Does GE's innovation strategy need an overhaul?
When GE first announced its Ecomagination marketing campaign to promote all the ways that the company is leveraging innovation throughout each of its core businesses, it looked like a slam dunk. I've posted more than a few times about the amazing innovation coming out of GE's various business units, so I admit that I bought into the whole "innovation" strategy. By combining "innovation" with an environmentally-conscious approach to business, GE hoped to unlock billions of dollars in shareholder value.
Not so fast, though. The company's stock price hasn't budged in three years, and that's making investors VERY impatient. As this week's cover story in Barron's points out, GE is stuck in the mud: it's now or never for the industrial conglomerate, which should be poised for tremendous growth worldwide. What do you think? Does GE need to be patient with its Ecomagination approach -- or should it continue to sell off low-margin pieces of the company to the highest bidder until Wall Street finally wakes up to the true value of the underlying business?
It's a development that could one day lead to much better treatments for osteoporosis, joint damage, and bone fractures.
- Scientists have isolated skeletal stem cells in adult and fetal bones for the first time.
- These cells could one day help treat damaged bone and cartilage.
- The team was able to grow skeletal stem cells from cells found within liposuctioned fat.
Gut bacteria play an important role in how you feel and think and how well your body fights off disease. New research shows that exercise can give your gut bacteria a boost.
- Two studies from the University of Illinois show that gut bacteria can be changed by exercise alone.
- Our understanding of how gut bacteria impacts our overall health is an emerging field, and this research sheds light on the many different ways exercise affects your body.
- Exercising to improve your gut bacteria will prevent diseases and encourage brain health.
A groundbreaking new study shows that octopuses seemed to exhibit uncharacteristically social behavior when given MDMA, the psychedelic drug commonly known as ecstasy.
- Octopuses, like humans, have genes that seem to code for serotonin transporters.
- Scientists gave MDMA to octopuses to see whether those genes translated into a binding site for serotonin, which regulates emotions and behavior in humans
- Octopuses, which are typically asocial creatures, seem to get friendlier while on MDMA, suggesting humans have more in common with the strange invertebrates than previously thought
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