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Question mark gd16f8d084 640 pngWhat's in a brand? The entire visual and narrative identity of your business, to start. When you founded your business, you had a clear idea and plan in mind — a void in your industry to fill, a problem to solve. The very thing that drove you to go out on your own and begin anew is the very first building block in your brand identity. A brand is so much more than a logo and a name. It's a look, a feel and a story that will connect your target audience to your mission and values. Building an authentic brand that can evolve with your company correlates directly to the consistent growth of your business.


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Multiple sclerosis (MS), a progressive disease that affects 2.8 million people worldwide and for which there is no definitive cure.  (CREDIT: Creative Commons)Multiple sclerosis (MS), a progressive disease that affects 2.8 million people worldwide and for which there is no definitive cure, is likely caused by infection with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), according to a study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers.

“The hypothesis that EBV causes MS has been investigated by our group and others for several years, but this is the first study providing compelling evidence of causality,” said Alberto Ascherio, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard Chan School and senior author of the study. “This is a big step because it suggests that most MS cases could be prevented by stopping EBV infection, and that targeting EBV could lead to the discovery of a cure for MS.”

Image: Multiple sclerosis (MS), a progressive disease that affects 2.8 million people worldwide and for which there is no definitive cure. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)

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0 6Hussain Almossawi' new book titled: 'The Innovator's Handbook’ is out.. To explain somehow what is the book is about — "It often has a lot to do with the way the corporate world is set-up. In many cases, it rewards the outspoken over the quiet ones, and allows egos and politics to get in the way of celebrating great ideas. This eventually pushes a lot of people to take the back seat and play it safe."

The book is coming out on September 6, make sure to order here.


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Eyes on the Solar System 1 640x353NASA released an impressive desktop app some years back called “NASA’s Eyes Visualization,” which allowed you to check out the solar system, along with all the spacecraft exploring it. But who installs programs anymore? It graduated to the web recently, and now it has an updated interface and tools. Simply head to the “Eyes on the Solar System” site on your device of choice, and start exploring.

The main interface of the new site is simply the orbits of the planets, color-coded with highlights to show you their current positions. The layout is accurate for the current time, but you can use either buttons or the slider at the bottom to speed up or reverse time. It goes as high or as low as three years per second. You have to figure this revamp was supposed to coincide with NASA’s Artemis program, but that’s taking a bit longer than expected to get off the ground.


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Concrete 2022 08 01 04 00 35 utcHumans produce more concrete than any other material on the planet. It is the literal foundation of modern civilization – and for good reason.

Concrete is strong, durable, affordable and available to almost every community on the planet. However, the global concrete industry has a dirty little secret – it alone is responsible for more than 8% of global carbon dioxide emissions – more than three times the emissions associated with aviation. Those emissions doubled in the past two decades as Asian cities grew, and demand is continuing to expand at an unprecedented rate.


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TDedric Carter, chairman of the Missouri Technology Corp.
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITYhe Missouri Technology Corp. (MTC) is pursuing new initiatives to boost startups statewide, including a $95 million capital program for small businesses, exploring a first-of-its-kind financing model for entrepreneurs and creating an internship program to connect more young people with upstart companies.

Those are a few of the items outlined in a blueprint unveiled last week by MTC, part of state government, as it seeks to elevate entrepreneurship in Missouri. Created by the Missouri General Assembly, MTC is a public-private partnership designed to promote entrepreneurship and provide investment to startups and entrepreneur support organizations.

Image: Dedric Carter, chairman of the Missouri Technology Corp. WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

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Cursor and How waves could power a clean energy futureThe ocean’s waves are immensely powerful. Harnessing that energy for grid-scale electricity production would be a major boon to the clean energy industry, but building durable, powerful, and cost-effective wave energy converters has proven difficult. Now though, an influx of federal funding is helping many U.S. companies gear up to test their latest wave energy technologies, giving many in the industry hope that wave power will see massive growth over the next few decades.

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Happy black businessman having video chat using d 2022 01 05 02 25 57 utcA recent study published in Journal of Happiness Studies shows happy people perform better. Yep: Employee happiness and well-being accurately predicts performance. (Hi, Captain Obvious!)

But knowing something works doesn't always mean knowing how to actually do it.

So how can you actually make people you work with -- and while you're at it, your family and friends -- happier? Here are five simple ways.


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960x0With the global sports tech industry estimated to surpass $40 billion by 2026, Amsterdam-based digital venture capital platform Venturerock today launched its $75 million sports tech venture investment company (VIC).

The VIC, which includes athlete investors including former Dutch soccer player Mark van Bommel and former New York Jets cornerback Bryson Keeton, utilizes a 72-step, four-phase program where investing is based on startups hitting key performance indicators (KPIs) and milestones.

Image: Bob van Oosterhout (left) and Danny Cortenraede are spearheading Venturerock's $75 million sports tech venture investment company. - COURTESY OF ROBERT VERBOON

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Scientist working at the laboratory 2022 01 12 04 37 56 utcGlioblastoma is one of the most aggressive types of brain cancer known to man. For many, the chance of survival is often low. However, a new type of brain tumor therapy could help change things for the better. The therapy, which relies on destroying the “power source” of the cancer, has shown considerable success in mice. The scientists are hopeful it will work the same in humans.


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Steve Jobs Headshot 2010 CROP cropped 2The original iPhone went on sale June 29, 2007 for $499 for a 4GB model, and $599 for an 8GB version. Just a little over two months later, on September 5, Apple dropped the 4GB model and lowered the price on the 8GB iPhone by $200--which, if you were holding out to buy one during the holidays, was a great deal. If, however, you were one of the people who bought one when it was released, it was a smack in the face.


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