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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.

Nasa’s X-57 ‘Maxwell’ is the US space agency’s first all-electric aircraft (Nasa)Nasa has invented a new type of high-performance battery that researchers claim could be used to power fully electric airplanes.

The US space agency made the breakthrough following investigations into solid-state batteries, which hold more energy and are lighter than industry-standard lithium-ion batteries.

Image: Nasa’s X-57 ‘Maxwell’ is the US space agency’s first all-electric aircraft (Nasa)

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Xiulin Ruan, a Purdue University professor of mechanical engineering, and his students have created the whitest paint on record. (Photo: John Underwood/Purdue University)In 2020, a team of scientists at Purdue University developed the world’s whitest white — a paint color so white it could reflect 98.1% of the sunlight that hits it. That paint formula was designed for hard surfaces like rooftops and pavement, to lower the surface temperature and help combat the urban heat island effect. Then NASA enquired about a space-friendly version of that paint: It had to reflect just as much sunlight, but it also had to be thinner in an industry where it costs $2,720 per kilogram to launch a payload into space (on a SpaceX Falcon 9).

Image: Xiulin Ruan, a Purdue University professor of mechanical engineering, and his students have created the whitest paint on record. (Photo: John Underwood/Purdue University)

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Seaweed 2021 08 26 18 25 14 utcA battery that has crucial parts made from seaweed could pave the way to greener energy storage.

Most batteries in smartphones, electric cars and laptops rely on lithium. This metal is in short supply, though, and is often mined by workers in poor conditions and is refined using methods that damage the environment. The shortage of lithium is only likely to worsen as the world shifts away from fossil fuels towards using more renewable electricity stored in …

 

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MIT researchers say cubic boron arsenide is the best semiconductor material ever found, and maybe the best possible one. (CREDIT: Christine Daniloff, MIT)
Silicon is one of the most abundant elements on Earth, and in its pure form the material has become the foundation of much of modern technology, from solar cells to computer chips. But silicon’s properties as a semiconductor are far from ideal.

Image: MIT researchers say cubic boron arsenide is the best semiconductor material ever found, and maybe the best possible one. (CREDIT: Christine Daniloff, MIT)

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Cursor and Satellite power grid would beam energy around the globe just like dataNew Zealand company Emrod says it's got the technology to enable efficient wireless energy transfer from orbit. It's proposing a global wireless energy matrix, which would instantly beam renewable energy via satellite between any two points on Earth.

Emrod has just demonstrated its wireless power beaming technology to Airbus and the European Space Agency (ESA) as part of the ESA's new push toward 24-hours-a-day space-based solar power. The idea of space-based solar is not new. 

Image: You don't need space-based solar if you've got a global wireless energy network, says EmrodDepositphotos

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Nvca q3The value of U.S. venture capital deals weakened across all stages in the third quarter of 2022 as the economy and startup ecosystem showed more signs of distress.

The Pitchbook-NVCA Venture Monitor First Look (preliminary data) showed a slowdown in the third quarter in the U.S. market, which is the biggest in the world. It was the third consecutive quarter of decline in completed deals.

Image: NVCA and Pitchbook reported Q3 venture investments dropped. Image Credit: Pitchbook/NVCA

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The BMW iX5 Hydrogen prototype model.   -   Copyright  BMWSales of battery electric cars (BEVS) are on the rise across Europe and according to the annual Global Electric Vehicle Outlook, more are sold each week now than in the whole of 2012.

But despite the increasing popularity, shortages of key components for batteries, including lithium, nickel and cobalt, could threaten supply. So, is it time to focus on hydrogen-based energy?

Image: The BMW iX5 Hydrogen prototype model. - Copyright BMW

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Graphs is going down young businessman in formal 2021 09 23 16 43 01 utcIt’s a rote story by now that many populations around the world are facing rapid decline. Birth rates in many countries are falling, leading to concerns about graying populations engendering imbalanced economies.

That’s true when we consider nation-level populations. It’s also true when we consider the rate at which new unicorns are born, measured by the pace at which global startups reach the $1 billion valuation threshold. Once rare, unicorns became far more pedestrian during the 2020-2021 peak of the last venture capital cycle. What’s old is new again — we’re seeing unicorn formation slow.

 

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A young businesswoman working in office using lap 2021 08 26 12 09 09 utcIn a recent article, I shared why the build-versus-buy decision is more complex than it appears. Many executives rely on TCO (total cost of ownership) as the metric that matters when making the call, but in reality, total business value should really drive technology investment decisions. Ultimately, what matters is whether your technology solutions are driving business value or hindering it.

 

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