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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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In the early days of managing the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard, experts at the university and those at Esri, the company providing the mapping software for the real-time pandemic tracker, had a friendly rivalry.

"They would tell us, 'Oh, your COVID map is big, but not as big as our Pokémon Go map,' which was their most in demand," says Reina Murray, an application administrator at JHU's Sheridan Libraries.

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has selected 19 small businesses to develop new technologies through grants totaling over $4.4 million in value. The awardees will address various technology needs under phases one and two of the agency's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, NIST said Thursday.

The first phase provides each awardee up to $100,000 for feasibility studies, then the second phase will add up to $400,000 for projects qualified to continue. A third phase would use non-SBIR funds to commercialize the resulting technologies.

 

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Congratulations! You’ve successfully gotten your new business off the ground and made it through the first year. Of course, the hard work isn’t finished. As you approach your second year of being in business, there are new challenges to meet and overcome.

Image: Forbes Coaches Council members give their best advice for entrepreneurs entering their second year in business. PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS.

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Brett Cooper, an Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) member in Atlanta, is the founder of BlueFletch, a leading software development agency focused on helping retailers migrate to modern mobile technology to improve employee and customer experience. We asked Brett and his business partner, Richard Makerson, what they learned from starting a business in the Great Recession of 2008. Here's what they shared.

 

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At the center of our solar system is the sun, a turbulent sphere of incandescent plasma that has burned for the past 4.6 billion years, providing the energy that powers almost every living thing on Earth. The means of creating this energy is relatively simple, but also mind-boggling: Every second, the sun transforms some 600 million tons of hydrogen into helium through a process called nuclear fusion, converting tiny bits of matter into almost unfathomable amounts of energy. 

 

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In a survey conducted by the US Census Bureau during the first part of the Covid-19 pandemic, 24 percent of respondents reported symptoms of major depressive disorder and 30% reported symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder – in some cases double those of a previous survey in 2014.

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It has become quite evident that we will not return the “old” normal and we may not return to any “normal”. Also, the changes can no longer be categorised as “good” or “bad”, as it is incumbent on us to make them “good”.

In the early days of the pandemic, a group of genetic scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, swung into action and converted their lab into a COVID-19 test processing centre. Putting their regular research work on hold, the biologists conducted thousands of tests per day by leveraging automated robotic technology that enabled them to process the swab results of patients in a record 12-24 hours.

 

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A sweeping new report urges significant policy and funding action to ensure the United States does not lose the preeminent position in discovery and innovation it has built since the end of World War II.

"The Perils of Complacency: America at a Tipping Point in Science and Engineering" was released today by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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The marriage between industry, community colleges, and career and technical education is real. However, perhaps now is the time for marital counseling.

Dating back to the groundbreaking Morrill Act of 1862, which formally recognized the role of higher education in preparing citizens for vocations, community-based education has been a staple in America’s history. We educators should remain committed to teaching all students with the mission of advancing our cities, states and nation by preparing citizens to meet the economic development and workforce needs of today and tomorrow.

 

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BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission is proposing to the EU member states to continue flexing state aid rules until the middle of next year to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the pandemic struck, the EU has approved a multi-billion rescue package. Meanwhile, member states have agreed on a 1.8 trillion euro recovery plan and long-term budget for the 2021-2027 period.

 

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When it comes to ranking the top 10 venture capital funds in the U.S., there are many ways to go about it. You can look at it based on assets under management and dry powder or deal flow. You can look at it based on more subjective factors as well. Here’s our list of the top 10 venture capital funds in the U.S. based on a combination of these factors.

 

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