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Four Discover innovation award finalists have Stanford connections

For eight years, the popular science magazine Discover has bestowed annual awards for technological innovation. Their purpose is to "recognize and applaud scientists and engineers who are the unsung heroes of our technological age."

Four of this year's finalists had Stanford connections, although none of them won awards.

The magazine invites nominations from more than 4,000 corporate, academic and government research centers. From these nominations, the magazine editors selected 33 finalists in seven categories: Automotive and Transportation, Aviation and Aerospace, Computer Hardware and Electronics, Computer Software, Environment, Sight, and Sound. Expert panels in each category then pick the award winner.

The winners were announced earlier this month at an Academy Awards-style ceremony at Disney's EPCOT Center in Florida and are published in the July issue of the magazine. The Stanford connections:


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By David F. Salisbury