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Sundar pichaiParents, picture this: Your child has just taken a test they've been studying for. Do you usually wait for good test results before you take them out for ice cream?

Leaders, picture this: An employee has been working long hours on a report. Do you usually wait to see its final quality before you recognize their effort?

If you answered yes to either of these, you may need to rethink your strategy.

Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundar_Pichai

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Elon Musk Royal Society crop2 jpgLast week, Elon Musk shared a post on Twitter from author William MacAskill, who announced the release of his new book, What We Owe the Future. Along
with the retweet was Musk's comment, "Worth reading. This is a close match for my philosophy." The philosophy he's referring to is what drives him, motivates his pursuits, and is at the core of his decisions.

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Iris scanner man using biometrics to unlock a door 2022 02 01 22 38 20 utcWithin the last decade, the terms artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have become buzzwords that are often used interchangeably. While AI and ML are inextricably linked and share similar characteristics, they are not the same thing. Rather, ML is a major subset of AI.

AI and ML technologies are all around us, from the digital voice assistants in our living rooms to the recommendations you see on Netflix.

 

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A view of the Rhone Glacier covered in blankets above Gletsch near the Furkapass in Switzerland, 13 July 2022. The Alps oldest glacier is protected by special white blankets to prevent it from melting. (EPA-EFE/URS FLUEELER)The Alps’ glaciers are on track for their highest mass losses in at least 60 years of record keeping, as temperatures in the Alps are warming at around 0.3C per decade — around twice as fast as the global average.

From the way 45-year-old Swiss glaciologist Andreas Linsbauer bounds over icy crevasses, you would never guess he was carrying 10 kg of steel equipment needed to chart the decline of Switzerland’s glaciers.

Image: A view of the Rhone Glacier covered in blankets above Gletsch near the Furkapass in Switzerland, 13 July 2022. The Alps oldest glacier is protected by special white blankets to prevent it from melting. (EPA-EFE/URS FLUEELER)

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It keeps me as organized as an entrepreneur should 2022 02 02 03 56 38 utcJust like aspiring artists, musicians and actors, there’s no shortage of hopefuls who imagine themselves as born entrepreneurs. The problem is that both tend to imagine the throngs of adoring fans (or customers) throwing money at their feet before considering the work, grit and determination that are required for success.

 

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Time is money 2021 08 26 22 59 00 utcSpur Capital Partners, an investor in venture capital funds, is out to raise $200 million for its seventh core fund. So far, it has secured nearly $74 million to bet on early-stage VCs, per a securities filing.

Who or what is Spur betting on, exactly? Over the years, the investor claims it has indirectly backed dozens of high-flying tech and life science firms at the early stage, including hostelier Airbnb and weapons maker Anduril. But Spur did not respond when asked for the names of the VC firms in its portfolio.

 

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The idea of Pepper Content germinated in a dormitory of BITS, Pilani. The story of the founders was similar to that of average Indian teenagers who wanted to pursue engineering.

The founders realized a shared passion for content. It was clear that for brands, smartphones and the Internet had changed the principles of customer engagement and experience principles. More than 700 million Internet users, businesses included, were accessing and consuming different forms of content daily. However, access to quality content was not as easy.

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All good work requires self revelation shot of a 2022 01 11 14 56 21 utcMore CEOs and heads of HR are coming to the full realization that a thriving work culture drives engagement, innovation, and high performance.

Yet culture doesn't just happen. It takes strong, visionary leaders to create an environment to empower tribes to reach their potential.

Here's what they frequently give to their employees, which most managers often don't:

 

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09 90776356 this ingenious kit brings solar power to individual apartmentsIf you live in an apartment, you probably don’t have solar power. You obviously don’t own your building’s roof, and since tenants typically pay their own electric bills, property owners wouldn’t get the cost-saving incentive that comes with installing solar panels.

While it’s possible for renters to subscribe to community solar projects to offset their energy use, a startup in Berlin has a different approach. The company, We Do Solar, has a small kit of eight photovoltaic panels that tenants can attach to a balcony to begin powering their devices directly. The founders wanted to “make solar power into something accessible, a product that anyone can use, no matter whether they rent or own their place of residence,” says cofounder and CEO Karolina Attspodina.

Image: Karolina Attspodina (Photo: We Do Solar)

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A cluster of galaxies including Earendel, the most distant star known in the universe, captured by the James Webb Space Telescope NASA/ESA/CSA/STScIIN A RECENT STUDY submitted to MNRAS, a collaborative research team utilized the first set of data from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), discovering a galaxy candidate, CEERS-93316, that formed approximately 250 million years after the Bing Bang, which also set a new redshift record of z = 16.7. This finding is extremely intriguing as it demonstrates the power of JWST, which only started sending back its first set of data a few weeks ago. CEERS stood for Cosmic Evolution Early Release Science Survey and was specifically created for imaging with JWST.

Image: © NASA/ESA/CSA/STScI A cluster of galaxies including Earendel, the most distant star known in the universe, captured by the James Webb Space Telescope NASA/ESA/CSA/STScI

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A compound in the venom called melittin could destroy breast cancer cells within an hour.  (CREDIT: Creative Commons)The cancer community is buzzing over a new study that says venom from bees can kill cancer cells.

Scientists at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Western Australia tested venom from more than 300 honeybees and bumblebees against two types of aggressive, hard to treat breast cancer: triple negative and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) enriched. They found that a compound in the venom called melittin could destroy breast cancer cells within an hour, without causing harm to other cells.

Image: A compound in the venom called melittin could destroy breast cancer cells within an hour. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)

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Money 2021 09 04 10 11 45 utcVenture capital investment set showstopping records in 2021. Data from the PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor shows venture capitalists invested $341.5 billion in U.S. companies—more than double the 2020 amount, which was also a record year for VC.

U.S. startup investing is primarily concentrated in 10 regions. ScOp analyzed PitchBook data to look further into trends in VC investing across those areas over the first half, or H1, of 2022 and the years leading up to it. These 10 regions are combined statistical areas as defined by the Census Bureau, with the exception of Greater Austin (which is a metropolitan statistical area).

 

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