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.
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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".
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.
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.
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.
From blue sky research to life-changing technologies
We want to do things that we are good at ourselves, but we never envisage doing blue sky research.
IAL, based in Oregon, concentrates on platform architectures, data types, application software, and protocols which will expand the computer market in the near future - not blue sky research which may or may not have an application.