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Examples of path dependence and where it might lead for smartphones

50 Things That Made The Modern Economy is a BBC World Service podcast.  In short snippets of 9 minutes, Tim Harford, the FT journalist, discusses innovations that have played a crucial role in shaping the world today.

The Haber-Bosch process, for example, responsible for thousands of deaths in the First World War, is fundamental to sustaining human life and population growth. It is the magic that results in fertilisers, without which there would be insufficient food for the world.


£3m to fund early stage design innovation

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£3m to fund early stage design innovation

Design Foundations is a funding programme offering £3m to support early stage investment in design. Announced at a London event on 17th January 2017, it is the first Innovate UK funding of its kind with an explicitly horizontal remit, intended to help a broad range of sectors achieve new business outcomes through explorative design approaches.


  • !–block–£1m available in the first round, registration closes 15th February 2017
  • !–block–Individual grants of between £20,000…