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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.

Question mark 2021 08 26 22 30 01 utcAccording to the 2019 Nobel Prize winner in economics, Daniel Kahneman, all decisions are made with partial information due to the systemic cognitive biases people bring to the decision-making process. However, decisions don't require perfection to be effective. For corporate leaders bearing the pressure to make tough calls, asking the right questions is a systematic approach to gathering information that avoids the pitfalls in pursuit of perfection.

 

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Colleagues having a conversation 2022 09 16 09 10 23 utcI recently asked LinkedIn followers two questions:

  • "If someone has good news and bad news, do you want to hear the good news first, or the bad?"
  • "If you have good news and bad news to share, do you tend to start with the good news, or the bad?"

Oddly enough, most people said they want to hear the bad news first -- even though most people say they tend to share the good news first.

Or maybe not so oddly. A 2013 study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that most people prefer to share the good news first, a news-order delivery approach the researchers call "priming emotion-protection." (Or in non researcher-speak, "This will probably go badly... so I better ease into it."

 

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Buildings making arrow sign plane flying in sky Andriy OnufriyenkoInnovation can be a buzzword associated with anything deemed “new,” yet in the world of travel, this can often apply to simple twists on existing features or slightly modified takes on a popular concept.

Then, there are changes that truly mark a brand-new approach. At this year’s TPG Awards, we took the opportunity to recognize several brands that have done just that over the last year.

Image: https://thepointsguy.com

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Miniature people and toys word with the word domai 2022 12 01 20 12 00 utcThere’s a lot of weird and wonderful uses for AI applications. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen AI powering better marketing emails, more smartly understanding the context of video content, and getting the most from customer feedback. It shows no sign of slowing: OpenAI announced it is pouring $10 million into the ecosystem to accelerate things further. Now, Kirill Zubovsky is taking on the challenge of picking the perfect domain name, with a service he calls Smartynames.com.

 

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Beautiful woman human robot artificial intelligenc 2022 10 06 17 23 06 utcEveryone is talking about ChatGPT, a free, open-source AI tool that allows you to use natural language chat with a friendly robot who will find information for you, write content and more. Some are calling it a Google killer; others say it could bring an end to the student essay.

But what can this tool do in the world of PR?

Writing an article

I asked the chat bot to perform two common tasks. First, I asked it to write an article on a common topic that comes up all the time here on PR Daily: how to pitch the media.

 

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Google brings machine learning to online spreadsheets with Simple ML for Sheets VentureBeatSpreadsheets are widely used by organizations of all sizes for all kinds of basic and complex tasks.

While simple calculations and graphs have long been part of the spreadsheet experience, machine learning (ML) has not. ML is often seen as being too complex to use, while spreadsheet usage is intended to be accessible to any type of user. Google is now trying to change that paradigm for its Google Sheets online spreadsheet program.

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System engineer sitting on desk discussing with mi 2022 02 18 16 54 01 utcToday, the U.S. economy is largely driven by intangible innovations. From content creators on TikTok to the metaverse and artificial intelligence, the value that is being generated by individuals and companies does not exist in a fixed form. Who will end up profiting from it? Those who develop a keen understanding of how to use intellectual property to establish and maintain ownership over what they invent and build have a distinct advantage.

 

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Generative AI e1668186981244Generative AI is among the biggest artificial intelligence (AI) trends in 2022, introducing users around the world to new capabilities such as automated text and image generation.

London-based startup Qatalog is taking a different approach to emerging technology. The company uses Generative AI to help build and enable business collaboration applications. Qatalog emerged from stealth in October 2020 with a goal of helping organizations unify enterprise tools and projects.

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Failure is part of success 2022 11 12 01 40 06 utc"Failure, and How We Can Learn from It"

What prompted the idea for the course?

When I was a high school teacher, I found plenty of joy and fulfillment in my work. But I also felt the sting of failure: from a student who remained disengaged throughout the semester, or even just from a lesson that went off the rails. Now I prepare aspiring K-12 teachers to navigate that messy reality themselves, and I'm struck by how tough it can be for them to develop the resilience necessary to work so hard and yet inevitably fall short of their goals.

 

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Scientists at the UNC School of Medicine have made a significant advance in the promising field of cellular reprogramming and organ regeneration. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)A protein that helps make neurons also works to reprogram scar tissue cells into heart muscle cells, especially in partnership with a second protein, according to a study led by Li Qian, PhD, at the UNC School of Medicine.

Image: Scientists at the UNC School of Medicine have made a significant advance in the promising field of cellular reprogramming and organ regeneration. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)

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Summer walks on the beach exploring marine life an 2022 11 10 10 33 43 utcMarine sanctuaries are supposed to protect ocean life - but what can they do when this life moves away?

As climate change heats the planet’s seas, many marine species are permanently migrating in search of cooler habitats.

These migrants often stray beyond the fixed borders of protected areas, explains Dr Fanny Douvere, head of the UNESCO World Heritage Marine Programme.

 

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Fish underwater 2022 02 01 22 37 52 utcWhen plastic waste breaks down into the smallest fragments, less than 1 micrometer wide—or 1,000 times finer than human hair—it can’t be detected at wastewater treatment plants. But researchers have developed a new material that can capture and remove it before it washes into river or ocean waters and enters the food chain.

 

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Uneole turbine energy thumbnail 1 768x459Solar and wind energy are critical to a clean, climate-friendly future. Many companies and homeowners in recent years have installed solar panels to trap the sun's energy, while wind farms have sprung up on land and sea to harvest powerful gusts. The French startup Unéole has created a unique wind turbine with solar panels to create a silent, innovative, and integrated clean energy system that offers 40% more energy than solar alone.

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Person taking pills 2021 08 29 21 25 40 utcScientists 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.

 

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A representation of a traversable wormhole with quantum information passing through.  (CREDIT: A. Mueller/inqnet)
For the first time, researchers at MIT, Caltech, Harvard University, and elsewhere sent quantum information across a quantum system in what could be understood as traversing a wormhole. Though this experiment didn’t create a disruption of physical space and time in the way we might understand the term “wormhole” from science fiction, calculations from the experiment showed that qubits traveled from one system of entangled particles to another in a model of gravity.

Image: A representation of a traversable wormhole with quantum information passing through. (CREDIT: A. Mueller/inqnet)

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Calendar 2022 10 27 21 07 14 utcA few weeks ago, I interviewed the owner of a Chick-fil-A franchise who had decided to offer his employees a 3-day work week.

Verdict: They loved it, they were more productive and less likely to leave, and when word got out about the program, job applications went through the roof.

I'm glad it worked out for them, but squeezing a full week's worth of work into three days seems a bit extreme. And for that matter, what ever happened to the idea of a four day work week?

 

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