 3 AYERS ROCK Australia' 4 DENARAU ISLAND Fiji' 5 CAPE TOWN South Africa' 6 ANTANANARIVO Madagascar' 7 KARUMBA The Maldives' 8 TOKYO Japan' 9 CASTELL DINAS BRAN Wales' 10 LONG BEACH Los Angeles
On the horizon, blue sky research is focused on the development of DNA-based computing.
Blue Sky Research has announced the release of the first member of its new line of Optical Pickup Units (OPUs) for CD-RW drives.
Blue Sky Research Inc, a San Jose, California-based optical storage components maker, has won a $500,000 investment from Al Shugart International, the new venture fund set up in Soquel, California by the disk drive pioneer.
Orion will utilize the new funds to double the present 40 research and development teams to speed up its present solutions and to carry out blue sky research on its big data analytics and predictive modelling software.
The emphasis, I think, will be on lower-hanging fruit, and could fail to take into account the need for blue sky research.
It will not be easy as blue sky research and profits do not come naturally but Carlyle and its financial backers - Barclays Capital and Lloyds - believe the project stands a good chance of success.
The ERC Proof of Concept grants encourage a new type of thinking amongst researchers, backing them to make the most of their blue sky research. This mindset will help European recovery and improve our quality of life.
More worrisome would be cuts to blue sky research. And while I've opined my belief that the Obama Administration is cognizant of the need for military spending, not just for the obvious reasons of defense, but also the less obvious need to compel next-generation research (see Caveat Lector, April 2009), the current reading of the tea leaves suggests some possibly big reductions are coming.
"We want to do things that we are good at ourselves, but we never envisage doing blue sky research."