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Innovation Programs Don’t Guarantee Innovation

According to the latest research, 131 large corporations currently operate their own accelerator programs.  Another hundred or more operate innovation labs and incubators. Clearly, companies are researching and experimenting with new technologies to find faster, more intuitive and smarter ways to beat the competition. While the accelerators and incubators have noble aims and are run with valiant effort, it does not guarantee that the corporation will succeed in finding a new product or answer to its competitive woes.

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Tesla Model X 75D To Launch In China In July

The Tesla Model X 75D will be launched on the Chinese market on July 2, according to Chinese media. The 75D will cost around 85,000 yuan or $128,000. It is powered by a 75kWh battery and has a range of 237 miles. The 75D will be the new base model of the Chinese Model X lineup, which furthermore consists of the 90D and the P90D. These were officially launched in China in May.

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The Smart and Big Money Continues to Flow into the Cannabis Market

I had been under the impression that we are now in the era of gathering picks and shovels when it comes to the smart direction legislators are heading about cannabis. But in a recent chat with Derek Peterson, I became convinced we are much further along. Peterson is CEO of Terra Tech Corporation, which is making huge strides in the burgeoning cannabis market. He asserts that the real era of picks and shovels was in the black market days of cannabis, “but now we are in a gravitational shift to a regulated market.” He points to the development of brands in the cannabis market (such as Whoopi Goldberg and Jane West and his company’s own IVXX brand) as signaling a huge shift in the thinking of those investing in the cannabis market.

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Will Thailand’s E-Commerce ‘Cashless’ Boom Disrupt Asia’s Retail Market?

Thailand’s e-commerce market is booming and shaping up to be one of Asia’s top performers. With the imminent start of the government’s national e-payment system, aimed at making Thailand a cashless society, it’s expected to see double-digit growth.

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SunPower’s 24.1% Efficiency Record: Are We Near The Ceiling?

SunPower leaped past the competition today by announcing that is has created a silicon solar module that can convert 24.1% of the sunlight that strikes it into electricity.

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Sun Has Likely Entered New Evolutionary Phase, Say Astronomers

The Sun has likely already entered into a new unpredicted long-term phase of its evolution as a hydrogen-burning main sequence star — one characterized by magnetic sputtering indicative of a more quiescent middle-age. Or so say the authors of a new paper submitted to The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

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Inside one of the closest star-forming regions to Earth

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