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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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As Pittsburgh makes strides in tech sectors like robotics, autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence, some are wondering what the city’s next big horizon might be. Word on the street at recent events is that it could be life sciences. A recent public offering from a local biopharmaceutical company as well as expertise from healthcare systems like UPMC or the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has some tech industry leaders convinced that there’s strong potential for Pittsburgh to become a life sciences hub. But to get there, existing startups need to grow and attract the high investments that clinical trial work requires.

 

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For nearly six hours on Monday, the world experienced a forced break from Facebook's social networking tools.

We lived to tell the tale. But how did we feel in the process?

Although relatively short, the Facebook outage showed "how reliant we are on social media in different ways to distract ourselves, to escape, to connect, to cope with anxiety and stress," according to Ian Kerner, a marriage and family therapist.

When people can't scroll and post as they usually do, Kerner said they can become bored and vulnerable to difficult emotions and stressors -- sometimes without knowing how to cope with them.

 

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Next week we observe Columbus Day. Say what you will about the man’s skills as an explorer—even after four trips to the New World, he died believing he’d discovered a new route to Asia—or his mixed record dealing with Native peoples, one thing we can all agree on is that Christopher Columbus was a gifted pitchman and entrepreneur.

 

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The event will bring together leading South West technology companies, innovators, entrepreneurs and investors to see innovation in action, meet and collaborate

The talent and economic importance of the region’s technology sector will be showcased at the South West Innovation Expo this October.

Andrew Dean, University of Exeter, said: “The pandemic has confirmed that technology is shaping the future for every type of business. When we look ahead to the global challenges facing us all we can see that new technology and innovation offers solutions and a way forward.

Image: The event will bring together leading South West technology companies, innovators, entrepreneurs and investors to see innovation in action, meet and collaborate - https://www.business-live.co.uk

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The University of Nebraska (NU) Innovation Hub is seeking proposals that will help University of Nebraska students, faculty and staff launch transformative experiences that enhance teaching, learning, research, and the student experience via technology; Oct. 15.

The University of Nebraska (NU) Innovation Hub, a collaborative effort sponsored by NU ITS and the NU Office of Digital Education, aims to help NU students, faculty and staff launch transformative experiences that enhance teaching, learning, research, and the student experience via technology. Additionally, the Hub provides a vehicle by which members of the NU community can view the portfolio of pilots and innovative initiatives we are championing, as well as offering a streamlined process for additional partners to find out how to take part in a current project.

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The ongoing Covid-19 outbreak is indeed very stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about the disease is often overwhelming and can cause strong emotions. The primary cause of stress is associated with uncertainties about one’s own health and the health of the loved ones. This can often cause depression and anxiety among patients and frontline health care providers. Health workers are working under extreme psychological stress due to their additional workload, fear of getting infected, and periodic isolation from their families and friends.

 

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As you know, quantum computing is a type of computation that harnesses the collective properties of quantum states, such as superposition, interference, and entanglement, to perform calculations. To discuss the future of quantum computing there are some workshops and conferences taking place in 2021 that every person should attend.

Here are the top ten quantum computing workshops and conferences:

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Early in his career, professor Maarten Steinbuch was invited to speak at a conference in Norway and told he would be paid for it. This presented him with a dilemma. He could give the money to his department – which felt a bit like adding a drop to the ocean – or keep it himself to spend how he saw fit. If he were to do that, however, Steinbuch felt he should also pay for his own expenses and attend the conference in his own time rather than that of his boss. He decided to resign his position for one day in the week and on that day earn his own money.

 

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The BioHealth Capital Region Forum offered many insights into the state of the industry, but the most prevalent theme was certainly big data. Panelists and keynote speakers across multiple events spoke about the importance of data in the biohealth and life sciences industry and how artificial intelligence will help the sector innovate.

Keynote speaker Chris Monroe, co-founder and chief scientist at IonQ, discussed how biotech experts can use quantum mechanics and quantum computers to solve problems within the healthcare industry. Monroe is a faculty member at Duke University and the University of Maryland and studies how Q-bits and quantum computers can help optimize complex problems.

 

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When people talk about higher education, they often limit their discussion to four-year institutions and traditional 18- to-22-year-old college students. But that focus ignores a large part of the story: the expansive and crucial role played by community colleges, especially in educating nontraditional students. To give some sense of their reach, there are more than 1,000 community colleges around the country, and together they enroll more than 40 percent of all undergraduates. Many of those students are ones who are often not as well served by four-year institutions, including adult learners, those from low-income families, single parents, first-generation students, and veterans.

 

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Self-driving supermarkets and autonomous electric taxis capable of slashing emissions in New York are some of the innovations driving the driverless revolution.

The issue of safety is the recurring question though, but thanks to new research it will now be possible for automated vehicles to tap into the way our brains work to predict when someone is likely to step out from the kerbside in busy traffic.

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Innovation is a struggle for many corporations. As we struggle to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, McKinsey & Co. reports that only 21% of surveyed executives say they have the “expertise, resources and commitment” to achieve new growth in the next 12 months.

Traditionally, companies have relied on their corporate development teams to run their innovation mandate. This team examines potential candidates for merger and acquisition (M&A) deals to bring new businesses into the corporation. However, completing an M&A requires an immense amount of time and energy.

 

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