Creative Trends
Salary and hiring trends for creative professionals
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[The We are the Creative Industries series: The Creative Industries - video game companies, design, marketing and architecture firms, and talented people who write books, design houses, shoot movies, make art and record music, just to name a few examples - are an important part of Massachusetts' economy, with $1 billion statewide impact and over 100,000 workers. Click here to learn more.] By Diane Domeyer Knowledge is power, and that's especially true when hiring. Keeping a steady eye on employment and compensation trends can mean the difference between landing that red-hot art director – or missing out. Read More
Weird medicine
Harvard lab building robot to harvest mosquito saliva (Yes, you read that right)
Yaroslav Tenzer, a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard's Biorobotics Lab, has been working on a machine that can behead mosquitos and extract their salivary glands.

Most people kill a mosquito with a violent swat of the hand, but Yaroslav Tenzer is much more methodical — and tender. He needs the tiny pest’s body intact so he can harvest its salivary glands.

Mosquito saliva is the key to a potential malaria vaccine and Tenzer, a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University’s Biorobotics Laboratory, has spent the last two years designing a machine that can very precisely behead an infected mosquito and gently squeeze its body to extract and collect its parasite-filled spit.

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The abuse in your pocket
As domestic abuse goes digital, shelters turn to counter-surveillance with Tor
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Sarah's abuser gained access to every password she had. He monitored her bank accounts and used her phone to track her location and read her conversations. She endured four years of regular physical and emotional trauma enabled by meticulous digital surveillance and the existing support services, from shelters to police, were almost powerless to help her. Read More
Ireland to Boston
IDA Ireland ups Boston presence with NEVY Awards and more
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I was fortunate to meet some of the good people from IDA Ireland last year during my summer travels through Europe (thanks again in no small part to my friend David Gallant, who met them during his HubSpot Ireland excursion and graciously introduced me before I visited). Over the course of the last year the IDA crew has made its presence much better known here in Greater Boston, so I checked in with SVP of the Emerging Business Division Barry O'Dowd to find out more about IDA Ireland's involvement with the New England Venture Capital Association's NEVY Awards (to which we here at BetaBoston are the exclusive media partner) and more. Read More