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As the world gets smarter and IBM clients need to innovate rapidly, IBM’s technologists and scientists are advancing existing IBM products and services, while simultaneously pursuing the future. 


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IBM scientists unveil prototype that will put 'Smart Mobility' into maintenance, repairs and operations.

A Boy and His Atom: The World's Smallest Movie


An IBM supercomputer at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab in the US is being used to model the human heart in real time - a first. It could help address one of the leading causes of death in the world.


Helen Bowyer, IBM Emerging Technologies Manager, explains and demonstrates "Say It, Sign It" project which uses an avatar to translate spoken English into sign language:

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Date Title
09 Jan 2018 IBM Breaks Records to Top U.S. Patent List for 25th Consecutive Year
21 Jul 2017 IBM and University of Alberta Publish New Data on Machine Learning Algorithms to Help Predict Schizophrenia
19 Jul 2017 IBM Scientists Observe Elusive Gravitational Effect in Solid-State Physics
10 Jul 2017 IBM and Citizen-Scientists Poised to Contribute Equivalent of up to $200 Million for Climate & Environmental Research
27 Jun 2017 Wimbledon Prepares for Greatness – IBM and the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Re-shaping the Fan Experience with Cognitive
05 Jun 2017 IBM Research Alliance Builds New Transistor for 5nm Technology
25 May 2017 IBM Researcher Abdigani Diriye Selected as a TED Fellow
17 May 2017 IBM Builds Its Most Powerful Universal Quantum Computing Processors
31 May 2017 Sci-Tech Daresbury and IBM Research Collaborative Campus at Hartree Centre Receives Royal Seal of Approval
15 May 2017 IBM Scientists Use Lab-on-a-Chip Nanochannel Technology Designed to “Stretch” DNA to Help Detect Disease
15 May 2017 IBM Researchers Uncover New Way to Stimulate The Body’s Immune Response
03 May 2017 Discovery from IBM Research Could Enable More Efficient Oil Extraction from Existing Wells
05 May 2017 IBM Scientist Named Fellow by International Association for Cryptologic Research
05 May 2017 IBM Scientists Use Big Data to Develop New Strategies to Help Address Ebola
28 Apr 2017 IBM Research Video Spotlight: Cognitive Methane Measurement
28 Apr 2017 IBM Inventors Patent Invention for Transferring Packages between Aerial Drones
20 Apr 2017 IBM Machine Vision Technology Advances Early Detection of Diabetic Eye Disease Using Deep Learning
13 Apr 2017 IBM Bestows Prestigious Technical Honor to 11 New Fellows
11 Apr 2017 The Weather Company and a Leading Multimedia Publisher Trinity Mirror are Bringing the Best Weather Data to the United Kingdom
07 Apr 2017 IBM Patents Machine Learning Models for Drug Discovery
30 Mar 2017 IBM Patents Cognitive System to Manage Self-Driving Vehicles
23 Mar 2017 Scientists Use IBM Power Systems to Assemble Genome of West Nile Mosquito
08 Mar 2017 IBM Breaks Industry Record for Conversational Speech Recognition by Extending Deep Learning Technologies
08 Mar 2017 IBM Researchers Store Data on World’s Smallest Magnet -- a Single Atom
06 Mar 2017 IBM Building First Universal Quantum Computers for Business and Science
31 Jan 2017 IBM: Your Computer Can Help Scientists Search for New Childhood Cancer Treatments 
09 Jan 2017 IBM Inventors Receive Record-Breaking 8,000+ U.S. Patents in 2016
05 Jan 2017 IBM Reveals Five Innovations that will Help Change our Lives within Five Years
08 Dec 2016 IBM Research and Rice University Explore Watson-Powered Robot Aimed at Aiding Elderly and Caregivers
20 Sep 2016 IBM Research and MIT Collaborate to Advance Frontiers of Artificial Intelligence in Real-World Audio-Visual Comprehension Technologies
09 Dec 2015 IBM Expands Green Horizons Initiative Globally To Address Pressing Environmental and Pollution Challenges
25 Aug 2016 IBM Research Opens in South Africa; Cognitive Computing and the IoT help Track Diseases and Forecast Air Quality
01 Aug 2016 IBM Lab-on-a-Chip Breakthrough Aims to Help Physicians Detect Cancer and Diseases at the Nanoscale
03 Aug 2016 IBM Scientists Imitate the Functionality of Neurons with a Phase-Change Device
28 Jun 2016 IBM Research Scientists Discover New Recycling Process to Convert Old Smartphones and CDs into Non-Toxic, High-Strength Plastics
11 May 2016 Scientists Discover New Technology Breakthrough in Fighting Viral Diseases
04 May 2016 IBM Makes Quantum Computing Available on IBM Cloud to Accelerate Innovation
14 Apr 2016 IBM Honors 11 New Fellows for Outstanding Work in Cognitive, Cloud, Security and Healthcare
07 Apr 2016 Pfizer Taps IBM for Research Collaboration to Transform Parkinson’s Disease Care
29 Mar 2016 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and IBM Collaborate to Build Brain-Inspired Supercomputer
13 Jan 2016 IBM First in Patents for 23rd Consecutive Year
01 Oct 2015 IBM Research Breakthrough Paves Way for Post-Silicon Future with Carbon Nanotube Electronics
01 Oct 2015 IBM Cognitive Technologies to Help University of Michigan Power its Race Car During World Solar Challenge
27 Jul 2015 IBM Rolls Out African Skills Initiative
25 Jul 2015 IBM Expands Reach to African Entrepreneurs with Innovation Space @ iHub
16 Jul 2015 Machine Learning Helps IBM Boost Accuracy of U.S. Department of Energy Solar Forecasts by up to 30 Percent
06 Jul 2015 IBM's Virtual Supercomputer Finds Clean Water Clue
10 Jun 2015 New OpenPOWER Cloud Boosts Ecosystem for Innovation and Development
04 Jun 2015 £313 Million Boost For UK Big Data Research
21 May 2015 Scientists from IBM Research and Australian Universities Reveal New Insight on the Molecular Structure of Plants
12 May 2015 IBM’s Silicon Photonics Technology Ready to Speed up Cloud and Big Data Applications
29 Apr 2015 IBM Scientists Achieve Critical Steps to Building First Practical Quantum Computer
15 Apr 2015 IBM Confers Highest Technical Honor to 10 New Fellows
09 Apr 2015 IBM Research Sets New Record for Tape Storage
11 Mar 2015 Low Power Networking Technology from IBM and Semtech to Help Enable Telcos to Launch New Services for the Internet of Things
06 Feb 2015 IBM Expands Global Research Network into South Africa
29 Jan 2015 IBM Research and Mars, Incorporated Launch Pioneering Effort to Drive Advances in Global Food Safety
28 Jan 2015 IBM Research Announces Cloud Breakthrough For Protecting Personal Data
13 Jan 2015 IBM Launches z13 Mainframe -- Most Powerful and Secure System Ever Built
12 Jan 2015 IBM Breaks U.S. Patent Record in 2014
17 Dec 2014 IBM Research Scientists Investigate Use of Cognitive Computing-Based Visual Analytics for Skin Cancer Image Analysis
09 Dec 2014 Made in IBM Labs: Creating Analytics “Express Lane” For Cloud Data
09 Dec 2014 Made in IBM Labs: Using Analytics to Optimize Cloud Computing Performance and Cost Savings
03 Dec 2014 Volunteers Can Now Help Scripps Research Institute Scientists Seek Ebola Cure in Their (Computers') Spare Time
19 Nov 2014 Made in IBM Labs: Protecting Personal Data in the Cloud
14 Nov 2014 U.S. Department of Energy Selects IBM “Data Centric” Systems to Advance Research and Tackle Big Data Challenges
30 Oct 2014 IBM and Repsol Launch World’s First Cognitive Technologies Collaboration for Oil Industry Applications
27 Oct 2014 IBM Launches Humanitarian Initiatives to Help Contain Ebola Outbreak in Africa
21 Oct 2014 Crowdsourced Supercomputing Project Seeks Better Understanding of DNA, Improved Quality of Life
15 Oct 2014 IBM Extends Bluemix with Cloud Service for the Internet of Things
24 Sep 2014 Airlight Energy and IBM Bring Solar Electricity and Heat to Remote Locations
25 Aug 2014 IBM Study: 80 Percent of Organizations Are Turning to Citizen Developers to Drive Innovation
08 Aug 2014 Made in IBM Labs: Governing Geographically Dispersed Cloud Data
07 Aug 2014 New IBM SyNAPSE Chip Could Open Era of Vast Neural Networks
10 Jul 2014 IBM Announces $3 Billion Research Initiative to Tackle Chip Grand Challenges for Cloud and Big Data Systems
07 Jul 2014 IBM Research Launches Project “Green Horizon” to Help China Deliver on Ambitious Energy and Environmental Goals
03 Jul 2014 IBM Research Breakthrough Helps Public Health Officials Improve Food Safety
02 Jul 2014 Vissensa Selects IBM Enterprise Cloud System to Improve Performance and Deliver New Services for Customers
30 May 2014 Made in IBM Labs: Patented IBM Invention Helps Eliminate Fraudulent Behavior in the Cloud
22 May 2014 Zambian Government and IBM Provide Improved Access to Life Saving Drugs
12 May 2014 IBM Unveils Software Defined Storage Technology for Era of Big Data
19 May 2014 IBM Research Sets New Record for Storing Massive Amounts of Big Data
15 May 2014 IBM Research Discovers New Class of Industrial Polymers
31 Jan 2014 Scientists Build Most Sophisticated Graphene Circuit to Date for Wireless Communications
25 Apr 2014 IBM and National Geographic Kids Unveil GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® Title for the World's Smallest Magazine Cover Made with a Microscopic 3D Printer
09 Apr 2014 IBM Fellow Stuart Parkin Awarded Millennium Technology Prize for Inventing Modern-Day Data Storage
08 Apr 2014 IBM Brings New Cloud Offerings, Research Projects and Pricing Plans to the Mainframe
08 Apr 2014 IBM Debuts new Mobile, Storage and Hadoop Offerings for the Mainframe
04 Apr 2014 Made in IBM Labs: Enabling Secure Notifications to Mobile Devices
02 Apr 2014 IBM Announces Record Number of Fellows in 51st Anniversary of Innovation Honor
13 Mar 2014 IBM and EarlySense Use Big Data to Help Improve Sleep Patterns and Promote Good Health
26 Feb 2014 Tesco Uses IBM Augmented Reality Mobile App to Manage Product Placement
20 Feb 2014 IBM Research and Thiess Use Data ‘Vital Signs’ to Predict Mining Equipment Health and Drive Business Performance
13 Feb 2014 Made in IBM Labs: Scientists Set New Speed Record for Big Data
06 Feb 2014 IBM Brings Watson to Africa
14 Jan 2014 IBM Sets U.S. Patent Record
09 Jan 2014 IBM Forms New Watson Group to Meet Growing Demand for Cognitive Innovations
09 Jan 2014 IBM Watson Group Unveils Cloud-Delivered Watson Services to Transform Industrial R&D, Visualize Big Data Insights and Fuel Analytics Exploration
09 Jan 2014 DBS Bank Engages IBM’s Watson to Achieve Next Generation Client Experience
17 Dec 2013 IBM Reveals Five Innovations That Will Change Our Lives within Five Years
10 Dec 2013 IBM Scientists Demonstrate Quantum Phenomenon for the First Time Using a Plastic Film
09 Dec 2013 IBM Research and Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Convert Recycled Plastics into Disease Fighting Nanofibers
06 Dec 2013 Made in IBM Labs: Helping Clients Securely and Reliably Migrate Cloud Data
19 Nov 2013 IBM Ranked #1 on The Graph500 Supercomputing List
21 Nov 2013 Scientists “Burst” Supercomputing Record with Bubble Collapse Simulation; Could Lead to Advances in Healthcare and Industrial Technology
14 Nov 2013 IBM Watson’s Next Venture: Fueling New Era of Cognitive Apps Built in the Cloud by Developers
08 Nov 2013 IBM Opens Doors of First African Research Lab - Continent's Grand Challenges in its Sights
01 Nov 2013 IBM Research and Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Discover Breakthrough for Breast Cancer Drug Delivery
23 Oct 2013 IBM and Swiss Hospital Test New Tool for Diagnosing Cancer
18 Oct 2013 MD Anderson Taps IBM Watson to Power "Moon Shots" Mission Aimed at Ending Cancer, Starting with Leukemia
18 Oct 2013 Made in IBM Labs: Two-Factor Security for Mobile Transactions
15 Oct 2013 IBM Research Unveils Two New Watson Related Projects from Cleveland Clinic Collaboration
14 Oct 2013 University of Southampton switches on one of the most powerful supercomputers in the UK
30 Sep 2013 Made in IBM Labs: Scientists Turn Data into Disease Detective to Predict Dengue Fever and Malaria Outbreaks
08 Aug 2013 IBM Research Creates New Foundation to Program SyNAPSE Chips
04 Jun 2013 Made in IBM Labs: IBM Scientists Unveil Highly Integrated Millimeter-Wave Transceiver for Mobile Communications and Radar Imaging applications
01 May 2013 IBM Research Makes World’s Smallest Movie Using Atoms
24 Apr 2013 Made in IBM Labs: IBM Scientists Unveil Prototype That Will Put 'Smart Mobility' Into Maintenance, Repairs and Operations
22 Apr 2013 Made in IBM Labs: Collaboration Aims to Harness the Energy of 2,000 Suns
21 Mar 2013 Made in IBM Labs: Scientists Discover New Atomic Technique to Charge Memory Chips
11 Mar 2013 Big Bang Meets Big Data: South Africa Joins ASTRON and IBM to Build the Foundation for a New Era of Computing
21 Feb 2013 MADE IN IBM LABS: Ultra-Fast Ethernet Research Improves Internet Speeds to 100Gb/second
08 Feb 2013 IBM Watson Hard At Work: New Breakthroughs Transform Quality Care for Patients
24 Jan 2013 IBM and The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Develop New Antimicrobial Hydrogel to Fight Superbugs and Drug-Resistant Biofilms
15 Jan 2013 IBM Research Team Wins Coveted Feynman Prize for Advancing Scanning Probe Microscopy
10 Jan 2013 IBM Tops U.S. Patent List for 20th Consecutive Year
17 Dec 2012 IBM Reveals Five Innovations That Will Change Our Lives within Five Years
10 Dec 2012 Made in IBM Labs: IBM Lights Up Silicon Chips to Tackle Big Data
28 Oct 2012 Made in IBM Labs: Researchers Demonstrate Initial Steps toward Commercial Fabrication of Carbon Nanotubes as a Successor to Silicon
25 Oct 2012 IBM Establishes the Smarter Energy Research Institute to Advance the Utility of the Future
23 Oct 2012 Made in IBM Labs: New IBM Analytics Software Helps Doctors Transition to Predictive Healthcare
14 Sep 2012 IBM Scientists First to Distinguish Individual Molecular Bonds
13 Aug 2012 IBM Scientists "Waltz" Closer to Using Spintronics in Computing
13 Aug 2012 New IBM Research Lab to Open In Kenya
24 Jul 2012 IBM to Power New Generation Radio Telescope and Help Probe the Origins of the Universe
12 Jul 2012 Paoli-Calmettes Institute Collaborates with IBM to help Cancer Patients Better Understand Treatment Risks
02 Jul 2012 IBM's Energy Program Saves $43 Million and Avoids 175,000 Metric Tons of C02 Emissions
27 Jun 2012 IBM and Lawrence Livermore Researchers Form ‘Deep Computing Solutions’ Collaboration to Help Boost Industrial Competitiveness
18 Jun 2012 First Commercial IBM Hot-Water Cooled Supercomputer to Consume 40% Less Energy
28 May 2012 Olympicene - scientists bring new molecule to life
20 Apr 2012 IBM Research Boosts Battery 500 Project with New Materials Partners
03 Apr 2012 Made in IBM Labs: New IBM Software Accelerates Decision Making in the Era of Big Data
02 Apr 2012 From Big Bang to Big Data: ASTRON and IBM Collaborate to Explore Origins of the Universe
22 Mar 2012 Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, IBM to Collaborate in Applying Watson Technology to Help Oncologists
08 Mar 2012 Made in IBM Labs: Holey Optochip First to Transfer One Trillion Bits of Information per Second Using the Power of Light
06 Mar 2012 Made in IBM Labs: Cloud-based Secure Desktop Streaming from any PC
05 Mar 2012 Citi and IBM Enter Exploratory Agreement on Use of Watson Technologies
28 Feb 2012 IBM Research Advances Device Performance for Quantum Computing
27 Feb 2012 IBM scientists first to image the charge distribution within a single molecule
13 Jan 2012 MADE IN IBM LABS: New Silicon Probe Assists in Disease Diagnostics and Drug Discovery
13 Jan 2012 IBM Research Determines Atomic Limits of Magnetic Memory
11 Jan 2012 IBM Breaks U.S. Patent Record; Tops Patent List for 19th Consecutive Year
19 Dec 2011 IBM Reveals Five Innovations That Will Change Our Lives within Five Years
08 Dec 2011 IBM Contributes Data to the National Institutes of Health to Speed Drug Discovery and Cancer Research Innovation
05 Dec 2011 Made in IBM Labs: Researchers Demonstrate Future of Computing with Graphene, Racetrack and Carbon Nanotube Breakthroughs
02 Nov 2011 The Genographic Project Confirms Humans Migrated Out of Africa through Arabia
12 Sep 2011 WellPoint and IBM Announce Agreement to Put Watson to Work in Health Care
29 Aug 2011 IBM and Jeopardy! Relive History with Encore Presentation of Jeopardy!: The IBM Challenge
24 Aug 2011 Made in IBM Labs: New Flood Prediction Technology Simulates Rivers 100x Faster than Real Time
18 Aug 2011 IBM Unveils Cognitive Computing Chips
22 Jul 2011 Made in IBM Labs: Researchers Demonstrate Breakthrough Storage Performance for Big Data Applications
15 Jul 2011 Coriell Institute Teams with IBM to Advance Personalised Medicine
11 Jul 2011 IBM inspires young girls to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
30 Jun 2011 Made in IBM Labs: IBM Scientists Demonstrate Memory Breakthrough for the First Time
10 Jun 2011 Made in IBM Labs: Researchers Unveil Nanotechnology Circuits for Wireless Devices
17 May 2011 IBM and ETH Zurich Open Collaborative Nanotechnology Center
04 May 2011 IBM Honours Eight Employees with Highest Technical Award For Breakthrough Innovations
18 Apr 2011 IBM Honours the 25th Anniversary of High-Temperature Superconductivity
13 Apr 2011 IBM, Caltrans and UC Berkeley Aim to Help Commuters Avoid Congested Roadways Before their Trip Begins
07 Apr 2011 IBM's MRSA-Fighting Nanotechnology Caps Century of Healthcare Innovation
04 Apr 2011 IBM and The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Find Breakthrough for MRSA Treatment
30 Mar 2011 IBM Watson Goes to School to Engage Next Generation of Innovators
10 Mar 2011 Three Films Chronicle IBM’s Century of Innovation
03 Mar 2011 Made in IBM Labs: IBM Reinvents the Patient Portal
03 Mar 2011 Bar Code Inventors to Be Inducted Into National Inventors Hall of Fame
18 Feb 2011 In Watson's Wake, IBM World Community Grid Registration Skyrockets 700%
10 Jan 2011 IBM Shatters U.S. Patent Record; Tops Patent List for 18th Consecutive Year
27 Dec 2010 IBM Reveals Five Innovations That Will Change Our Lives in the Next Five Years
14 Dec 2010 IBM’s “Watson” Computing System to Challenge All Time Greatest Jeopardy! Champions
01 Dec 2010 Made in IBM Labs: Breakthrough Chip Technology Lights the Path to Exascale Computing
26 Oct 2010 IBM Launches New UK Lab to Help Business Partners Cash In On Cloud Computing
22 Oct 2010 MADE IN IBM LABS: IBM Inventors Create Warning System to Accurately Analyze, Assess and Predict Natural Disasters


  • IBM 3D Superconducting quantum bit IBM 3D Superconducting quantum bit

    Date added: 28 Feb 2012

    A picture of IBM’s “3D” superconducting qubit device where a qubit (about 1mm in length) is suspended in the center of the cavity on a small Sapphire chip. The cavity is formed by closing the two halves, and measurements are done by passing microwave signals to the connectors. Despite the apparent large feature size (the cavity is about 1.5 inches wide) for this single qubit demonstration, the team believes it is possible to scale such a system to hundreds or thousands of qubits.

  • IBM 2D Superconducting quantum bit IBM 2D Superconducting quantum bit

    Date added: 28 Feb 2012

    A picture of the Silicon chip housing a total of three qubits. The chip is back-mounted on a PC board and connects to I/O coaxial lines via wire bonds (scale: 8mm x 4mm). A larger assembly of such qubits and resonators are envisioned to be used for a scalable architecture.

  • IBM CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics Technology IBM CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics Technology

    Date added: 29 Feb 2012

    IBM's new CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics chip technology integrates electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon, enabling computer chips to communicate using pulses of light (instead of electrical signals).

  • IBM CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics Technology IBM CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics Technology

    Date added: 29 Feb 2012

    IBM has unveiled a new chip technology, called CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics chip technology, which enables a 10X improvement in integration density and produces smaller, faster and more power-efficient chips than is possible with conventional technologies.

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