News: Teams searching for cheap way to stop algae blooms, with $10 million prize on the line

You have an efficient, cost-effective way to remove phosphorous from freshwater bodies? If so, you may want to enter it into an innovation competition sponsored The Everglades Foundation in Florida. The prize: $10,000,000. Whether North or South, algae blooms are an increasing problem and one of the primary contributors is phosphorus-rich runoff that feeds the algae growth.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: What *Is* Meat, Anyway?

In a just-arising question, the answer to which is sure to have implications for North Dakota ranchers, we’ve found ourselves at a point in history where we’re asking — almost philosophically — what is meat? The question is born from the emerging technology that allows us to grow animal tissue in a lab. WIRED has the story. Of note: it will be interesting to see how lobbying interests...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Public engagement in local decisions evolving rapidly on the shoulders of technology

How do we awaken citizens from their apathy and get them engaged with the decisions being made in their communities? One town in Colorado made an investment in technology, trashed the traditional model that only allowed input at live meetings, and catered to the lives of their citizens. The result is a cross-section of public engagement that is actually representative of the community.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google

No, this isn’t the lead-in to an algebra joke. ‘X’ is the name of Google’s research and development factory — the place where the test out radical ideas to see if they can become viable companies. One of those, Loon, was the feature of a Minot Voice post long ago, and this article from WIRED captures the essence of their work. If you chase the article, you’ll notice one...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Physics can explain human innovation and enlightenment

Have you ever had an object in your way but because it was always there or because you were used to where it sat, you walked around it? Or imagine a large obstruction being removed from a fast flowing river; everything is different after the object is removed. This is the foundation of the flow-theory known as constructal law, and researchers are starting to use the idea as...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: First unmanned flight of medium altitude will cross the Atlantic and take off from Grand Forks

The reach of North Dakota’s UAS industry is going trans-Atlantic. The first unmanned flight across the Atlantic Ocean will depart from Grand Forks on July 10. It’s yet another example highlighting the potential of the industry which is being heavily pursued in many areas of North Dakota.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: The American midwest is quickly becoming a blue-collar version of Silicon Valley

There is a transformation taking place in the former industrial centers of the U.S. The economies in cities once characterized by factories and blue collar jobs are slowly becoming centers for what is known as ‘mid-tech’ jobs. ‘Mid-tech’ jobs are technology and programming related jobs that don’t require a 4-year degree, and the demographic shift away from the costs and traditional tech hubs is noteworthy.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Studies are increasingly clear: Uber, Lyft congest cities

The common assumption is that ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft reduce demand on road infrastructure and reduce traffic and congestion. But the economics of a disruptive innovation on human behavior is rarely that simple. New studies are showing the low-cost of the service often captures a latent demand from users that would have otherwise walked, biked, used public transportation, or batched their trip. The result so far,...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Norway will spend $13 million to upgrade its doomsday seed vault

On the top of the world, there’s a little island that belongs to Norway; its global importance is hard to overstate. It’s our final insurance policy. If everything goes haywire, this is the place we go to get the seeds to begin growing critical crops. It’s our genetic safety deposit box. And it’s getting an upgrade.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Closing the Loop in Agricultural Plastics Recycling

As farms get bigger, particularly dairy farms, the more plastic they use. And disposing of that plastic creates a crisis of both conscious and economics. In other words, it’s expensive and, in most cases currently, bad for the environment. But a company in Arkansas has found a profitable way to solve the problem. Collect the waste as a raw material and turn it into second-use plastic bags. The...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Minnesota planners begin to envision driverless future

We can resist it however we want, the world we live in is going to change around us. One change that’s virtually guaranteed, driverless cars. They’ll be safer, more efficient, and more convenient, and that will equal adoption by consumers. So if they’re coming, perhaps we should be planning for them? In Minnesota, they are. Minot should be following Minnesota’s lead on this.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Disruption in real time, UPS preorders 125 Tesla semi-trucks

Disruption is the process by which standard practices are upset; that disruption then forces both people and companies to adapt. When in a period of significant disruption. Both politically, economically, and innovatively. Here’s one example of the latter. The lesson: we need to be resilient and ready for change.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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