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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.

The protein-based vaccine shows significant promise in preventing rheumatoid arthritis and improving bone quality — suggesting long-term benefits following immunization.  (CREDIT: Creative Commons)Researchers at The University of Toledo have developed an experimental vaccine that shows significant promise in preventing rheumatoid arthritis, a painful autoimmune disease that cannot currently be cured.

Image: The protein-based vaccine shows significant promise in preventing rheumatoid arthritis and improving bone quality — suggesting long-term benefits following immunization. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)

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Global Innovation Index Dec15Since 2000, global investment in research and development (R&D) has tripled to $2.4 trillion.

R&D spend is also casting a wider global net. In 1960, the U.S. made up nearly 70% of global R&D spending, and by 2020 this had fallen to 30%. From job creation and public health to national security and industrial competitiveness, R&D plays a vital role in a country’s economic growth and innovation, impacting nearly every corner of society—either directly or indirectly.

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Dice with numbers 2023 on a blue background 2022 10 08 01 34 17 utcSome people are calling 2022 the year the party ended. Others are calling it the hangover, or even the new normal. What we can all agree on is that 2022 was a year of reckoning for the venture capital (VC) industry.

In the third quarter of 2022, VC funding totaled just $81 billion, according to Crunchbase. That’s 33 percent ($40 billion) less than the previous quarter, and 53 percent ($90 billion) less than in 2021.

 

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Df21070ad9e71153324ff3a5a3fd4bb1TUCSON, AZ and COLLEGE PARK, MD / ACCESSWIRE / December 15, 2022 / Research parks, innovation districts and related entities across the United States should prepare and strategize now to compete for federal funding from the recently enacted CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, according to a new white paper from AURP, the leading nonprofit organization representing research parks and innovation districts.

The white paper, prepared by Brian Darmody, AURP Chief Strategy Officer, showcases a dynamic range of ways organizations and institutions - such as research parks, innovation districts, businesses, universities, federal labs, states, regions and local communities - engaged in science and technology-based economic development can leverage the unprecedented amount of federal grant funding authorized in the CHIPS and Science Act.

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Imagine if you could heat or cool your home just by plucking the desired comfort level out of the air.  (CREDIT: Creative Commons)With energy prices rising rapidly, a new startup could have the answer - technology that harnesses energy from fluctuations in humidity to cool and heat buildings at half the current price.

Imagine if you could heat or cool your home just by plucking the desired comfort level out of the air. Literally.

Image: Imagine if you could heat or cool your home just by plucking the desired comfort level out of the air. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)

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Einstein 1921 by F Schmutzer restorationAfter Albert Einstein graduated from college in 1900 he struggled to find work as a teacher and took a job at the patent office. (Even Einstein had to start somewhere.) He used that job, in time honored dues-paying tradition, to pay the bills while he published four groundbreaking scientific papers and earned his Ph.D. in 2006.

Image: Albert Einstein. (2022, December 15). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein

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Aerial view of zurich 2021 10 26 03 53 05 utcAccording to the Global Innovation Index 2022, Switzerland remains the world leader in innovation for the twelfth consecutive year, followed by the United States, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Analyzing the research, it is easy to notice that investment in innovation activity sharply increased from 2020 to 2021, but prospects for 2022 have been fogged not only by global uncertainty but also by low productivity of innovative solutions.

 

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Asian woman waking up 2022 03 05 22 54 46 utcThe most ideal time for planning, getting organized and starting your day on a high note may be between 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. That's according to the morning rituals of the most successful people on the planet.

Sir Richard Branson, founder and chairman of Virgin Group, wakes up at 5 a.m. and starts his morning routine with exercise to feel energized, refreshed, and ready to conquer the world.

 

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The key to these vaccines appears to be proteins in the pancreatic tumors, called neoantigens, which alert the immune system to keep the cancer at bay. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines may be the hottest thing in science now, as they helped turn the tide against COVID-19. But even before the pandemic began, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center researchers had already been working to use mRNA vaccine technology to treat cancer.

Image: The key to these vaccines appears to be proteins in the pancreatic tumors, called neoantigens, which alert the immune system to keep the cancer at bay. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)

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Iphone 14 pro iphone 14 8709For more than two decades, CNET editors have poked, prodded, tested, retested, taken apart, intentionally dropped and stayed up all night to play with the new products and services that promise to change the way we live and work.

In 2022, our team of experts found 81 products and services in seven categories we believe are worth celebrating – and most important, are worth honoring with a CNET Editors' Choice Award.

Image: Apple's iPhone 14 Pro (right) and Pro Max fit this year's theme: better than last year but not dramatically better. James Martin/CNET

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Female student at library bookshelf reading book 2022 02 02 05 07 31 utcLast year was not short of challenges. Nor will be 2023.

To prepare yourself, check out my annual list of the best business books. Some of them dive into specific issues (e.g. supply chain disruption or labour shortage), some will see the upside of uncertainty (the actual title of one of the books), and all of them are fun to read.

 

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Jackery air w 1Because solar panels are yesterday’s news…

The beauty of wind is that it isn’t really tied to the time of day the way the sun is. You could easily generate wind energy at night as you could in the daytime. The only barrier so far has been the fact that setting up your own wind farm is ridiculously expensive and space-intensive. In comes Jackery’s AIR-W, a portable, lightweight wind energy generator with a folding design that allows it to be as compact and easy to carry as a set of solar panels.

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Smoking a cigarette 2022 11 14 02 31 48 utcNew Zealand will phase in a near-total tobacco ban from next year.

Legislation passed by parliament on Tuesday means that anyone born after 2008 will never be able to buy cigarettes or tobacco products.

It will mean the number of people able to buy tobacco will shrink each year. By 2050, for example, 40-year-olds will be too young to buy cigarettes.

Health Minister Ayesha Verrall, who introduced the bill, said it was a step "towards a smoke-free future".

 

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image of coronavirusAs the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, newer variants of SARS-CoV-2 have been evolving ways to evade the antibodies our bodies make in response to vaccination or prior infections. Breakthrough cases have resulted, and antibody treatments that once worked also have become less effective over time.

Image: Scientists have been searching for an antibody that would be broadly neutralizing — able to fight off any viral variant that might emerge. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)

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Blocks connected by lines form a hierarchical pyra 2022 11 09 06 32 04 utcBeing able to delegate tasks and projects to others on your team is a crucial skill to have as a business owner. Not only does it help free up your time to do more high-value tasks, it also empowers those on your team to really shine in their role and take on more responsibility in your absence. It allows you to work toward the ultimate goal of having an owner-independent business. And while delegation sounds easy enough, there are plenty of pitfalls along the way that can make it difficult to properly hand over tasks in an efficient manner. So today I want to share with you some delegation mistakes that I see business owners make and how you can prevent them in your own business.

 

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Batteries 2021 08 26 17 13 15 utcYour electronics could soon be powered by an ultra cheap sea salt battery.

Researchers have built a new cheap battery with four times the energy storage capacity of lithium.

Constructed from sodium-sulphur - a type of molten salt that can be processed from sea water - the battery is low-cost and more environmentally friendly than existing options.

It could be a ‘breakthrough’ for renewable energy, according to lead researcher Dr Shenlong Zhao, from the University of Sydney.

 

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Cute image about procrastination and a catAs easily as the Cambridge dictionary defines procrastination as “the act of delaying something that must be done, often because it is unpleasant or boring”, I bet one who deals with it would agree that it is definitely not that easy to handle. If you can quite start to feel a lump in your throat reading this, congratulations! you are precisely the person who needs to read this. Though we know you are just reading this while procrastinating a work of priority, hail there. This might be a motive for you to kill your procrastinating habit and get going. And this read would definitely be more productive than your random search instincts like finding out if your headache indicates a brain tumor.

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Livall pikaboostKickstarter has a ton of different projects out there that are unfinished, unreliable, or simply uninspired. So, when you find a project that has already reached its goal 40 times over with weeks still to go, you know you’ve found something special.

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People gesturing to an Echo deviceAmazon just announced a trio of new features for Echo Show users, with gesture controls topping the list.

In other words, you can now perform physical gestures in front of the screen, and the integrated camera translates these gestures into in-device adjustments. Just raise your hand to activate or dismiss a timer, so you won’t have to physically tap the device or yell “stop” at poor, misunderstood Alexa.

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Idea 2021 08 26 18 51 38 utcTheir mission: Solve a problem. Change the world!

Article content These brilliant young innovators are doing just that. From a breakthrough treatment for prostate cancer, an artificial intelligence system that identifies heart disease, a revolutionary technology to clean up dangerous toxins, and a novel machine that turns plastic bottles into 3D printer filament – these game-changing achievements are putting Canada on the global innovation map.

 

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