Category: Business and Innovation

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Copying beetle wings to design MAVs that can recover from midair collisions

SOURCE: TECH XPLORE A pair of researchers at Konkuk University has designed a miniaturized micro air vehicle (MAV) capable of recovering from midair collisions. In their paper published in the journal Science, Hoang Vu Phan and Hoon Cheol Park describe their study of collision recovery in rhinoceros beetles and how they applied their findings to the…
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Cargill is Supporting Efforts to Seek Sustainable Solutions Unique to Farms

SOURCE: CARGILL From the Ground Up: Partnering with Farmers to Advance Soil Health Solutions Head in any direction out of Des Moines, Iowa and it won’t take long until you’re in the middle of one of the most productive agricultural regions in the country. This is where you’ll find Will Cannon’s corn and soybean operations…
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Google-backed ‘plumber’ Amwell spikes in debut, IPO a barometer of booming telehealth market

SOURCE: YAHOO FINANCE American Well Corp. (AMWL), began trading Thursday in a long-awaited move that may help boost competition in the increasingly hot telehealth market, and rides a wave of growing enthusiasm for virtual doctor visits that swelled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Amwell’s stock opened at $25 per share, well above the initial public offering (IPO)…
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Zoom Goes From Conferencing App to the Pandemic’s Social Network

SOURCE: BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK Eric Yuan built a tech unicorn in the unflashy business of enterprise communications. Then, suddenly, the world needed it to be something else. Like the rest of us, Eric Yuan is taking things day by day right now. The founder and chief executive officer of teleconferencing software company Zoom gets up each…
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Telehealth Startup Launches Platform to Treat Coronavirus Patients Remotely

SOURCE: CHICAGO INNO With hospitals becoming overcrowded with coronavirus patients, a Chicago startup has developed a tech-based method to care for COVID-19 patients at home. Chicago telehealth startup 4D Healthware announced that it launched a new COVID-19 monitoring platform, based on its original software, which allows for remote monitoring, physician and lab supported diagnosis, and at-home treatment. By equipping…
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10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2020

SOURCE: MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW Here is our annual list of technological advances that we believe will make a real difference in solving important problems. How do we pick? We avoid the one-off tricks, the overhyped new gadgets. Instead we look for those breakthroughs that will truly change how we live and work. Unhackable internet Hyper-personalized…
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BrewBike Raises $2 Million, Sells its 100,000th Cup Coffee

SOURCE: CHICAGO INNO BrewBike, a coffee startup with roots at Northwestern University, has secured $2 million from investors as it celebrates a major milestone—selling 100,000 cups of coffee. The startup announced Wednesday that it raised $2 million in a seed round led by CEAS Investments, a venture firm with a focus on early-stage consumer product companies. The…
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A Dot-Com Era Survivor Is Back With Minted, A $700M Stationery Startup For The Instagram Generation

Source: ForbesO On a morning half-choked by smoke from the nearby California wildfires, Mariam Naficy, the CEO of Minted, unlocks the heart of her growing design empire. And is it ever dull. Absent are the bold printed pillows and the bookshelves made from reclaimed scaffolding found elsewhere in Minted’s San Francisco offices, the better to…
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