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AltaRock Energy Inc, which is the start-up company backed by ICT giant Google, suspended Wednesday’s drilling of its first geothermal well in California – the first test project ever. The company gave the reason for geologic anomalies. In addition, it stated that it will keep developing its Enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) technology and is evaluating… » read more

Sir, Regarding ‘Commission to launch European Research Council review‘: ERC Advanced Grants – Do they reward the best investigators and the best proposals? I just became aware of the establishment by the European Commission of a Review Panel on the European Research Council’s structures and mechanisms. I learned that the Panel is consulting with representative… » read more

I was present at the launch of a manifesto entitled “Fixing the Future” which was presented yesterday in the margins of the SIX summer school on social innovation. This is a timely initiative that deserves broad support. It certainly has mine. In a nutshell, it was written in response to the recovery packages that were… » read more

Event report: ERRIN Briefing: Lisbon in Practice – Regional attractiveness for R&D investment, 8 July 2009, Brussels All the more recent growth theories are placing innovation at the heart of what drives creativity and growth in countries and regions. However, the available data shows that there is a huge amount of inertia, a fact that… » read more

The Lisbon Council hosted Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for telecommunications and media yesterday for a landmark speech on “Digital Europe: Europe’s Fast-Track to Economic Recovery.” It was so refreshing to listen to a forward-looking, policy-savvy speech, laying out concrete plans for boosting employment and sustainable growth, after weeks of inward-looking institutional naval-gazing in Brussels. It’s… » read more

Sir, Regarding ‘EU innovation needs paradigm shift, says commissioner‘: To achieve EU Science and Research Commissioner Janez Potocnik’s goal of turning research into market products, we should go back to the fundamental questions of what innovation means. Innovation, unlike basic research, is an organic phenomenon. It is reactive to demand far more often than it… » read more

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