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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.

Aliens Drawing credit MjolnirPants cc4 wikipediaAliens beyond our solar system could be discovered within the next 25 years, a Swiss government scientist said.

Sasha Quanz, an astrophysicist at Switzerland’s federal technology institute ETH Zurich said that current technology such as the James Webb Space Telescope is not quite powerful enough to locate evidence of extraterrestrial life.

Image: Alein life waits to be discovered in exoplanets says government astrophysicist. Credit: MjolnirPants/cc4/wikipedia

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Cursor and Prostate cancer innovations move the field forward Mayo ClinicProstate cancer is a rapidly moving field when it comes to the treatments that are available. Prostate cancer experts at Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center work in an integrated genitourinary practice, which allows them the size and scope they need to drive the entire field forward. At Mayo Clinic, innovative prostate cancer treatments include theranostics, genomics, advanced drug therapies, nuclear medicine imaging, 3D imaging and modeling, and more.

Image: https://medprofvideos.mayoclinic.org

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Money 2021 09 04 10 11 45 utcDylan Field, the co-founder and CEO of San Francisco-based Figma, is on the cusp of an epic windfall after Adobe  (ticker: ADBE) announced plans to acquire his company for $20 billion this week. Field will stay on with Figma (which makes collaborative design tools), and he reportedly owns a a sizable stake in his company. Forbes estimated it at 10%, which means Field could be looking at a $2 billion payday from the deal. (Field declined to provide details of his ownership share with MarketWatch.)

 

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Cursor and Energy Generating Artificial Blowhole Completes 1 Year Test CNETCould the ocean become a source of renewable energy? The company Wave Swell Energy is hoping for exactly that with its UniWave 200. The structure, with a large concrete base, has an opening for waves to enter through a hollow central chamber. As water rises and falls within the chamber, air gets pushed through a turbine, which spins and in turn generates electricity.

Image: The UniWave200 generating electricity off the coast of King Island, Australia. Wave Swell Energy

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Blocks 2022 08 01 01 48 43 utcPatent trolls are a major economic problem in the U.S., slowing growth and innovation, and costing companies time and money. Director of the USPTO, Kathi Vidal, also has an opportunity to take immediate action that will substantially improve how our patent system functions and advance U.S. innovation. It involves repealing a rule instituted by their predecessor that made it harder for firms being sued by patent trolls to take advantage of special expert judges.

 

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Puzzle pieces with word change 2021 08 26 22 35 29 utc  1Startup companies have traditionally looked for the most experienced venture capitalists they could find to get their businesses off the ground and support their growth. That’s not always the case anymore, according to a study by University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School Associate Professor Rich Mathews and his co-author Naveen Khanna of Michigan State University. They argue that startups straight out of the gate are often deciding to work with new venture capitalists rather than established ones.

 

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Rare green sea turtle chelonia mydas swimming i 2022 03 07 23 52 16 utcThe oceans’ contributions are well known – food, oxygen, transportation, recreation, heat absorption and more. Unfortunately, the oceans face severe challenges and the price tag to address them is jaw-dropping: according to one 2020 study, $174.5 billion is needed per year until 2030 to achieve the goals of the UN’s SDG 14, Life Below Water.

 

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43580232971 fa0ed611eb kOne of Maryland’s premiere medical networks just announced an eight-figure investment into the economic development of local and marginalized communities by way of notable funding entities.

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) said in a Thursday statement that it will commit  $14 million to  11 community development financial institutions and privity equity firms throughout the state. The investment is intended to address racial, economic and environmental disparities in the communities the system serves.

Image: The University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. (Photo by Flickr user Baltimore Heritage, used via a Creative Commons license)

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Most solar cells are currently silicon based; however, their efficiency is limited.  (CREDIT: Creative Commons)The photovoltaic effect of ferroelectric crystals can be increased by a factor of 1,000 if three different materials are arranged periodically in a lattice. This has been revealed in a study by researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU).

Image: Most solar cells are currently silicon based; however, their efficiency is limited. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)

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Shiven Taneja CR Boxes e1663263786481Late last year, Shiven Taneja was a person in search of a solution. His community of Mississauga, in Ontario, was entering its fifth COVID wave and Omicron was a fearsome, fast-spreading variant–yet rapid tests were in short supply and the availability of booster shots severely limited. He wanted a way to reduce risk.

Image: Shiven Taneja is a teenager who builds C-R boxes for the elderly and immunocompromised people. COURTESY OF KAVITA TANEJA

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Carbon capture EV ZEM 1Imagine driving behind a diesel truck spewing clouds of smoke into the air while your new fully electric vehicle cleans up its carbon emissions. This dream may soon be a reality. A team of 35 students from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands has created a Zero Emission Mobility (ZEM) vehicle – a fully electric, battery-powered EV that captures carbon dioxide (CO2) as it drives.

The students were tasked with creating a zero-emission car, but they took it a step further, developing a unique filter that can capture carbon, cleaning the air as it moves.

Image: https://electrek.co

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Rear view of young woman having job interview in o 2022 01 18 23 34 35 utcHiring is hard. When you're a startup - with no track record, scant funds, and less than top-of-line resources and benefits - it's usually a nightmare.

Thus, many startups never make it out of the "solopreneur" stage, a one-person show. There's nothing wrong with that, of course. But if you've got billion-dollar valuation dreams, or heck, even if you just want the slightest chance of an exit at some point, well, I probably won't be the first to tell you that you can't do it alone.

 

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