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Research and Development
Ford has opened a new R&D center in Palo Alto with the aim of accelerating the company’s innovation in connectivity, autonomous vehicles and big data. Johnson & Johnson is to form a consortia with leading global research institutions and non-government organisations to work in conjunction with Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies to accelerate the development of its Ebola vaccine. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine recently investigated the possible tumor-forming role of a sugar called Neu5Gc, which is naturally found in most mammals but not in humans. GE is experimenting with colored consumer electronics at an affordable price point, which is nearly unheard of in the appliance industry. IBM received a record 7,534 patents in 2014, marking the 22nd consecutive year that the company topped the annual list of US patent recipients. The new Ford GT was unveiled last night at the Detroit Auto Show, with the ultra-high-performance supercar serving as a showcase for the potential of Ford's EcoBoost engines. A consortium from across the US have partnered with the Department of Energy to create the $259m IACMI composite materials hub in Knoxville, Tennessee. Nissan, through its US-based organization, and NASA have announced the formation of a five-year research and development partnership to advance autonomous vehicle systems and prepare for the commercial application of the technology. Update: The SpaceX launch, which was initially planned for Tuesday was postponed, initially pushed back to Friday morning (Jan. 9), and then today delayed a further 24 hours to Saturday morning. BMW will begin testing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle co-developed with Toyota soon, according to a report from AutoCar, but BMW executives are still betting on electric.