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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.

biotech

As a CHILD, Susan Hockfield took apart anything she got her hands on to figure out how it worked. One time it was a watch, another time her mother’s iron. Her interest in the anatomy of the physical world grew over time: She pursued a career in neurobiology, and went on to teach at Yale University, where she eventually became provost. In 2005 she became the first female president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — and its first biologist-president.

 

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The U.S. government invests a significant amount of money to further research and technology innovation. In 2017, the federal government invested approximately $150 billion in R&D— about one-third at the 17 federal laboratories across the country and two-thirds at universities and private sector R&D institutions, according to government reports. This represents about one-third of all U.S. R&D spending.

Image: Walter G. Copan, PhD Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), - https://www.rdmag.com

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hearing aids

If you have difficulty hearing, it can be tricky to make out a single speaker in a noisy room. A system that amplifies the voice you want to listen to could help.

Imagine you’re trying to have a catch-up with your best friend in the middle of a noisy pub. Despite the distracting background noise, you are able to filter out the hubbub and can still hear all your friend’s best gossip. This so-called “cocktail-party effect” comes naturally to many of us, but for people who use hearing aids, coping with irrelevant noises is difficult and deeply frustrating.

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For the 16 years that Dr. Brian Westerberg, a Canadian surgeon, worked volunteer missions at the Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, scarcity was the norm. The patients usually exceeded the 1,500 allotted beds. Running water was once cut off when the debt-ridden hospital was unable to pay its bills. On some of his early trips, Westerberg even brought over drugs from Canada in order to treat patients. But as low-cost generics made in India and China became widely available through Uganda’s government and international aid agencies in the early 2000s, it seemed at first like the supply issue had been solved.

 

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man on the moon

Trump wants NASA to go back to the moon NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on President Trump’s push to send American astronauts to the moon. NASA Opens a New Window. announced this week that it would be awarding $106 million to small businesses in the U.S. as part of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Jim Reuter, the acting associate administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, said in a Tuesday statement Opens a New Window. that small businesses are helping NASA reach its goal.

 

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MIT

MIT Solve — an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — is known for advancing lasting solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address some of the world’s most pressing problems. Every year, Solve issues four Global Challenges to find most promise Solver teams in order to drive transformational change. Then Solve deploys its global community of private, public, and nonprofit partners to collaborate with the Solver teams to help scale their impact.

 

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Although North Dakota’s per capita gross domestic product (GDP) has declined since 2013, the energy boom in earlier years gave the state the fastest increase over the past 10- and 20-year periods, according to an SSTI analysis of recently updated state GDP data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Beyond North Dakota, the 10 years from 2008 to 2018 benefitted per capita GDP in states with a prominent knowledge economy, led by New York, California, Washington and Massachusetts.

 

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To be successful as an entrepreneur, you don’t have to be a fabulous person, but it helps. Some people, and some entrepreneurs, have that something extra that you can’t quite put your finger on, like Ryan Seacrest is searching for on American Idol. But the entrepreneurs that have it, including Elon Musk and Richard Branson, seem to be able to effortlessly get team members, investors, and customers to follow them anywhere.

Image: Elon Musk via Flickr by TED Conference  

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When I started my business in the late 1960s, it never occurred to me that, even at age 18, I couldn’t be an entrepreneur. Even very early in my career, bankers—that is, real people greeting me at a brick-and-mortar location—took the time to help me and lend me capital after spending time with me and trusting my business plans. But today, despite the fact that entrepreneurship is more popular and praised than ever, according to the Kauffman Foundation, the number of new start-ups in the United States is approximately half of what it was 30 years ago. According to the World Bank, the U.S. currently ranks 53rd in terms of ease of starting a new business.

Image: Banks Photograph by Ameen Fahmy

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10 Surprising Ways 3D Printing Is Being Used Now

“Turning disabilities into superpowers” is the defining vision of UK-based Open Bionics. Their mission is to create “affordable, assistive devices that enhance the human body.”

RELATED: 7 INDUSTRIES IN 2019 THAT ARE CURRENTLY BEING DISRUPTED BY 3D PRINTING

Their first product was  the Hero Arm, which they describe as “the world's first medically certified 3D-printed bionic arm, with multi-grip functionality and empowering aesthetics.”  It is “a lightweight and affordable myoelectric prosthesis.” 

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