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Physical Contradictions: Solving Or Managing?

20/10/2019 |

Darrell Mann

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” Albert Einstein

For me, the physical contradiction part of TRIZ/SI still remains the weakest part of the toolkit. Something has been niggling … Read More

Wow In Music – No Me, No You, No More

16/10/2019 |

Darrell Mann

I was reading the inspiring book, ‘Your Song Changed My Life’, by Bob Boilen a few weeks ago. In the book, Boilen interviews a number of my favourite artists asking them, per the book’s title, which music changed … Read More

Patent of the Month – Strengthening Member

13/10/2019 |

Darrell Mann

We head to the Motor City for our patent of the month this month, to a trio of inventors at Ford. Their strengthening-member patent, US10,279, 842, was granted on 7 May. Here’s what the trio has to say … Read More

Best of The Month – Zucked

09/10/2019 |

Darrell Mann

“Move Fast, Break Things”. The Facebook corporate motto. An, as it turns out, iconic example of reaping what you sow. A strategy that Roger McNamee amply demonstrates, not only allowed the most rapid rise of any corporate entity … Read More

The Innovation ‘Golden Triangle’

06/10/2019 | 1

Darrell Mann

98% of all innovation attempts end in failure. 98% of all TRIZ-originated innovation attempts end in failure. 98% of all Design-Thinking-originated innovation attempts end in failure. The same 98% figure applies to almost every problem-solving tool, method or … Read More

The Coffee Panacea

02/10/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Upon learning this month that caffeine makes perovskite photovoltaics more stable, thus enhancing their commercial potential in the next generation of solar-cells https://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/green-tech/solar/java-takes-the-jitters-out-of-solar-cells, it made us wonder what other miracles coffee was capable of achieving. Turns out quite … Read More

Patent of the Month – Nerve Stimulation Method

28/09/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Our patent of the month this month takes us to the New Jersey-based enterprise, Electrocore LLC. US10,252,074 was granted to a trio of inventors at the company on 10 April. The company has been around and offering non-invasive … Read More

Short Thort

26/09/2019 |

Darrell Mann

“In the received wisdom, which assumes that the problem is resistance, it follows that what is needed to overcome the resistance is leadership. So when the project fails, this is seen as resulting … Read More

Investments – Material Design AI

25/09/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Discovering how atoms – such as a single layer of carbon atoms found in graphene, one of the world’s strongest materials – work to create a solid material is currently a major research topic in the field of … Read More

Systems (Three Different Kinds)

22/09/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Ask ten systems engineers to define what a system is and you’ll get at least eleven answers. Worse: they’re probably all correct. Worst: the differences, valid as they might be, create enormous potential confusion and as a result … Read More

Wow In Music – First We Take Manhattan

18/09/2019 |

Darrell Mann

With 20/ 20 hindsight, it makes perfect sense that Jennifer Warnes’ exquisite 1986 album, Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, became a critical and commercial success. After all, Cohen is now widely regarded as one of … Read More

Biology – Long-Tailed Tit

18/09/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Long tailed tits, recognisable by their undulating flight, a tail much longer than its small, pinkish body and generally flying in a small flock, are also known as ‘flying teaspoons’. You generally hear them before you see them … Read More

Generational Cycles – How The LP Saved (Baby Boomer) Lives

14/09/2019 |

Darrell Mann

I wasn’t sure whether to put this one into the ‘Best Of The Month’ or ‘Wow In Music’ sections of the ezine, but ultimately, this month’s publication of (Baby Boomer) David Hepworth’s homage to the long-playing record could … Read More

Best of The Month – The Science Of Storytelling

11/09/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Budding authors have literally hundreds of books to choose from if they’re looking for ‘help’ to make their writing better. Nearly all of them seem to be weak imitations of Joseph Campbell’s ‘Hero With A Thousand Faces’, or … Read More

The Resilience Zone

07/09/2019 |

Darrell Mann

At the end of last month, I published a blog article regarding, what I think is a better way of mapping complexity (Reference 1). It was a bit of a strawman. Something I thought might burn on exposure … Read More

40 Inventive (Shoe) Principles

04/09/2019 |

Darrell Mann

After last month’s criticism of the fashion industry’s lack of creativity, we faced a backlash. Armies of angry fashionistas carrying placards outside our offices. Chants of ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’. It was, frankly, time for … Read More

Green evaluation of innovative products

29/08/2019 |

“ENVN” for Early green evaluation of innovative products from sustainability angle, using augmented system operator

Joseph Karlose Theckeveetil Star Academy, #12 Erappa Complex, Banaswadi Main Road, Bangalore 560033, KA, India Email id: trizolver@trizolver.in no 0091 9880308433

A spread … Read More

A TRIZ Newbee’s Report

28/08/2019 |

Hans-Gert Gräbe, Leipzig University, Germany

 

Background

Three years ago, LIFIS started to advance a new focus Systematic Innovations. LIFIS – the Leibniz Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies – is a registered association of technical scientists mainly from the former GDR … Read More

Short Thort

31/07/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Things can be correct but not true. They can be incorrect and yet be true. They can be neither correct nor true. Or they can be both. This gives us four possible kinds of … Read More

Biology – Nuthatch

31/07/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Like many people who watch birds, I have my favourites. The nuthatches that feed outside my office window for instance.

Quirky little birds. Shaped like stubby cigars, with their short tails, thick necks and their characteristic racing-stripe logo. … Read More