New Orleans: America's Startup City
Katrina gave New Orleans two stories to tell: One of disaster and another of innovation. Since 2007, the city has produced far more entrepreneurs than most American cities.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, an entrepreneurial spirit rose that has given new meaning to the city of New Orleans and taken its businesses onto global success. One such success story is the Idea Village, a startup that organizes workshops and competitions involving M.B.A. students from the nation's top business schools. "Katrina did two things," says Tim Williamson, the C.E.O. of Idea Village, which recently sponsored New Orleans Entrepreneurship Week. "Everyone became an entrepreneur because everyone was starting over in some way—we became a startup city." Second, he says, "our networks scaled globally."
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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