Monthly Archives: August 2011

Look for solutions in nature

Wired Science shows how, quite often, solutions to problems already exist–in nature. For example: The long, tapered nose of the Shinkansen, the high-speed trains of Japan, were modeled after the beak of the kingfisher, which drastically reduces the resistance as … Continue reading

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Innovation isn’t always tied to R&D dollars spent

Steve Jobs has said that “Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least one hundred times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s … Continue reading

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Patent trolls are as bad as trolls in Middle Earth…

…and maybe a good dose of sunlight can help defeat them. Check out Gregg Fraley’s post about a menace to innovation, patent trolls.

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Quotable: “Innovation isn’t…”

“Innovation isn’t always about adding things. It’s asking yourself, what can I take away?” — Carmine Gallo, The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs: Insanely Different Principles for Breakthrough Success

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Innovative hack: Use a Personal Glucose Meter to measure things besides glucose

The Make magazine blog points to an interesting hack of personal glucose meters by Yi Lu and Yu Xiang at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: They figured out a way to use them to measure chemicals other than glucose. Li … Continue reading

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Can you design a workplace where innovation thrives?

Yes. Good design can help create a workplace where ideas flow freely, where people from different areas and with different perspectives can meet, mingle, interact, and cross-pollinate their brains, and where innovative ideas germinate, take root, and thrive. But according … Continue reading

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