chapter  4
The importance of R&D
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R&D is a very loose term to describe everything from the basic research that goes on in University laboratories to the market testing of new products and services that is organized by market research companies to perfect the shape of a bottle to hold a new drink or the texture of a new biscuit. Often, the link between the one and the other is very long and tenuous. When a research scientist uncovers the curious properties of certain fluoro-carbons (compounds of fluoride and carbon), it is a long route (via the coatings on rockets to reduce friction during launch) to easy-to-clean kitchen utensils.