NSF Launches Innovation Nation Video Series

Just as the European Commission (EC) established the Innovation Union to spur innovation and step up R&D efforts in Europe, as reported by Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine, so to has the National Science Foundation (NSF) released Innovation Nation, a 26-part series of video programs that review some of the NSF-funded inventions and research shaping the world.

Innovation Nation airs on the Science Channel, and the first video of the series, which showed a robot developed by University of California-Berkeley folding towels, aired on Nov. 4, 2010. The video series is hosted by veteran science and technology correspondent Miles O’Brien and produced by CBS News Productions in partnership with the NSF and Discovery Science.

According to the NSF, Innovation Nation is a quick look at what happens when genius meets possibility. Each episode is one minute and airs within various Science Channel programs throughout the week. In addition to the Science Channel, Innovation Nation can be found on NSF’s new science and engineering multimedia portal Science360.

As global technology becomes more advanced, the personal care industry must become more advanced right along with it, often incorporating innovations from other industries into cosmetic formulations. Perhaps the Innovation Nation can spur innovation in the personal care industry, with upcoming episodes including: "Clothing Power: A power walk in this clothing charges your cell phone," "Mushroom packaging: This eco-alchemy could end up replacing Styrofoam,"  and "Wheelchair Robot: This wheel chair of the future is armed," among others.

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