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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.

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We increasingly see the world and much of its innovation through the lens of cities not countries, but there is little clarity around where the true innovation hotspots of today, let alone tomorrow, are to be found. While there is general agreement around which are the most innovative countries, the lack of consensus around the criteria used to identify an innovative city has produced multiple views and varied answers. If we want to understand more about the approaches that are the most effective in leading locations, we must decide on the best way to assess which cities are the most innovative.


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I CAN attest that it’s not just our inner city suburbs that are crawling with budding entrepreneurs and the new tech wunderkind.

Who knew?

I certainly didn’t, but making the move to Wagga Wagga I have seen first-hand that genuine innovation is alive and thriving in our regions.

As one of the newest members of Wagga Wagga’s business community, it is easy to see the drive for innovation and creating solutions through technology that will overcome challenges and create opportunities.


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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — The numbers continue to climb for North Carolina’s life science sector, bringing new companies, high-paying jobs and opportunity statewide.

We now have over 650 life science companies statewide that directly employ 63,000 people and account for 260,000 jobs overall, counting suppliers and support businesses. Life science companies provide $2.2 billion in state and local tax revenues.

(WRAL TechWire reported on the initial findings contained in the report on Feb. 28)

Roll it all up, and North Carolina’s life science sector creates $86 billion in total economic impact.


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THE WOODLANDS, Texas—More than a decade after the International Astronomical Union (IAU) voted to officially reclassify Pluto as a “dwarf planet,” scientists and the public are still hotly debating the decision. Some staunch supporters of Pluto’s full-fledged planethood are renewing calls for the IAU to reverse Pluto’s demotion. Their opponents insist the decision should stand.

Image: Composite of enhanced color images of Pluto (lower right) and Charon (upper left), as viewed by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft as it passed through the Pluto system on July 14, 2015. Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

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Wouldn’t it be nice if your job search started and stopped with the company you’re already interning for? Sometimes, it happens. If there’s a role available, and the position and company are a good fit, you could find yourself sitting behind the same desk you’re at now after graduation.

But while the internship-to-job track is no guarantee, those hours spent getting professional experience can help you find gainful employment.


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There has been a lot written about the impact of next-generation transportation technologies over the past year. From concerns over driverless trucks during the election to debates over regulation and policies, this booming growth area of technology is becoming unstoppable.

We recently sat down with Elliot Katz of DLA Piper, an attorney in the firm’s Connected and Self-Driving Car practice, to talk about the impact of this new technology. Elliot is also a mentor in the new transportation program at Comet Labs, a VC fund and startup lab focused on AI and robotics


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Remember back when “VUCA” (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) only really applied to companies? Those were the days, huh? Lately, with geopolitical discord abroad, political tensions here at home in the U.S., and all manner of policy shifts that could impact U.S. businesses, plenty of entrepreneurs may be wishing for steadier leadership. I know I am.


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Something about March brings out all the best rivalries . . . and we’re not talking about the basketball teams for Duke and North Carolina. No, we mean business rivals like Steve Jobs and Michael Dell, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey or even Mr. Monopoly vs. Scrooge McDuck.

While the NCAA is in the process of crowning a national champion, we want to know who you think is the world's greatest entrepreneur.


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LONDON — Sam Altman, the president of Silicon Valley startup incubator Y Combinator, said in an on-stage interview on Monday that he sees the future of the human race as a "merge" with machines, not a conflict with them.

Altman, who spoke at the event hosted by Mosaic Ventures in East London, said that "if you have the AIs (artificial intelligence) and the humans and they're both trying to enslave the other, and they both want the same thing ... that's a recipe for conflict every time."


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America has long led the world in innovation and technological advancement.  American ingenuity has launched industries, created jobs, and improved quality of life at home and abroad.  To ensure that America remains the global innovation leader, I hereby direct the Senior Advisor to the President to head an office in the White House dedicated to American innovation.  This office will bring together the best ideas from Government, the private sector, and other thought leaders to ensure that America is ready to solve today's most intractable problems, and is positioned to meet tomorrow's challenges and opportunities.  The office will focus on implementing policies and scaling proven private-sector models to spur job creation and innovation.


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ReadWrite sat down recently with Robinson Hernandez, Executive Director of the Urban Tech Hub at Grand Central Tech — an innovative workspace dedicated to smart cities technologies — to get his thoughts on the role of startups in government and how they can successfully navigate working with the public sector.

ReadWrite: Tell us about yourself, your background, and your current role at Grand Central Tech (GCT).


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