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Patent of the Month – Microfluidic Desalination

26/09/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Patent of the month this month takes us to a trio of inventors at the University of Texas. US9,932,251 was granted on April 3. The wonderfully succinct background description describes the motivation for the invention as follows:

Biology – Sleeping Chironomid (Polypedilum vanderplanki)

23/09/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Polypedilum vanderplanki or the sleeping chironomid, is a dipteran in the family Chironomidae (non-biting midges). It occurs in the semi-arid regions of the African continent (e.g. northern Nigeria and Uganda). Its larvae are found in small tubular nests … Read More

Paradoxical Thinking & Breakthrough Oxymorons

16/09/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Here’s my new favourite delegate exercise in team-building workshops. The inspiration comes from a twenty-year old book, Paradoxical Thinking, that I found in a junk shop last year (Reference 1). Ultimately it’s yet another book in the category … Read More

Generational Cycles – Anthems

09/09/2018 |

Darrell Mann

When Roger Daltrey sang, ‘I hope I die before I get old’, he sounded what was to become the clarion cry of the rising Baby-Boom teenager. The Who’s song ‘My Generation’ quickly established itself as the anthem for … Read More

A TRIZ approach for bitter cassava root detoxification

04/09/2018 |

Doua P., Kapseu C.

Abstract

The objective of this study was to find how to eliminate all the cyanogenic glucosides from bitter cassava roots to make them palatable for humans and animals. Prior to the elimination of those substances, cassava … Read More

Case Study: Effectuation

02/09/2018 |

Darrell Mann

According to the business theory of good and bad capital, good money is money from investors who are willing to wait for growth in the size of the enterprise, but who are hungry for profit in the short-term. … Read More

Patent of the Month – Piezoelectric-Based Solar Cells

28/08/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Patent of the month this month takes us to a duo of inventors at the University of South Florida. US9,911,540 was granted on 6 March… an apparently good day for inventions since we had half a dozen good … Read More

Biology – Parrot Fish

26/08/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Viewers of Blue Planet 2 were treated to the spectacle of parrotfish eating stony coral, only for it to emerge the other end as sand. Through this process, a single parrotfish can produce around 400 kilograms of sand … Read More

Generational Cycles – No Logo

22/08/2018 |

Darrell Mann

How do you write a manifesto for a no-manifesto, how-dare-you-tell-me-what-to-think, alienated, Nomad generation? Well, the first part of the answer inevitably involves the expression, ‘another Nomad’. Enter Naomi Klein – born in 1970, right in the middle of … Read More

Case Study: Rethinking Healthcare

19/08/2018 |

Darrell Mann

I picked up my newspaper today and found the word ‘crisis’ written over 40 times. Six of them as part of a headline. Debt crisis, NHS budget crisis, obesity crisis, KFC crisis, Brexit crisis, weather crisis, plastic crisis. … Read More

ValuesMatch – First Principle Mapping Of Enterprise & Individual Values

05/08/2018 |

Darrell Mann

How do you know if new job candidates will fit with the values of your enterprise? How do you know that current employees do the same? That they are authentically ‘talking the talk’? Especially since, looking at the … Read More

Biology – Hummingbird

29/07/2018 |

Darrell Mann

The sight of a tiny hummingbird hovering in front of a flower and then darting to another with lightning speed amazes and delights. But it also leaves watchers with a persistent question: How do they do it?

Now, … Read More

Use of Principle #10: Non-stick Silicone Egg Boiler

24/07/2018 |

Vairaj Arjune

Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi – 110067, India. vairajune@gmail.com – varjune24@gmail.com

Principle # 10: Preliminary Action

It is always a hassle to make the perfect or almost perfect boil eggs … Read More

Promise Point

22/07/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Compare and contrast. Think about Steve Jobs’ masterful launch of the iPad. Then think about how Google launched Glass. Downstream of the launch, of course, the iPad was a world-changing success, while Google Glass rapidly turned into something … Read More

Generational Cycles – Distribution Curves & Contradictions

15/07/2018 |

Darrell Mann

There are two kinds of people in the world Part #335. There are the people that see everything as black or white. And there are people who understand distribution curves. For some reason the generation-cycles work of Strauss … Read More

Re-Thinking Physical Contradictions #2: Business Problems

08/07/2018 |

Darrell Mann

It feels like a long time ago, because – embarrassingly – it was a long time ago. April 2017 to be precise, and Issue 181 of this ezine, was the place where we started our re-think of the … Read More

Definitely Not Funny – A Food Contradiction

04/07/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Once upon a time, a clever person in the coffee industry realized there was a problem. ‘How come’, they said to themselves, ‘all coffee tastes pretty much the same? Why can’t we make it taste better?’ And the … Read More

Patent of the Month – Anisotropic Metamaterials

01/07/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Our patent of the month this month takes us to the University of Texas in one of my favourite cities, Austin. US9,893,432 was granted to a pair of inventors on February 13. I have to admit it nearly … Read More

A Crash Course In Complexity

28/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

“If a factory is torn down, but the rationality which produced it is left standing, then that rationality will simply produce another factory. If a revolution destroys a government, but the systematic patterns of … Read More

Big Data Quintessence: Measuring Equality

26/06/2018 |

Darrell Mann

The state of the art when it comes to measuring things like gender equality is that the powers that be conduct ethnographic research and identify simple correlating factors. Hence we will typically find things like the number of … Read More