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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.

train travel

Business travel doesn’t require your plans to be up in the air — in a plane that is. Traveling by train can actually be more economical and comfortable in some situations. But it’s a totally different experience. So if you’re interested in utilizing train travel for your next business trip, check out the tips below first. Traveling by Train for Business Research the Available Routes Amtrak has more than 30 train routes that go to and from various locations in the U.S. And in some cases, there may be more than one way for you to get to a particular location, though some are more direct than others. So take a look at the schedule and routes well before you need to actually travel so you can make the best decision.

 

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The World s Most Innovative Countries 2017 INSEAD Knowledge and The World s Most Innovative Countries 2017 INSEAD Knowledge

Innovation in agriculture is vital. One key to feeding the world is releasing pressure on the use of scarce natural resources through innovation.

Around one in nine people in the world currently suffers from hunger. One in three is malnourished in one form or another. Moreover, global food demand is expected to increase by at least 60 percent by 2050. To nourish a population of 10 billion, innovation in agriculture is imperative. The good news is that historically, agricultural innovation has proven both feasible and incredibly successful. Advances such as pasteurisation, refrigeration, mechanisation and the so-called ‘green revolution’ have boosted the world’s food supply and triggered socio-economic development.

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Our species and technology are at a crossroads. Our amazing human ingenuity has created amazing machines and—for the first time in our species existence—those machines are starting to create other smarter machines at scale. The changes are exponential and combinatorial. It is a phenomenon with which many “non-nerds” are now becoming familiar called Moore’s Law.

 

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entrepreneur

What is the best advice for first-time entrepreneurs? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by David Rogier, CEO + Co-Founder MasterClass, on Quora:

Don't do it. It's the hardest thing I've ever done. You'll cry, lose friends, sleep less, gain weight, lose self confidence, earn less money, and likely fail. If you still want to do it - then it's one of the most amazing things you can do - so get ready. You'll realize how much of an impact you can actually have in the world, meet people you would have never thought of meeting, learn a tremendous amount about everything, feel emotions you never thought you could, and be surprised everyday. Get one great adviser who you share everything business with (no more) and a therapist (for the personal stuff).

 

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A 3-year-old albino dolphin was spotted swimming with its mom in California's Monterey Bay last week, and the little one appears healthy, scientists say.

The crew of a Blue Ocean Whale Watch boat saw the albino Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus) swimming with its mom on June 7 about 3 miles (nearly 5 kilometers) offshore near Moss Landing. They identified it as the same animal that was last seen on Sept. 29, 2015, said Kate Cummings, a naturalist and co-owner of the whale-watching company. Before that, other tour operators had seen the albino animal in Monterey Bay in 2014, when it was a small calf, she said.

Image: This albino Risso's dolphin was spotted near Moss Landing in California on June 7, 2017 by Blue Ocean Whale Watch. Credit: Kate Cummings/Blue Ocean Whale Watch 

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team

A common view about the millennial generation – generally defined as individuals born between 1980 and 2000 – is that they can be difficult to engage and retain as employees. The stereotype suggests that they rapidly hop from one job to another, and companies that hire them grumble about bad attitudes and high employee churn. As with most stereotypes, some data supports this narrative. Analysis from Gallup reveals that 21% of millennials reported changing jobs in the last year, a rate three times higher than the number of non-millennials, costing the U.S. economy $30.5 billion annually.

 

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code

Bored of slaving away at a job you don’t love? Stuck in a career rut? Hating on the man? There’s one easy solution to changing things up: teach yourself how to code.  

As of 2015, there were nearly 7 million job openings in occupations that required coding skills. From software engineering to web development and IT administration, companies in all industries require technical experts to build products, maintain systems, and solve problems.

 

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graduates

The world is full of well-meaning people, and unfortunately, terrible advice. If you are a recent graduate, chances are you’ll be hearing a lot of unsolicited advice. Of course not all of it is terrible; once in awhile there are some useful gems. But in most instances, people give advice based on what they’ve experienced (which might be outdated), or what they think is best for you (which might not actually be).

 

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Mobile phones have transformed our lives over the last 20 years, providing us with not just a critical portable communication tool, but also a pocket-sized personal computer. It's a technical revolution, yet it turns out that we actually could have had mobile phone technology four decades sooner.

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George E.L. Barbee

Every business decision is an effort to create a better future: a future in which your operations are faster, more precise, and more profitable. If you can make that happen, you can sell more products or services, and you may even play a role in easing (or solving) some of humanity’s fundamental problems. Here are two steps you can take today to start thinking about the future more productively.

 

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Wikimedia Commons - Chicago River

The biggest challenge facing many cities in transitioning to the knowledge economy is a shortage of “A” talent, especially true superstars.

All “talent” isn’t created equal. Crude measures such as the percentage of a region with college degrees, or even graduate degrees, don’t fully capture this. It is disproporationately the top performers, the “A” players and superstars that make things happen.

Image: A Chicago River ferry boat passes in front of Trump Tower - John Picken

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