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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.

NanoScaleNanoScale is a private U.S. Corporation dedicated to the marketing, manufacturing and commercialization of nanotechnology products. In the past they’ve worked with clients in the government, the US army, the civilian population and scientific researchers. Not only do they develop nano-materials, but they also write and publish numerous nanoscience papers. Based out of Kansas State University, this corporation is world-renowned for their decontamination and environmental remediation solutions, in particular.

Over the past 14 years, NanoScale Corporation has been recognized as the leading nanotechnology company in America. Since 1995, their company has won more than 10 SBIR Bridge Awards and two KTEC Applied Research Matching Funds awards given out by the Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation. KTEC explained, “NanoScale synthesizes reactive nano-particles, which are composed of tiny clusters of atoms that have unusual chemical and physical properties. These nano-particles aggressively interact with and break up other molecules. The potential for commercial applications includes detoxification of hazardous chemicals, odor control, air and water filtration, drug delivery, improving sun protection and skin care products, protection systems for microchips, and more. The total market size for nanotechnology products and services, as projected by various U. S. industry associations, will be $1 trillion annually in 10 to 15 years.”
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TrafficGeographic Compatibility:

In the early 1990’s, traffic in Los Angeles was so horrendous, it could take hours to travel a dozen miles. Commuting was a nightmare and the last thing anyone wanted to do was sit in more traffic. At that time, single people would always have that elemental question in the back of their minds whenever they met a prospective date – are we Geographically Compatible (GC)?

The sweet spot:

I recall many a magical conversation ending with that mutual inevitable shrug of the shoulders; a secret code for “have a nice life”. In Los Angeles, GC peaked in the sweet spot of 1-6 miles. After that, GC diminished roughly proportional to the square of distance with 20 miles as an absolute maximum. Any more was no closer or farther than, say, Nashville.
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Fox BusinessIn the 2009 economic climate, as angels and venture capitalists tightened their grip on the rope, companies seeking funding found themselves playing by a new set of rules. So what’s the state of the playing field today, and what can entrepreneurs expect from investors in the coming year?

Karen Bantuveris entered the spring of 2009 hopeful that her company VolunteerSpot would receive the $450K in seed funding that would take it to the next level. But when the Texas-based startup actually did receive a bite from a local angel group, it decided to decline, and instead to create and go with a plan B.

“We were offered a Series A (the name typically given to a company's first significant round of venture funding) in the spring. Their terms were not acceptable to us. They wanted a lot of control for not enough money,” she said.
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The news that New Hampshire’s population has eclipsed Maine’s for the first time since the census of 1800 is much more than a statistical footnote. It is definitive evidence of a powerful economic trend linked to geography. Those who care about the fate of the northern two-thirds of Maine would do well to consider its implications.

Both states are in the 1.3 million range, but according to new census estimates, the Granite State has 6,274 more people than the Pine Tree State; New Hampshire gained 89,000 new residents since 2000, while Maine saw just 43,000 newcomers.

State policymakers make little fuss over Maine’s lack of population growth when they decry the challenges the economy faces. Yet population growth is critical.
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Citing a family member’s health problems, Ioanna T. Morfessis, the state’s new economic development chief, has abruptly resigned, less than a month before she was set to take over.

“This is the most difficult decision I have ever been confronted with from a professional standpoint,” Morfessis said by telephone late Wednesday. “When my family and I connected over the holidays, we learned new information that was unknown to us and a decision had to be made. This is one of those moments in life when your train gets totally stopped in its tracks.”
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genomewebNEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A paper published this past summer providing evidence that the gene variants found in some non-cancerous tissues may differ from those present in blood samples from the same individual was the top-read story on GenomeWeb Daily News in 2009.

That article just edged out a report early in the year that the National Institutes of Health would channel stimulus funds into existing grants rather than restoring previous cuts to existing programs and grants.
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vizbizUrban Escapism & Neo Rebellion
People are getting tired of saving the world and about negative news about the climate, terror,.. Games, 3D Technologies, Space Flight, iPhone & Apps, Outdoor activities and everything else which is interactive and entertaining is going to boom

Terror, Alternative Energy & China
This is what you already hear in news.
* This is going to be the century of China.
* Alternative energy will displace the old energy sources.
* Apocalyptic scenarios are very in and increasing the fear in people. So far unthinkable techniques (data security) will be accepted.

Information everywhere through mobile devices
Creative Capitalism
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Happy New Year!

Innovation America wishes you a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and most importantly an INNOVATIVE New Year!

As we look forward to a New Year , it is also important to reflect on some of the highlights of 2009 that we can build on. Today's innovation DAILY is a special issue that features the most popular articles from  (iD) in 2009. We thank you for your loyal following and hope that you will continue to enjoy our focus on Global trends on Innovation in the new year. We welcome any comments or suggestions you might have to improve our content and hope you share our newsletter with your friends and networks.

Keep Innovating in 2010.

Rich Bendis

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Washington PostIf you step back and look at the big economic policy issues-- health care, financial regulation, immigration, education reform, the budget deficit -- they appear to boil down to one fundamental question: What is the best trade-off between fairness, stability and social cohesion on the one hand and disruptive and growth-inducing innovation on the other?

At its most simplistic level, this debate plays itself out as the choice between big government and small government, between regulation and deregulation, between European-style socialism and Anglo-American free-market capitalism. The one side takes its intellectual roots from Adam Smith, Karl Marx, John Maynard Keynes and the recently departed Paul Samuelson, the other from Adam Smith, Friedrich von Hayek, Joseph Schumpeter and Milton Friedman.
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Paul SloanPeople will not follow an unenthusiastic leader. They will follow someone who has a vision and is passionate about it. Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela showed great passion for what they believed – it was what made them great leaders.

The sales training expert Robin Fielder says, ‘Never, ever forget that people are more persuaded by your convictions than by your arguments.’
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GartnerAs 2009 draws to a close, it’s a good time to review what has transpired and anticipate the year ahead. We humans seem to place particular significance in years that end in “0” which is why the advent of 2010 feels a little special. Or maybe we are anxious to leave behind some of the more tiresome issues that have occupied our attention and get on to some shiny new topics.

The economic challenges of the recent past have rekindled interest in innovation. I’m hoping that the work companies have done this year to increase their capacity to innovate will “stick.” For those brave folks, I’d like to share a list of 10 Innovation Proverbs for Leaders written by Joyce Wycoff, author and InnovationNetwork Co-Founder.
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Silicon Valley InsiderWhen designers start a new Web site, they often sketch out a first idea of the page layout using paper and stencil.

Designers call this sketch a "wireframe."

Woorkup.com's Antonio Lupetti collected 10 beautiful examples of wireframes.
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