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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.

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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Innovation and collaboration are key to creating a future free of plastic pollution.

Image: UnsplashEight million tonnes of plastic waste leaks into the ocean every year, and urgent action is needed to tackle this problem. Under the ‘business-as-usual’ scenario, the volume of waste entering the environment will increase by three times by 2040.

Image: Innovation and collaboration are key to creating a future free of plastic pollution. Image: Unsplash

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U S Department of Commerce Announces Winners of American Rescue Plan 500 Million Good Jobs Challenge to Expand Employment Opportunities U S Economic Development AdministrationWASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced grant awards to 32 industry-led workforce training partnerships across the country as part of the $500 million Good Jobs Challenge funded by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. The Good Jobs Challenge is administered by the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration and will enable communities across the country to invest in innovative approaches to workforce development that will secure job opportunities for more than 50,000 Americans.

 

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The UniWave 200 has been making reliable, clean energy for Australia's King Island for a year now, delivering better performance than expectedWave Swell EnergyWave Swell Energy's remarkable UniWave 200 is a sea platform that uses an artificial blowhole formation to create air pressure changes that drive a turbine and feed energy back to shore. After a year of testing, the company reports excellent results.

As we've discussed before, the UniWave system is a floatable device that can be towed to any coastal location and connected to the local energy grid. It's designed so that wave swells force water into a specially designed concrete chamber, pressurizing the air in the chamber and forcing it through an outlet valve. Then as the water recedes, it generates a powerful vacuum, which sucks air in through a turbine at the top and generates electricity that's fed into the grid via a cable.

Image: The UniWave 200 has been making reliable, clean energy for Australia's King Island for a year now, delivering better performance than expectedWave Swell Energy

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95ac29 bf5cbb132aec46528a48f87f1f266876 mv2By harvesting water vapor from the air and condensing it into liquid, atmospheric water generators can essentially pull water from the air, and these devices hold a lot of promise for providing an independent source of drinking water.

And although drought-stricken regions and locations without safe or stable water sources are prime candidates for water production and purification devices such as those, residences and commercial buildings in the developed world could also benefit from their use, and they make a great fit for off-grid homes and emergency preparedness kits.

Image: Solar-powered water extractor. (CREDIT: SOURCE.CO)

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95ac29 1bd39b8fb5ed478aa70edeb91dea7b37 mv2Global Air Cylinder Wheels (GACW), an Arizona-based startup, has literally reinvented the wheel. They developed a new type of wheel that ditches the need for pollutive rubber tires.

Many companies have tried to create new tire solutions, such as Tesla possibly moving toward airless tires on its Model 3, but none have succeeded so far.

Image: Air suspension wheels for mining trucks and wheel loader. (CREDIT: GACW)

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