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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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Evan Savage, one of the organizers of Saturday’s March for Science in Toronto, looks at what’s happening south of the border in the U.S. and is reminded of what Canadian scientists faced under the previous Stephen Harper government, specifically cuts to science funding and the alleged muzzling of government scientists.

“We’ve seen this playbook before,” Savage said, “this playbook of, let’s go after the people who work on the environment, who work on climate, who work on science in general. Let’s cut their funding; let’s tell them they can’t speak. And we have also seen that it can work to raise our voices as scientists, to stand up and say, ‘This is not OK.’”

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Would-be angel investors often have many questions about getting into the world of investing in start-up companies. One of their most common questions is what stage in the development of start-ups – idea, pre-seed, seed, Series A, Series B, Series C and so on – should they invest.

Best Stage for Angels to Invest

Recently I asked this question of several experienced start-up investors: John Ason, Dave Lambert, Bill Payne, David S. Rose, and Eric Ver Ploeg. Collectively, these experts explained that angels should invest at the pre-seed stage.

 

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Deloitte's annual Tech Trends report identifies the critical developments that are likely to disrupt UK and global businesses in the next 18 to 24 months.

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A few weeks ago entrepreneur Valer Pop, CEO of LifeSense Group told his startup story to us at the High Tech Campus. After having a successfull career at Holst Centre, Valer decided to start his business with just a small idea: solving unwanted urine loss. He was working on this idea at Holst Centre, but after meeting co-founder Julia Veldhuijzen, Valer and she decided to start up their own business and create specialized medical underwear to help 400 million women worldwide.

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When meeting an investor for the first time, entrepreneurs face a lot of pressure to make a favorable impression quickly. In many cases, this tends to make people talk too much in an attempt to appear confident, knowledgeable and articulate.

It also makes them forget to ask questions and qualify the investor’s interest and fit.

 

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If you thought your thoughts were safe, think again: social media giant Facebook has confirmed it is developing technology to read your mind and send what's inside directly through the internet.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced during the company's F8 developer conference in San Jose this week that it is working on a "direct brain interface" that will allow users to communicate "using only your mind".

 

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People on the autism spectrum are getting the support and skills they need to break into the tech industry. And it's all thanks to a new program for autistic people, by autistic people.

A new startup called Coding Autism, which launched earlier this month, is developing a school in Los Angeles to teach autistic people coding, web development, and software engineering skills. 

 

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Giant icebergs are a big tourist draw in Newfoundland and a warning sign

A record warm Arctic winter has spawned a tourism boom in a tiny Canadian town.

Sightseers and selfie-snappers are flocking to Ferryland, Newfoundland, to watch enormous icebergs drift off the Southern Shore. 

The town of 500 residents has seen bumper-to-bumper traffic in recent days. Its two lone restaurants would theoretically be packed — that is, if they opened before late May, when the tourism season normally begins, CBC reported.

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Longevity Biking and Walking to Work Help You Live Longer Time com

For most people, getting to and from work is more of a chore than an opportunity. But scientists say that people who use their daily commute to squeeze in some physical activity may reap considerable rewards for their health. In a study published in The BMJ, a group of researchers in the UK analyzed information from more than 260,000 people in a database spanning England, Wales and Scotland. The researchers looked at how the people got to and from work every day—whether by bike, walking, public transit or some combination—and matched up their answers with heart events, cancer and deaths over five years.

 

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As a child, Chris Wayne grew up watching his father tend to his 40-acre farm on the outskirts of Danbury, Connecticut. While his dad ran maple syrup lines from their trees and rotated chrysanthemums and tomatoes, Wayne picked rocks and dug holes for fence posts, and took the occasional ride on a tractor. This was the early 1990s, though, and back then, Wayne tells Fast Company, the idea of “agriculture as a sexy, cool occupation had not taken hold yet”; Agricultural dating site Farmers Only wouldn’t come on the scene until 2005.

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An Ivy League education is often thought to be a ticket to future successes. The most recent admissions numbers — with acceptance rates in the single digits — shows just how sought after a degree from their campuses can be.

So what do undergraduates at the eight Ivy League schools like to study? Turns out, it's surprisingly similar no matter which school they attend.

 

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