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Biology – Australasian Grebe

24/03/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Like most grebes, the Australasian grebe is a poor flier and even worse on land due to its short wings and its legs being placed far back on its body. Grebes have large feet with flat rounded “lobate” … Read More

Wow In Music – Lost Ones

20/03/2019 |

Darrell Mann

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is the debut solo album by American singer and rapper Lauryn Hill. It was released on August 25, 1998. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 422,624 copies … Read More

Generational Cycles – Reservoir Dogs

17/03/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Published in 2002, The Cinema of Generation X by Peter Hanson, is an early study of the youthful voices who defined American movies in the 1990s. Each chapter analyzes various themes in Generation X cinema and the creators … Read More

Not So Funny – Pet Rock Redux & Other Barely Essential Luxuries

13/03/2019 |

Darrell Mann

One thing I’ve never been able to properly forgive my parents for is their refusal to let me have a pet-rock when I was a boy. Spool forward 35 years, and it got re-launched as the USB version. … Read More

Campaign to destroy Patent Trolls and break the patent stranglehold

10/03/2019 | 2

The patent system was created to support entrepreneurs and encourage innovation – now it does the opposite stifling both innovators and new ideas. Now patent trolls are using the system to rip off manufacturing companies and large corporations are registering … Read More

Case Study: Friction And No-Friction

10/03/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Anyone that follows me on Twitter may have noticed that I’m not very good at following other people. It’s nothing personal, just that my brain is not capable of tuning in to fast moving streams of information/noise. That … Read More

TRIZCON2019

06/03/2019 |

Max Sherer

The Altshuller Institute for TRIZ Studies will be holding our 21st annual international conference, TRIZCON2019, at Purdue University from 20th-22nd May, 2019, under the theme “TRIZ in Science, Education, Creativity and Industry”.

Who should attend? Anyone involved in … Read More

Best of The Month – LikeWar

06/03/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Here’s one guaranteed to polarize. Doesn’t everything these days. Whatever one person likes, a thousand other will shortly describe as the worst thing ever. In a lot of ways, that’s kind of the premise of the book. Who’s … Read More

Making Sense Of Fake News #1 – Problem Definition

03/03/2019 |

Darrell Mann

When we were assembling the narrative for the TrenDNA book and the likely triggers of the S-Curve-shifting Crisis the world is inexorably moving towards, all of our analyses concluded that it wasn’t possible to know which of the … Read More

Short Thort

28/02/2019 |

Darrell Mann

“INDECISION, n. The chief element of success; “for whereas,” saith Sir Thomas Brewbold, “there is but one way to do nothing and divers way to do something, whereof, to a surety, only one is the right way, it … Read More

Investments – Liquid Crystal Elastomers

27/02/2019 |

Darrell Mann

A new material developed by University of Colorado Boulder engineers can transform into complex, pre-programmed shapes via light and temperature stimuli, allowing a literal square peg to morph and fit into a round hole before fully reverting to … Read More

Biology – Mole

24/02/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Despite the havoc they’ve managed to wreak in my vegetable garden this summer, I still maintain a sneaking admiration of moles. Weighing about 100g and having a length of about 12cm, they somehow manage to burrow their way … Read More

Wow In Music – Happy

20/02/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Earworms. Yes. And no. Earworms are songs that you’re unable to get out of your head. Sometimes that’s a good thing, and sometimes it isn’t. Scientists at the University of St Andrews have named the Top 20 official … Read More

Generational Cycles – The Over-65 Gold-Rush

17/02/2019 |

Darrell Mann

From a recent article in The Washington Post:

Executives at Gillette have for decades defined shaving as a rite of passage. The company famously mails out free razors — with “welcome to manhood” cards — to … Read More

Patent of the Month – Electro-Manipulation of Cells

14/02/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Patent of the month this month comes from a sextet of inventors at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. US10,070,914 was granted on September 11, and primarily seems to concern the treatment of cancer cells, but it would … Read More

Not So Funny – TRIZ Before TRIZ

13/02/2019 |

Darrell Mann

TRIZ research started after the Second World War. The ethos of the research originated around the reverse engineering of successful patents and inventive solutions. What’s less clear is whether there was any parallel inverse research to establish whether … Read More

Case Study: Patient Compliance Small Picture

10/02/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Back in April we wrote an article about the difficulties of achieving patient compliance within the healthcare sector (Reference 1). The focus there was very much on the big picture, and, as such, the conclusions we drew could … Read More

Best of The Month – Wait

06/02/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Almost everywhere you go, in Operational Excellence world at least, the word ‘procrastination’ is a bad one. If someone accuses you of being a procrastinator, you can be sure they’re not complimenting you. We’ve argued in the ezine … Read More

If Methods Don’t Work, What Does?

03/02/2019 |

Darrell Mann

I’ve used the above slide at a number of conferences now. Usually to a reaction of either stunned silence or an eventual half-hearted challenge from an advocate of one of the methods I’ve chosen to include in … Read More

Short Thort

30/01/2019 |

Darrell Mann

“Forming-Storming-Norming-Performing” is a well-known evolution pattern in teams. The sequence forms the first half of an s-curve. Few teams think about the second half…

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