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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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research into (someone or something)

To gather and study a large or dense amount of information about someone or something. We've been researching into our ancestors. One of them was on the first boat to ever come to America! Scientists are researching into ways to treat cancer through gene therapy.
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research into someone or something

to study about someone or something thoroughly. I decided that I would research into Queen Elizabeth. We researched into the period in which she lived.
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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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As a result, a pattern of much more intimate relationships is unfolding between top research universities and major technology companies.
Algonquin College was also among the first five to receive CITO funding for applied research.
Edwards and other advocates of embryonic stem-cell research grossly overstate the claimed benefits and, in general, misrepresent the facts.
This award is presented annually by the Research and Development Council of New Jersey.
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To increase the visibility of the Foundation and its research projects, the Foundation is creating materials that IABC chapters may use to create professional development programs for chapter meetings.
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Then the instructor addressed the topics through mini-lessons and presenting the latest research and theories on best practices in that field and the modeling best practices.
In his article on evaluation research, Powell outlines reasons for conducting this type of research.
Most of the market research we use is customized," Sanchez explains.
There are several important distinctions between research about school counseling and evaluation of school counseling programs.
The mission of the NIEHS is to promote research that will reduce the harmful effects of environmental exposures on human health and disease.
Although the term "energy research" is not defined by statute, the EPA's legislative history indicates that the research must relate to production, supply or conservation of energy, such as efforts to develop hydrogen fuel cell vehicles or efforts to improve the energy-efficiency of lighting.
Basic research studies to advance our understanding of the molecular and genetic basis of sleep and sleep disorders are also included in the NIAMS research portfolio.