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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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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, executives and directors say their organizations are making extensive changes with one overriding goal: to increase the speed at which they adjust strategic direction, make and implement tactical decisions, and deploy resources. What’s more, survey findings indicate that making a special effort to gain speed pays off. Fast organizations outperform others by a wide margin on a range of outcomes, including profitability, operational resilience, organizational health, and growth.

 

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WAYNE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hartford Funds today released new data revealing that investors plan to make investment changes based on the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election. The findings also suggest a generational disparity on both investment decisions and the financial professional/client relationship, as younger investors (ages 18-44) and older investors (ages 45 and up) hold mixed views on which outcome will be better for their portfolios and the importance of political alignment with their financial professionals.

 

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A 2016 decision to link the research labs at the University of Maryland College Park with those at the University of Maryland at Baltimore is paying dividends in the competition for federal COVID-19 research dollars, a top education official told a science advisory panel on Wednesday. 

The decision was a spinoff of the University of Maryland Strategic Partnership Act, said Laurie Ellen Locasio, vice president for research at the two institutions. 

 

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Coronavirus in the U S How Did the Pandemic Get So Bad Time

Forty-five days before the announcement of the first suspected case of what would become known as COVID-19, the Global Health Security Index was published. The project—led by the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security—assessed 195 countries on their perceived ability to handle a major disease outbreak. The U.S. ranked first.

 

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The new sound of work from home office noise playlists MIT Technology Review

Earlier this year, before the pandemic and lockdowns, audio engineer Stéphane Pigeon received an unusual request: would he consider making sounds that replicated the office?

“I said, ‘No, no, no, I will not do it!’” says Pigeon, the creator of myNoise.net, which has become a cult resource among people looking for background noise to help them focus on work. “I thought, ‘That is so confusing. People don’t want to listen to those sounds.’”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Despite challenging economic conditions brought on by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a slim majority of Americans (54%) say they are currently saving at least a little money. Yet in these uncertain times, they largely plan to keep saving rather than spending in the near term.

 

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Why established venture firms should court emerging managers TechCrunch

Typically, institutional investors favor managers who’ve spun out of an established firm over those who’ve broken into venture from outside. Spin-outs are seen as a lower-risk, safer bet.

On the surface, that looks like a tried-and-true tack garnering much attention, appeal and capital. However, there’s an alternative path that deserves a spotlight: Spin-ins by emerging managers who have broken into VC by raising their own funds. The experiences of emerging managers, and even their personality traits, position them to be ready to scale within an established firm.

 

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ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Toshiba and the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) are kicking off the 29th annual Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition, which is now officially open for entries. The ExploraVision program, sponsored by Toshiba and administered by NSTA, challenges students to use problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork to imagine solutions to real-life issues. Participants will have a chance to win a number of prizes, including $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bonds (at maturity). Registration is now open until Feb. 8, 2021 at ExploraVision.org.

 

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Alison Coleman

Redundancy has always been a catalyst for new business startups. Understandably, it can be a devastating personal experience, but it can also be liberating, providing people with the push they need to overcome the fear factor that held them back from pursuing their business ideas while they had the security of full-time employment.

 

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TED Talks began in 1984 as a conference originating in Silicon Valley where powerful voices in Technology, Entertainment, and Design came together to spread potent ideas with broad relevance. Today there are thousands of talks of 18 minutes or less, in more than 100 languages, covering topics ranging from science to global issues. Despite this diversity, all TED talks share a devotion to Ideas Worth Spreading.

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Throughout the world, the decision to reopen university campuses has been a source of fierce controversy. The University of Notre Dame, University of North Carolina and Michigan State University have already been forced to suspend in-person classes following a surge in Covid cases on campus. At the same time, opposing arguments, such as that of Brown University President Christina Paxson, emphasise a host of issues that students and universities will face if campuses remain closed, highlighting the difficulties remote learning presents for less privileged students.

 

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