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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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A report recently released by Brookings says Pennsylvania’s innovation economy has gone stagnant, especially outside of hubs like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

The report blames a few factors, such as diminished investment by state government in early-stage companies and below-average R&D expenditures by Pennsylvania-based companies, and goes on to argue that to boost its innovation sector performance, Pennsylvania should borrow economic development strategies from competing states.

Image: U.S. Route 1 in Chester County. (Photo by Flickr user Adam Moss, used via a Creative Commons license)

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International students bailed out public universities during the recession that began in 2008, their tuition helping fill the budgetary hole left by state funding cuts.

But as another downturn looms, colleges won’t be able to rely on students from...

Image: Imaginechina via AP Images Visitors in Beijing crowd into the U.S. exhibition area during the China Education Expo 2012, when times were better for international education in the United States.

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It was a year ago that our country lost one of its most well-known and respected mavericks in recent political history. After John McCain passed away, many felt that his death left a void that would be hard to fill and wondered whether nonconformist leaders like him, who usually worry more about what’s right than about what’s popular, still exist. The McCain Institute for International Leadership even launched a nonpartisan campaign called #MavericksNeeded, reminding us all of the need to uphold principles of freedom and democracy, encourage moral reasoning, and bring progress.

 

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About 8.8 million tons of plastic accumulate in the oceans each year, but only about 270,000 tons are believed to be floating on the surface.

For years, most scientists have thought that the "missing" plastic quickly degrades after entering the ocean, breaking apart into microplastics — tiny fragments less than 5 millimeters long — then falling to the bottom of the ocean.

Image: A plastic item floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Ocean Cleanup

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Many young professionals have high ambitions for their career. They want monetary reward, recognition, and a challenging career path; they also want to make a meaningful contribution, through their work, to improving the world at large. Even if they begin in a purely operational or transactional role, over time they see examples of people who have seized opportunities at a broader scale, and they want to do the same. They want to become strategic leaders.

Image: Photograph by Hero Images

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Hidden beneath the Fram Strait, a passage that separates Greenland and Svalbard, lies the deepest point in the Arctic Ocean, where the seafloor plunges some 18,209 feet (5,550 meters) down. And now, explorer Victor Vescovo has become the first person to ever reach it. 

The diving feat also makes him the first person to dive to the deepest part of all the world's oceans.

Image: On Aug. 24, explorer Victor Vescovo dove to the deepest part of the Arctic Ocean.(Image: © Five Deeps Expedition/Discovery Channel) 

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Jeffrey was the CEO of a hedge fund, and he was upset about some poor trades that Tom, one of his portfolio managers, made. He called Tom into his office. (This is a real example with real people, but I’ve changed their names.)

 

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It’s the first time scientists have made this discovery for a planet whose distance from its star means it could theoretically have liquid water on its surface.

Astronomers have detected evidence of water on a potentially habitable planet outside our solar system for the first time.

The findings show that planet K2-18b, which orbits a red dwarf star 110 light-years from Earth and was already thought to be potentially habitable, has water vapor within its atmosphere.

Image: https://www.technologyreview.com

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Recent research shows that The Netherlands will face a shortage of 54,000 IT employees by 2020. It is for this reason that the Epicenter and School of Applied Technology also known as < /salt> has launched a career-program for programmers with track-record in diversity. This program was launched right in time of opening the Epicenter in Amsterdam.

Image: https://siliconcanals.com

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It’s just after 7 in the morning in the Pakistani city of Jacobabad, and donkey-cart driver Ahsan Khosoo is already drenched in sweat. For the past two hours, the 24-year-old laborer has been hauling jugs of drinking water to local residences. When the water invariably spills from the blue jerricans, it hits the pavement with an audible hiss and turns to steam. It’s hot, he agrees, but that’s not an excuse to stop. The heat will only increase as the day wears on, and what choice does he have? “Even if it were so hot as if the land were on fire, we would keep working.” He pauses to douse his head with a bucket of water.

 

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University of Maryland researchers have discovered that seemingly identical cells can use different protein molecules to carry out the same function in an important cellular process. The scientists named this newly discovered variability "functional mosaicism," and it has significant implications for the development of therapeutic treatments, which are often designed to target a specific molecule, or a gene that produces a specific molecule.

Image: Snusha Ravikumar/University of Maryland

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