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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.

Daylight Savings 7 Ways Time Change Can Impact Your Health Time com

We lost an hour of sleep Sunday morning when we set our clocks ahead to “spring forward.” And while we'll gain an extra hour of daylight in the evenings, we'll lose it in the morning—waking up, and maybe even heading off to work or school, before the sun comes up. An hour may not seem like a lot, but the time shift can have significant effects on the body, says Dr. Sandhya Kumar, assistant professor of neurology and medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina.

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One of the key objectives of the corporate innovation function is to build and manage the innovation funnel of ideas that will eventually become Horizon 2 & Horizon 3 products. How do you measure success of corporate innovation especially when your organization’s planning process is extremely outcome-based, and most ideas are not going to move forward by design? McKinsey’s “3 Horizons of Growth” model states that each horizon calls for different success metrics. Mature products (Horizon 1) are measured with profit, margins, and costs. Growth products (Horizon 2) are measured with market share growth. Incubation products (Horizon 3) are measured by reaching certain milestones.

 

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Switzerland may be the best country in the world (or so says U.S. News & World Report), but there is plenty of happiness to be found here in the USA—and particularly in Florida, according to the latest data from Gallup-Healthways.  For the second year in a row, Naples and the nearby communities of Immokalee and Marco Island have ranked first in their “American well-being” Index, A. Pawlowski reports for Today.

Image: The beach at Naples, Florida. (Massimo Catarinella/Wikimedia Commons) 

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At University of California Berkeley researchers have developed an innovative new way of delivering vaccines that may one day be an option over scary, and slightly painful, needle injections. The MucoJet device is a pill that, when pushed against the cheek, releases its cargo in the form of a microjet. The pressure generated is enough to push large molecules through the mucosal layer and into tissue that’s usually highly concentrated with immune cells.

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IReykjavik Iceland celand is credited for being the first country in the world to legalize abortion and the first to elect a woman as head of state in a national election. Now the progressive island nation in northern Europe will also be the first to ensure that all employees receive equal pay for equal work from employers. On Wednesday—fittingly, International Women's Day—Iceland's government announced it would soon introduce legislation requiring that employers with at least 25 workers obtain a certificate proving they offer equal pay regardless of the gender, ethnicity, sexuality, or nationality, the Associated Press reported.

 

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Getting stuff done and being more productive as a small business owner doesn’t have to be complicated. And when a change requires little effort, it’s easier to stick with than one that requires a lot of preparation or special tools. In fact, you’ll find that some of these productivity-boosters are simple enough to try as soon as you’re finished reading this, and their effectiveness is backed by science. So here are seven simple tricks to becoming more productive – starting now.

 

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Strange things have been happening in the news lately. Already this year, members of US President Donald Trump's administration have alluded to a 'Bowling Green massacre' and terror attacks in Sweden and Atlanta, Georgia, that never happened.

The misinformation was swiftly corrected, but some historical myths have proved difficult to erase. Since at least 2010, for example, an online community has shared the apparently unshakeable recollection of Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 1980s, despite the fact that he lived until 2013, leaving prison in 1990 and going on to serve as South Africa's first black president.

 

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Advice abounds on the best ways to manage your startup board, but it’s becoming clearer and clearer that who you choose to be on your board is just as important as how you leverage them.

Selecting and including an independent director or two, even when you’re still small, can boost your startup’s success and help guide your company to greatness. We’ve collected five recommendations to help CEOs/founders as they build their startup board.

 

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Robb Willer How to have better political conversations TED Talk TED com

Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social psychologist, he researches how moral values — typically a source of division — can also be used to bring people together. Willer shares compelling insights on how we might bridge the ideological divide and offers some intuitive advice on ways to be more persuasive when talking politics.

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Scott Gottlieb, a former deputy commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the agency, according to an emailed statement from the White House.

Gottlieb, 44, served in several senior positions at the FDA during the George W. Bush administration. He has talked extensively about how to lower the cost of prescription drugs by modernizing the agency’s approval process and speeding cheaper generic competitors to market.

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March is a special time of year for college basketball fans, and it can be a headache for professors vying for students’ attention as the season reaches its peak. But what if faculty members could harness the excitement of March Madness and channel it into a learning device?

Image: Brooke Scelza - Katie Hinde, an associate professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State U., created the 64-bracket contest that simulates mammals going head-to-head in combat against each other.

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Drug Cost Facts Straightforward Answers to Your Questions

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today launched DrugCostFacts.org, a new interactive web tool designed to help healthcare stakeholders gain a better understanding of the true facts surrounding drug costs, spending and value.

The site features a series of commonly asked questions—ranging from “Why are some drugs expensive?” to “What role do PBMs, insurance companies and wholesalers play in determining what patients pay for their drugs?”—and then answers these questions using infographics, videos and interactive tools.

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