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El Salvador Plans on Harnessing Volcanic Energy to Mine Bitcoin

El Salvador Plans on Harnessing Volcanic Energy to Mine Bitcoin | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

On June 9, El Salvador became the first country in the world to accept Bitcoin as legal tender and that it would do so within 90 days. Per the new law, if a business has the technological means needed to carry out cryptocurrency transactions, it has to do so. The move hopes to improve the country's financial development, and help about 2 million Salvadoreans living abroad make easier transactions with the 6.4 million living in the country — something that is commonplace. Moreover, Bukele made the point that nearly 70 percent of the population doesn't have access to traditional financial institutions, so a shift towards cryptocurrency would facilitate the lives of more than half the nation's people.

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Appel à Manifestations d'intérêt visant à affilier au CNRST des experts en transfert de technologie et innovation

Appel à Manifestations d'intérêt visant à affilier au CNRST des experts en transfert de technologie et innovation | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

L’objectif de cet appel est de sélectionner des projets ayant atteint un certain niveau de maturité et présentant un potentiel marché afin de les accompagner dans le processus de transfert technologique et d’innovation, et de mettre en place des outils et des mécanismes efficaces et opérationnels pour faciliter le transfert vers le secteur industriel et le marché de façon général, des résultats de recherche et des technologies développées au sein des institutions de recherche marocaines.

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Commitment To Innovation Leads To 2.4x More Profit

Commitment To Innovation Leads To 2.4x More Profit | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

In times of financial hardship, companies react differently. While some press "pause” when it comes to innovation, others press “play”. A survey by McKinsey among 200 organizations across a variety of industries shows that 90% of executives expect that the current Corona crisis will fundamentally change their business over the next 5 years. However, only 23% put innovation as their number 1 or 2 priority compared to 55% pre-crisis. The survey shows that the majority of companies are thus putting a halt to their innovation effort and instead shift focus on short-term issues. Pressing “pause” reflects an underlying belief that innovation is not a business-critical activity. This could prove fatal on their performance in the long run.

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The 9 Secrets to Bringing Ideas to Life

The 9 Secrets to Bringing Ideas to Life | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

Will joined us for Innov8rs Connect Unconference 2021 to share the nine secrets that enable some of the biggest companies in the world to not only empower employees and listen to their ideas, but bring the best ones to life. Here's the recording of his session.

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Innovation Both Is & Is Not Everyone’s Job

Innovation Both Is & Is Not Everyone’s Job | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

Is ‘innovation’ everyone’s job – as so many claim it is? Or is it not everyone’s job – as the counterargument goes? The reality is not quite so simple. Dive in as we examine the three cases of significance here – two in which innovation is everyone’s job, and one in which it isn’t.

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Some think that ‘innovation is everyone’s job’ because we have to bring the entire organization into the grand practice of innovation and engage them in finding new opportunities to pursue, and innovative new solutions for those opportunities. Point taken.

Others think that ‘innovation is not everyone’s job’ because the vast majority of organizations are already so busy trying to run their day-to-day operations that there’s very little time, energy, and interest left over for pursuing any real ‘innovation’. Point taken.

Unfortunately, both are gross oversimplifications.

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World’s first 3D gradient-index (GRIN) microfabrication method

World’s first 3D gradient-index (GRIN) microfabrication method | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it
Model of a Luneburg lens (left) and measured fluorescence intensity scan of the printed version (right). Nanoscribe customers impressively demonstrated how 3D printing enables the fabrication of gradient index materials. Image: C. R. Ocier and C. A. Richards, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
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Tiny particles power chemical reactions

Tiny particles power chemical reactions | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

“This mechanism is new, and this way of generating energy is completely new,” says Michael Strano, the Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT. “This technology is intriguing because all you have to do is flow a solvent through a bed of these particles. This allows you to do electrochemistry, but with no wires.”

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The Great Moon Hoax: The Birth of Fake News?

The Great Moon Hoax: The Birth of Fake News? | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

In 1835, The Great Moon Hoax convinced people around the world that the Moon wasn't a barren wasteland but actually a rich landscape full of ruby caverns and towering amethyst crystals, populated by intelligent humanoid bat-people, two-legged badgers, and unicorns. While this seems ridiculous in hindsight, at the time, everyone from Ivy League students to middle-class professionals were roped in by the six-part series in The New York Sun newspaper. Claiming to be a supplement to a serious scientific journal in Scotland, the series played on the era's excitement over a steady stream of revolutionary scientific discoveries, and an increasingly literate audience hungry to be "in the know."

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Alien Contact Could ‘End All Life on Earth,’ Warns Physicist

Alien Contact Could ‘End All Life on Earth,’ Warns Physicist | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

A new opinion piece from former Nature Editor Mark Buchanan warns that humans should steer away from alien contact at this point in our evolution. "Chances are," he begins in The Washington Post op-ed, "we should all be grateful that we don't yet have any evidence of contact with alien civilizations. Attempting to communicate with extraterrestrials, if they do exist, could be extremely dangerous for us," added Buchanan.

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Bitcoin Just Got Its First Upgrade in Four Years, But Why?

Bitcoin Just Got Its First Upgrade in Four Years, But Why? | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

The first bitcoin makeover in four years called Taproot has just been approved by miners around the world, according to CNBC. The upgrade will take effect in November and will ensure greater transaction privacy and efficiency. More importantly, it will unlock smart contracts, a feature of its blockchain technology that eliminates middlemen from transactions, and make the feature more compact, potentially more private, and in some cases a bit more flexible. The upgrade also combines the Schnorr signature scheme with MAST (Merklized Alternative Script Tree) and a new scripting language called Tapscript. Many cryptographers consider the Schnorr signature scheme to be the best in the field. This is because its mathematical properties offer a strong level of correctness and it is fast to verify.

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Here’s why you need to have more bad idea

Here’s why you need to have more bad idea | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

Instead of saying, “I’m stuck, I can’t come up with anything good,” it’s far more effective to say, “I’ve finished this, and now I need to make it better.” Or possibly “I finished this, and it can’t be made better, but now I’m ready to do the new thing, because look at all I’ve learned.”
This is the story of every human innovation.

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Particles Switch Between Matter and Antimatter

Particles Switch Between Matter and Antimatter | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

The discovery, based on its tiny measurements, has potentially enormous implications. The Standard Model of particle physics states that the Big Bang should have produced equal amounts of matter and antimatter. This, in theory, means that both states should have collided and annihilated each other. Instead, matter dominates today over antimatter, in a scientific mystery known as matter-antimatter asymmetry.

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Founders, these mistakes will kill your startup

Founders, these mistakes will kill your startup | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

Founders, your job isn’t just to build a great business. If you’ve decided to take VC financing, your job is also to create an attractive investment opportunity. This is where we see so many early-stage founders make mistakes. They wrongly take investors for sharks, however the most egregious mistakes we see are made by those founders who have a limited understanding of equity fundraising and valuations.
While innocent, these mistakes can have a huge knock-on effect and potentially mean the death of your company.

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Neobank's newest threat: Meet the fintechs luring in Gen Z

Neobank's newest threat: Meet the fintechs luring in Gen Z | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

While neobanks and their shiny metal cards have proven popular with millennials, it’s a different game entirely with Gen Z, according to Nafeesa Jafferjee, who cofounded Quirk — a new financial-advisor app for youngsters.

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Trottinettes électriques: Lime va faire payer la fourrière aux usagers mal stationnés

Trottinettes électriques: Lime va faire payer la fourrière aux usagers mal stationnés | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

À Paris, une amende pour un engin mal garé s'élève à 35 euros plus 49 euros de mise en fourrière. À ces 84 euros s'ajoutent 10 euros de plus par jour. Jusqu'à présent, l'entreprise prenait à sa charge le règlement de l'amende. Lime a d'ailleurs récemment réglé la somme de 295 000 euros à la fourrière «afin de récupérer l'intégralité de ses trottinettes électriques», précise le communiqué.

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Pasqal raises €25m to build 1000-qubit quantum processor

Pasqal raises €25m to build 1000-qubit quantum processor | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it
The French startup is aiming for the big league of quantum computing with promises of a 1000-qubit machine by 2023. A 1,000-qubit computer is generally thought to be what is needed to achieve “quantum supremacy”, the point at which quantum computers have a clear advantage over classical machines.
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Trottinettes : l'un des deux opérateurs, à Lyon, se félicite d'une fréquentation record en septembre

Trottinettes : l'un des deux opérateurs, à Lyon, se félicite d'une fréquentation record en septembre | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

Depuis le 1er septembre, à Lyon, seules les deux entreprises Dott et Tier peuvent déployer 2 000 trottinettes chacune à Lyon. Dott se félicite de la fréquentation "record" de ses trottinettes en septembre.

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DNA of an Innovative Business: Is It Yours?

DNA of an Innovative Business: Is It Yours? | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

Innovation is not owned by the R&D department: it is important not to hand over all the innovation space to internal or external experts. Avoid the situation where the technical team throws new products at the marketing team without any prior interaction and the latter does the same with the sales team. Therefore, it is no surprise that the product fails to meet the performance objectives and disappoints the different teams! Innovations are not the sole preserve of patent engineers. Keep in mind that the number of patents a company has is not enough to qualify it as innovative.

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En Italie, cet artiste a vendu une œuvre invisible près de 15 000 €

En Italie, cet artiste a vendu une œuvre invisible près de 15 000 € | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

Quoi qu’il en soit, cette actualité créative fait évidemment sourire sur les réseaux sociaux et montre encore une fois la particularité de l’art contemporain qui ne semble décidément par avoir de limite.

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Visiblement très philosophe l’artiste justifie son idée en expliquant que “le vide n’est rien d’autre qu’un espace plein d’énergie et même si nous le vidons et qu’il ne reste plus rien, selon le principe d’incertitude de Heisenberg, ce rien a un poids”.

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New Study Reveals Too Many Wind Turbines Decrease Wind Power

New Study Reveals Too Many Wind Turbines Decrease Wind Power | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

Wind power is increasingly becoming a revered source of energy with wind farms popping up all over the world. But, if you want to get the most out of your wind farm, you may not want to have too many wind turbines, according to a new study. A team led by Dr. Naveed Akhtar from the Helmholtz Center Hereon has found that wind speeds at the downstream windfarm are significantly slowed down by the close proximity of wind turbines, according to a press release.

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Injectable, health-monitoring implants

Injectable, health-monitoring implants | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

We’re used to the idea of wearable technology measuring everything from our temperature and heart rate, to blood glucose levels and sleep. But what if we moved those devices inside the body? That’s what Swedish startup DSRuptive does, using small glass capsules — the size of a grain of rice.
On Wednesday, the company announced the results of the first clinical study showing the effectiveness of injectable implants in monitoring body temperature.
The results are a glimpse into a future when implants could be the norm for everything, from health monitoring to payments and identification.

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Which fintechs offer the best — and worst — equity deals to employees?

Which fintechs offer the best — and worst — equity deals to employees? | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

One of the (many) perks of working at a startup is receiving equity — in other words, a slice of the pie. That’s all the more true at fintechs, where soaring valuations have the potential to make early employees a small fortune — at least on paper.
Still, startups vary in how much of the pie they offer, whether they hoard equity just for the c-suite, and the clauses they impose as they get older. That not only impacts the compensation awarded to employees, but also the future of the ecosystem, with many alumni going to finance new tech projects with their equity.
So where do Europe’s top fintechs rank on the all-important equity question?

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What Is Intrapreneurship?

What Is Intrapreneurship? | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

The idea behind intrapreneurship is a simple one: employees are given resources and time to act as if they’re entrepreneurs, from inside their company. Intrapreneurs might be responsible for launching a new product, brand, or department, or simply using existing company resources in different and innovative ways.
Intrapreneurship projects aim to make established organizations perform more like startups, which are typically more agile thanks to less bureaucracy and fewer people making decisions. But does the principle of intrapreneurship actually work, and what does it take to be an intrapreneur?

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A deep dive into SAP's intrapreneurship programme

A deep dive into SAP's intrapreneurship programme | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

Intrapreneurship programmes often get criticised for being unstructured and ineffective. Innovation consultant Alberto Onetti recently wrote that the majority of intrapreneurship programmes he has seen fail to produce meaningful results [and suggests ways of doing them better]. Worse yet, in a piece about the “dark side” of intrapreneurship, Tim Heard, founder of the Circle of Entrepreneurs, told the stories of entrepreneurs left in limbo, with little support structure.

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How to set up a CVC fund the right way

How to set up a CVC fund the right way | Innovating to what's next... | Scoop.it

When Heriberto Diarte joined Schneider Electric three years ago he came with a list of demands. Diarte was being brought in to set up a corporate venture fund for the French power management company, and he wanted to make sure it was done right. He had seen too many CVC venture funds set up the wrong way — set up to fail right from the start — and he didn’t want to fall into the same trap.

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