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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.

Data shows significant increase in funding activities over the last five years as Singapore's innovation and start-up ecosystem continues to grow. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONGSINGAPORE - Investments in start-ups have grown exponentially, with ventures in Singapore raising more than $14.7 billion in 2021.

It comes amid data which shows a significant increase in funding activities over the last five years as the Republic's innovation and start-up ecosystem continues to grow.

Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG) on Wednesday said investments in start-ups grew by more than 45 per cent per annum between 2017 and 2021, with venture funding within the first half of 2022 alone reaching $8.18 billion.

Image: Data shows significant increase in funding activities over the last five years as Singapore's innovation and start-up ecosystem continues to grow. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

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Tim CookWhy it matters: Do you have aspirations of working for the most valuable company in the world? With its $2.35 trillion market cap, Apple offers plenty of employee benefits, but getting on the payroll isn't easy. According to boss Tim Cook, there are four qualities Cupertino looks for in its potential hires.

Speaking at the University of Naples Federico II in Italy (via Fortune), Cook emphasized how important it is that incoming Apple staff care about the world, as he believes this brings out the best work in people.

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95ac29 ec0df4f052594c5392093edf5ffe51c9 mv2A team of University of Arkansas physicists has successfully developed a circuit capable of capturing graphene's thermal motion and converting it into an electrical current.

“An energy-harvesting circuit based on graphene could be incorporated into a chip to provide clean, limitless, low-voltage power for small devices or sensors,” said Paul Thibado, professor of physics and lead researcher in the discovery.

Image: Paul Thibado, professor of physics, with sample energy-harvesting chips under development. (CREDIT: University of Arkansas)

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1664811301 SmallBizTechImageWhat does it mean to democratize access to information and open channels to a global network of investors? Modern money is no longer buffered by fortress walls but in constant motion and actively seeking investment opportunities with doors wide open...if only you can find it. Entrepreneurs are no longer working out of makeshift garage spaces, but moving in sync with the new cadres of digital nomads, opening themselves up to broader exposure and more chance interactions than ever before. Decentralization is the buzzword on everyone's mind. Is it the key for those who will go on to master the Web3 revolution?

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Cursor and Molecule Building Innovators Win 2022 Chemistry Nobel Prize Quanta MagazineCarolyn Bertozzi, Morten Meldal and K. Barry Sharpless have been awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry. Click chemistry revolutionized the options available to chemists for creating the molecules they desired. Bioorthogonal chemistry made it possible to monitor the chemical processes going on inside living cells without harming them.

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MiReculePartnership combines miRecule’s unique RNA therapeutic discovery and conjugation platforms with Sanofi’s NANOBODY® technology to create a groundbreaking treatment for FSHD miRecule will receive an upfront payment with potential future milestone payments of nearly $400 million, in addition to tiered royalties Collaboration marks the first licensing transaction leveraging miRecule’s proprietary DREAmiR™ discovery platform, validating foundational science, and bolstering commitment to further expansion of the company’s RNA therapeutic pipeline October 04, 2022 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time GAITHERSBURG, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--miRecule, Inc., an innovator of next-generation RNA therapeutics, today announced a strategic collaboration and exclusive license agreement with Sanofi to develop and commercialize a best-in-class antibody-RNA conjugate (ARC) for the treatment of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). The collaboration marks miRecule’s first licensing transaction leveraging its proprietary DREAmiR platform.

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Miniature white airplane on a pink background 2022 08 19 02 13 33 utcLast year, engineers at Purdue University used their expertise in materials science to produce the world’s whitest paint, with an ability to reflect around 98% of incoming sunlight and therefore holds great potential when it comes to energy efficiency for buildings. The team has now made some tweaks to the recipe and produced a version that is thinner and lighter, which they say is ideal for use on cars, trains and planes.

 

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Creative idea or innovation concept 2021 08 30 05 58 22 utcWhile Winston Churchill was famously supposed to have remarked that we should never waste a crisis, the reality is that during recessions, firms often tighten their belts and reduce the amount they invest in innovation.

Of course, Churchill's dictum rests on the way in which crises can prompt us to reassess that which we had previously taken for granted and look for new ways of doing things. Research from Kellogg explores whether that is really the case or not.

 

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One day, protecting our cells from aging may be as easy as taking a pill.  (CREDIT: Creative Commons)
Scientists may never find the elixir of life, but they are finding new ways to extend our life spans. One day, protecting our cells from aging may be as easy as taking a pill. Mayo Clinic researchers say senolytic drugs can boost a key protein in the body that may protect older people against aspects of aging and a range of diseases. Their findings, which are published in eBioMedicine demonstrate this in mice and human studies.

Image: One day, protecting our cells from aging may be as easy as taking a pill. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)

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Solar panel 2021 08 29 17 09 25 utcNow might be the time to get solar panels on your roof. After the Inflation Reduction Act boosted the solar investment tax credit to 30 percent, going solar may be easier for some. On the other hand, recent inflation might make it harder. Either way, you'll want to make sure you do your homework before buying solar panels for your rooftop.

 

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95ac29 16978a21b258464c84a47bd30bf5d3b3 mv2Northwestern University researchers have developed a new injectable therapy that harnesses “dancing molecules” to reverse paralysis and repair tissue after severe spinal cord injuries.

In a new study, researchers administered a single injection to tissues surrounding the spinal cords of paralyzed mice. Just four weeks later, the animals regained the ability to walk.

Image: Researchers have developed a new injectable therapy that harnesses “dancing molecules” to reverse paralysis and repair tissue after severe spinal cord injuries. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)

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