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“The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old questions from a new angle, requires creative imagination … Continue reading
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
I remember sitting on the linoleum floor of our living room, in my pajamas, transfixed by that grainy images. We had set foot on another world. We need to go back. We need to go farther. And I believe that … Continue reading
Conventional wisdom is defined as “A widely held belief on which most people act.” It’s the stuff that “everybody knows.” Take, for example, alligators. Thanks to countless images in children’s books, cartoons, and comics, as well as all the toy … Continue reading
Think there’s not much new you can do with going up and down stairs? Try injecting some fun. Going up: And going down: (Hat tip to Dan Pink.)
Many of us are always on the lookout for shortcuts: Ways to make things easier, faster, less strenuous. (Hence the popularity of sites like Lifehacker, and book titles that feature phrases like “The Easy Way to…” or “…Made Easy.”) To … Continue reading
In one of his recent Monday Morning Memos, Roy H. Williams offered some excellent advice for people who are seeking to “think outside the box:” Talk to someone who doesn’t even know what box you’re talking about.
In 1953, S. Donald Stookey, a researcher at Corning Glass Works, placed a sample of FotoForm glass into an oven, intending to heat it to 600 degrees Celsius for an experiment he was working on. (FotoForm glass, which Stookey invented, … Continue reading
Seth Godin offers us his “Simple five step plan for just about everyone and everything:” 1. Go, make something happen. 2. Do work you’re proud of. 3. Treat people with respect. 4. Make big promises and keep them. 5. Ship … Continue reading
Phil McKinney points out that science fiction writers have a record of “inventing” things years before they become reality: It’s staggering how much of what we do today is last generations science fiction!