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Here we highlight selected innovation related articles from around the world on a daily basis.  These articles related to innovation and funding for innovative companies, and best practices for innovation based economic development.

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When it comes to flying, nothing about a close proximity to strangers and bathrooms for hours on end feels particularly clean. And while y ou may not be able to make the flight shorter or the seats bigger, you can make your experience more sanitary by avoiding some of the dirtiest places on airplanes.


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In cities across the world, mayors, urban planners, citizens, and, increasingly, tech companies are using powerful new devices and programs to create smart cities, where transportation systems, energy grids, and public services can be monitored and manipulated in real time. We should be careful about how we enable ubiquitous computing to change and control our cities, cautions Anthony Townsend, a senior research scientist at the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University and author of Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia. As a researcher, Townsend has studied how cities apply technology for the past 20 years. He spoke with journalist Nate Berg for the Business Report.


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Want to keep your heart and cardiovascular system healthy for years to come? Keep these meals and snack items away from your cart and out of your regular diet. Save them for occasional indulgences—at most—and replace them with heart-healthy swaps whenever possible. Fast-food burgers The science on whether saturated fats are truly linked to heart disease isn’t entirely clear. When consumed in moderation, high-quality, grass-fed beef may even have some heart-health benefits, says Dr. Regina Druz, associate professor of cardiology at Hofstra University and chief of cardiology at St. John Episcopal Hospital in New York City.


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Developing countries are increasingly pushing back against the intellectual property regime foisted on them by the advanced economies over the last 30 years. They are right to do so, because what matters is not only the production of knowledge, but also that it is used in ways that put the health and wellbeing of people ahead of corporate profits.


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Communication is key when it comes to success in any field, but especially as an aspiring entrepreneur. Getting an idea up and running requires clear and concise writing skills, whether you’re composing emails or creating presentations.

By honing business writing, entrepreneurs can boost workplace efficiency and productivity, while also building a solid reputation. Luckily, you can improve your writing almost instantaneously with some small tips and tricks, from making time to plan to using more verbs.


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American startups are growing at a faster rate than they have been in recent years, according to a new report.

The 2017 Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship looks at the revenue and employment performance of startups, scale-ups and high growth companies.

“Startups that turned five years old in 2016 grew an estimated 75.6 percent in their first five years of operation – from almost six employees when they were founded to more than 10 employees for surviving businesses in their fifth year. This in an increase of more than 5 percentage points compared to 2015,” the Kauffman Foundation said


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Student loans in the United States have become the second-largest category of consumer debt, bested only by mortgage debt. Federal statistics show student debt topped $1.3 trillion at the end of 2016. More than 44 million people owe that money, and the default rate stands at 11.2%. New research from Laura Perna, a professor at Penn’s Graduate School of Education, and her co-authors, tackles some of the pressing issues around student loans. In their recent paper for the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative (“An Updated Look at Student Loan Debt Repayment and Default,”) Perna and her co-authors offer some ideas for students and government. She spoke with [email protected] about her research and what can be done to start to get more students in the black.


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Startup growth is on the rise — and not just in San Francisco and New York. 

That's according to the 2017 Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship, a study that measures startup growth at the city, state, and national level.

The study focuses on metrics like the average employment growth at startups, how many companies have scaled up, and how many high-growth startups are in a given area. This year, entrepreneurship grew in 26 of the 40 metro areas measured.


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Gov. Larry Hogan is supporting Elon Musk and his desire to bring an undergrond hyperloop to the East Coast, and it seems like a bit of the Tesla founder’s social media strategy has rubbed off on the Maryland Republican.

On Thursday, Hogan dropped a video on Twitter that quickly circulated suggesting he was onboard with the underground tunnels and tubes holding trains which would be helmed by Musk’s The Boring Company.

Image: Gov. Hogan (second from left) meets The Boring Company. (Photo via Facebook)

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MADISON — Six small high-tech businesses in Wisconsin will receive up to $75,000 each to commercialize their innovations, thanks to the SBIR Advance program’s latest round of funding.

SBIR Advance, the Wisconsin matching grant program, provides assistance to companies in the process of completing federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. This is the ninth round of SBIR Advance funding since this collaboration by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Center for Technology Commercialization began in 2014.


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Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, once predicted, “When the rate of change outside the company is greater than the rate of change inside, the end is near.” Yet in my role as business advisor, I often see companies naively ignoring this reality. The smarter ones look outside regularly for evidence of impending change, and treat these as opportunities to jump ahead of competitors.

Today, the move to digital technology is driving marketplace change at a seemingly ever-increasing rate. The pervasive Internet and mobile device access allows instant communication of new options, total sharing of customer experiences, and mass customization, on a world-wide scale. No more hiding behind a cultural stereotype, a well-built brand, or a geographic wall.

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