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From the left: Sigrún Shanko, Margrét Júlíana Sigurðardóttir, Sandra Mjöll Jónsdóttir, Hjördís Sigurðardóttir, Þorbjörg Jensdóttir

Icelandic Scientist Wins Innovation Award

Sandra Mjöll Jónsdóttir, co-founder of the biotech company Platome, was awarded the highest honor at a conference hosted last week by the Global Women Innovators and Inventors Network and the European Union Women Inventors & Innovators Network (GWIIN/EUWIIN).

Ásbrú, the former U.S. Naval Air Station in Keflavík.

Military Base Blossoms a Decade On

With nearly a decade having passed since the American military left Iceland, there are some 115 companies based on the old base, with 800 staff. Over the next three years, it is hoped that the number of people working in the old high security zone will top 1,200.

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Irresistible Icelandic Google Voice

“Bright, self-assured, helpful voice” is how Úlfar Erlingsson describes the Icelandic computer voice he and Oddur Kjartansson would like to create for Google.

Þorsteinn B. Friðriksson, CEO of Plain Vanilla.

NBC to Create Shows Based on QuizUp

US television network NBC announced yesterday its plans for making quiz shows for young people based on video game QuizUp, created by Icelandic company Plain Vanilla. The company’s CEO Þorsteinn B. Friðriksson told ruv.is that the network had approached him with the idea six months ago.