Innovation Watch Newsletter - Issue 9.

01 - January 2, 2010

ISSN: 1712-9834

In the news this week... scientists map DNA damage in breast cancers... a new breakthrough in understanding how memories form... using carbon nanotubes for faster DNA sequencing... glow-in-the-dark wallpaper... the end of free TV... publishers move to end free content... synthetic biology poses security challenges... social networking changes the way we travel... China scrambles for oil resources in Africa... China moves to reduce exports of rare earths... antibiotic use in agriculture poses growing threat of drug resistance... German environment minister says China and the US unable to lead in global warming... Russia plans to divert dangerous asteroid... eight up-and-coming mobile technologies... We also feature... new insights on innovation by Roberto Verganti, in his book DesignDriven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating What Things Mean... a link to The Business Model Database, a website that offers a cornucopia of business models... an audio clip on Do-It-Yourself biology... a blog post by Venessa Miemis (Emergent By Design) on the next big thing in social media... David Forrest

David Forrest advises on emerging trends, and helps to develop strategies for a radically different future

Coming Soon - Rethinking the Future Radio - An Innovation Watch podcast that takes an inside look at the people and stories that are shaping the future.

Top Stories:

Broken Genomes Behind Breast Cancers - [PhysOrg] The first detailed search of breast cancer genomes to uncover genomic rearrangements is published today. The team characterised the ways in which the human genome is broken and put back together in 24 cases of breast cancer. Molecules and Synapses Cement Memories, Say Scientists [BBC] US scientists believe they have uncovered one of the mechanisms that enables the brain to form memories.

Top Stories: Carbon Nanotubes Show Promise for High-Speed Genetic Sequencing - [PhysOrg] Faster sequencing of DNA holds enormous potential for biology and medicine, particularly for personalized diagnosis and customized treatment based on each individual's genomic makeup. At present however, sequencing technology remains cumbersome and cost prohibitive for most clinical applications, though this may be changing, thanks to a range of innovative new techniques. Switch on the Wallpaper: Glow in the Dark Paper that Could Replace Conventional Light Bulbs Within a Decade - [Daily Mail] This may sound impractical, but the number of potential applications is mindboggling...

Top Stories: Free TV Could Get Its Curtain Call - [Boston Globe] For more than 60 years, TV stations have broadcast news, sports, and entertainment for free and made their money by showing commercials. That might not work much longer. Pressure Builds to End Web Users’ Free Ride - [Boston Globe] Over more than a decade, consumers became accustomed to the sweet, steady flow of free news, pictures, videos, and music on the Internet. Paying was for suckers and old fogeys. Content, like wild horses, wanted to be free.

Top Stories: Synthetic Gene Firms Get Ahead of Government on Security [GenomeWeb] Synthetic biology companies and the US government appear to share many of the same ideas about

measures that should be taken to keep potentially dangerous synthesized gene sequences out of the hands of bioterrorists. Social Networking Changing the Way We Travel - [Boston Globe] Social media is changing the way people travel. It's replacing recommendations from experts and strangers with a targeted selection of information from acquaintances and their networks.

Top Stories: China's Entry Into the Scramble for Oil Could Benefit Continent - [All Africa] As globalisation rolled on, and global power of production and consumption changed (whereby the gap between developed countries of the west and Asian giants narrowed), China, whose economy is probably the second largest in the world now, had to find resources to feed its industries and services. China Plans Reserve for Rare Earths - [Boston Globe] China will create a reserve for rare earths next year to prevent waste of the exotic metals used in computers and cleanenergy products, an official said in comments reported by state media.

Top Stories: Pressure Rises to Stop Antibiotics in Agriculture - [PhysOrg] More and more Americans — many of them living far from barns and pastures — are at risk from the widespread practice of feeding livestock antibiotics. These animals grow faster, but they can also develop drug-resistant infections that are passed on to people. Interview with German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen - [Spiegel] German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen talks to Spiegel about the failure of the Copenhagen climate summit, why neither China nor the US can take the lead in the fight against global warming and Germany's role in the new world order.

Top Stories: Russia Considers Sending Spacecraft to Knock Asteroid Off

Path - [CBC] Russia is considering sending a spacecraft to a large asteroid to knock it off its path and prevent a possible collision with Earth, the head of the country's space agency said. 8 Mobile Technologies to Watch in 2010 - [Read Write Web] At the beginning of this year, analyst firm Gartner released a report that highlights eight up-and-coming mobile technologies which they predict will impact the mobile industry over the course of the next two years.

Design-Driven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating What Things Mean
by Roberto Verganti

Featured Link: The Business Model Database - Anders Sundelin explores issues related to business models and business model innovation.

Audio Clip - MP3 - Taking Biological Research Out of the Laboratory [All Things Considered] - The "Do It Yourself" movement works well when you’re talking about making your own music or growing your own vegetables. But some people are starting a DIY-biology movement. They’re studying things like DNA and E. coli bacteria in home laboratories. And for now, the industry is largely unregulated. Host Guy Raz speaks with Jason Bobe, founder of the group DIYbio. (5m 2s)

Blog - A Futurist’s View of the "Next Big Thing" in Social Media [Emergent By Design] Venessa Miemis - "I do think we’re in a very transformative period in history, and we all need to hone our "futures thinking" skills in order to actively participate in the process of shaping our collective future, instead of just being a passive bystander."

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