The unintended consequence of a headache cure invented one of the most popular products in the world

Coca Cola is the most famous soft drink in existence and has penetrated almost every corner of the globe. What many do not know is that Coca Cola started as the unintended consequence when someone was attempting to invent a headache cure. Back in the 1880s John Pemberton, a struggling pharmacist, was attempting to develop a natural cure for headaches by mixing […]

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An innovator may have just cured diabetes with the help of US taxpayers

Most people, at least outside of science circles, have never heard of Dr. Taylor Wang, an innovator and the founder of a company called Encapsulife. That may be about to change. According to a recent story in National Review, a device the company has just patented, known broadly as the “Wang Patch,” may provide an effective cure for diabetes, which […]

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Four companies who are using innovation to feed the world’s millions

Innovation is all about significantly improving the world through a new idea or product.  With my move to Colorado and my 35 acre “ranch”, I’ve gotten back into looking at the intersection of innovation and agriculture. To feed the world’s millions as well as protecting the environment are major areas of concern for both underprivileged and privileged […]

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Military technology innovations to create the Navy of the future

It is no secret that a major source of innovation throughout history has been in the military such as the Navy. Researchers are always in the hunt to develop technologies to better wage war and prevail against an enemy. A recent article on the CNN website suggests that a number of innovations in military technology are about to change […]

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Are inventions at risk to cyber attacks?

New inventions are the source of the exciting changes we see in technology, media, transportation, and pretty much every aspect of our lives.  Could the process of turning an idea into a real life-changing invention be at risk to cyber attacks? According to Mark Anderson, the publisher of Strategic News Service and host of the tech conference Future in Review, the […]

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The Impossible Project: Take something old and make it new again.

What if your best new business idea is simply a way to make an old idea new again? That is the question asked by the drivers behind The Impossible Project, a leap of faith effort to bring back analog instant photography invented by Polaroid. In 2008, Polaroid announced it would dismantle all production of its instant film, thereby making its […]

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Post-It Notes: 4 Lessons for Innovators

I love the behind-the-scenes story of Post-it notes. How many of these little, yellow sorta-stickies are flagged around your house or your office? Did you know they were originally a mistake? A very very fortunate mistake. As the story goes, Spencer Silver was a chemist and a very smart man. In 1968, he worked in the […]

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Technology and Invention: The Smart Wheel Promises Big Impact for Congested Cities

Previously, I introduced you to the invisible bicycle helmet, a creative safety concept out of Sweden that tucks an inflatable helmet inside a fashionable collar and deploys in a crash. Bicycling enthusiasts have another game-changing invention: the FlyKly Smart Wheel. FlyKly Smart Wheel: The smark wheel is a removable motorized bike wheel that fits on almost any ordinary […]

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Ingenuity in Africa Is Alive and Well

We’ve finally arrived in Rwanda and settling in. In the first few days, I’ve been getting familiar with the fish farm, the business we’ve invested in so that the profits can fund the Rwanda child rescue home. The image is of the staff catching and moving fish from one pond to the another. My first […]

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Creative Concept: The Invisible Bicycle Helmet Blends Science and Human Nature

Want a creative concept? How about an invisible bicycle helmet? It may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but two Swedish graduate students, Terese Alstin and Anna Haupt, have made it happen. The idea started with the students’ shared love of biking and similar aversion to wearing breeze-blocking, hair-do destroying helmets. It took them seven […]

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