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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.

Leadership 2022 12 16 14 00 12 utcThe higher road to being a good leader is a courageous journey; it's walking the talk of character and integrity and there are no shortcuts.

Good leaders that choose this journey know they can't succeed without learning from others, especially what it means to serve for the good of others. Leaders learn to become leaders by modeling servant leadership, and they continue to learn in their roles as long as they call themselves a leader.

 

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95ac29 b8a5dd44ff6c4e24b467cef99a692d45 mv2Porsche and international partners working with the Chilean operating company Highly Innovative Fuels (HIF) have started the industrial production of synthetic fuels.

In the presence of Chilean Energy Minister Diego Pardow, the ‘Haru Oni’ pilot plant in Punta Arenas (Chile) was officially opened today with executives and dignitaries performing the ceremonial fuelling of a Porsche 911 with the first synthetic fuel produced at the site. eFuels made from water and carbon dioxide using wind energy enable the nearly CO2-neutral operation of petrol engines.

Image: eFuels made from water and carbon dioxide using wind energy enable the nearly CO2-neutral operation of petrol engines. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)

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Metriport teamYou’d have thought that the quantified self movement was stalling out, but Metriport would like to tell you otherwise, thank-you-very-much. We covered the company back in February, and now it has raised $2.4 million to evolve to the next level.

The company went through Y Combinator, and in the process discovered how fractured the healthcare IT space was.

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Researchers are betting on humble aqueous batteries – with water-based electrolytes – generally regarded as safe, reliable and affordable. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)Lithium-ion batteries, which today power everything from the smartphones we carry in our pockets to the electric vehicles we drive, are projected to capture 80% of the rechargeable battery market in the coming years.

Image: Researchers are betting on humble aqueous batteries – with water-based electrolytes – generally regarded as safe, reliable and affordable. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)

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12 Years of the Most Innovative Countries in the WorldEvery year, the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) scores countries on how innovative their economies are with the Global Innovation Index.

The Index scores countries on indicators of a strong innovation economy. These include R&D spend, general market strength, patent systems and output, and local labor capital. And though a few countries consistently rank high, others are moving in and out of the top 10 rankings.

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Mother with her little daughter near their house w 2022 11 02 02 39 10 utcMIT created a solar cell that is unlike any other. It is made of lightweight fabric solar cells that can swiftly convert any surface into an energy source, according to a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Resilient, Flexible Solar Cells These resilient, flexible solar cells are attached to a sturdy, lightweight fabric and are much thinner than human hair, making them simple to mount on a permanent surface.

They are formed of semiconducting inks utilizing printing techniques that can be scaled up in the future to large-area manufacturing and generate 18 times more power per kilogram than conventional solar panels, as per WEF's report.

 

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Pensive young retoucher using desktop computer and 2022 12 16 16 28 13 utcIt’s the end of the year, and many of us have depleted our resources. We’re in the eleventh hour of 2022, and we’ve spent all our intellectual, emotional and fiscal capital. But there’s no rest for the weary. We have to go shopping, prep for the holiday party and begin 2023 planning.

 

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Renewable energy generation 2022 12 17 03 42 26 utcSummary

  • We expect to see 58 GW growth in the combined wind and solar market in Europe and 32 GW in the US in 2023.
  • Global commercial CCS capacity that is operational or under development is set to grow by 44% this year to 244 million tonnes per annum.
  • Hydrogen is still in its infancy, with most projects being in the development stage rather than the construction phase.
  • Global battery demand for EVs doubled between 2020 and 2021 to roughly 0.3 TWh/year, and we expect that this number will grow to 0.6 TWh/year in 2023.
  • In 2023, we expect metal prices to stay elevated, despite some relief from their highest levels, due to the ongoing war and an uncertain economic environment in China, which dominates the world’s EV battery production.

 

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The protein-based vaccine shows significant promise in preventing rheumatoid arthritis and improving bone quality — suggesting long-term benefits following immunization.  (CREDIT: Creative Commons)Researchers at The University of Toledo have developed an experimental vaccine that shows significant promise in preventing rheumatoid arthritis, a painful autoimmune disease that cannot currently be cured.

Image: The protein-based vaccine shows significant promise in preventing rheumatoid arthritis and improving bone quality — suggesting long-term benefits following immunization. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)

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Global Innovation Index Dec15Since 2000, global investment in research and development (R&D) has tripled to $2.4 trillion.

R&D spend is also casting a wider global net. In 1960, the U.S. made up nearly 70% of global R&D spending, and by 2020 this had fallen to 30%. From job creation and public health to national security and industrial competitiveness, R&D plays a vital role in a country’s economic growth and innovation, impacting nearly every corner of society—either directly or indirectly.

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Dice with numbers 2023 on a blue background 2022 10 08 01 34 17 utcSome people are calling 2022 the year the party ended. Others are calling it the hangover, or even the new normal. What we can all agree on is that 2022 was a year of reckoning for the venture capital (VC) industry.

In the third quarter of 2022, VC funding totaled just $81 billion, according to Crunchbase. That’s 33 percent ($40 billion) less than the previous quarter, and 53 percent ($90 billion) less than in 2021.

 

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Df21070ad9e71153324ff3a5a3fd4bb1TUCSON, AZ and COLLEGE PARK, MD / ACCESSWIRE / December 15, 2022 / Research parks, innovation districts and related entities across the United States should prepare and strategize now to compete for federal funding from the recently enacted CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, according to a new white paper from AURP, the leading nonprofit organization representing research parks and innovation districts.

The white paper, prepared by Brian Darmody, AURP Chief Strategy Officer, showcases a dynamic range of ways organizations and institutions - such as research parks, innovation districts, businesses, universities, federal labs, states, regions and local communities - engaged in science and technology-based economic development can leverage the unprecedented amount of federal grant funding authorized in the CHIPS and Science Act.

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Imagine if you could heat or cool your home just by plucking the desired comfort level out of the air.  (CREDIT: Creative Commons)With energy prices rising rapidly, a new startup could have the answer - technology that harnesses energy from fluctuations in humidity to cool and heat buildings at half the current price.

Imagine if you could heat or cool your home just by plucking the desired comfort level out of the air. Literally.

Image: Imagine if you could heat or cool your home just by plucking the desired comfort level out of the air. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)

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Einstein 1921 by F Schmutzer restorationAfter Albert Einstein graduated from college in 1900 he struggled to find work as a teacher and took a job at the patent office. (Even Einstein had to start somewhere.) He used that job, in time honored dues-paying tradition, to pay the bills while he published four groundbreaking scientific papers and earned his Ph.D. in 2006.

Image: Albert Einstein. (2022, December 15). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein

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Aerial view of zurich 2021 10 26 03 53 05 utcAccording to the Global Innovation Index 2022, Switzerland remains the world leader in innovation for the twelfth consecutive year, followed by the United States, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Analyzing the research, it is easy to notice that investment in innovation activity sharply increased from 2020 to 2021, but prospects for 2022 have been fogged not only by global uncertainty but also by low productivity of innovative solutions.

 

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Asian woman waking up 2022 03 05 22 54 46 utcThe most ideal time for planning, getting organized and starting your day on a high note may be between 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. That's according to the morning rituals of the most successful people on the planet.

Sir Richard Branson, founder and chairman of Virgin Group, wakes up at 5 a.m. and starts his morning routine with exercise to feel energized, refreshed, and ready to conquer the world.

 

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The key to these vaccines appears to be proteins in the pancreatic tumors, called neoantigens, which alert the immune system to keep the cancer at bay. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines may be the hottest thing in science now, as they helped turn the tide against COVID-19. But even before the pandemic began, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center researchers had already been working to use mRNA vaccine technology to treat cancer.

Image: The key to these vaccines appears to be proteins in the pancreatic tumors, called neoantigens, which alert the immune system to keep the cancer at bay. (CREDIT: Creative Commons)

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Iphone 14 pro iphone 14 8709For more than two decades, CNET editors have poked, prodded, tested, retested, taken apart, intentionally dropped and stayed up all night to play with the new products and services that promise to change the way we live and work.

In 2022, our team of experts found 81 products and services in seven categories we believe are worth celebrating – and most important, are worth honoring with a CNET Editors' Choice Award.

Image: Apple's iPhone 14 Pro (right) and Pro Max fit this year's theme: better than last year but not dramatically better. James Martin/CNET

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Female student at library bookshelf reading book 2022 02 02 05 07 31 utcLast year was not short of challenges. Nor will be 2023.

To prepare yourself, check out my annual list of the best business books. Some of them dive into specific issues (e.g. supply chain disruption or labour shortage), some will see the upside of uncertainty (the actual title of one of the books), and all of them are fun to read.

 

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Jackery air w 1Because solar panels are yesterday’s news…

The beauty of wind is that it isn’t really tied to the time of day the way the sun is. You could easily generate wind energy at night as you could in the daytime. The only barrier so far has been the fact that setting up your own wind farm is ridiculously expensive and space-intensive. In comes Jackery’s AIR-W, a portable, lightweight wind energy generator with a folding design that allows it to be as compact and easy to carry as a set of solar panels.

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