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Deming’s Fourteen Points & Innovation

19/01/2020 |

Darrell Mann

When there was such a thing, I was a regular attender at British Deming Association meetings and conferences. This was the late 1980s and early 1990s, when Deming’s thinking – in the UK at least – was at … Read More

Wow In Music – Thing Called Love

15/01/2020 |

Darrell Mann

This section of the ezine feels more and more like a Hall of Fame for under-appreciated musicians. We continue the theme this month with John Hiatt, surely one of the greatest American singer-songwriters of the last fifty years. … Read More

Biology – Wraparound Spider

12/01/2020 |

Darrell Mann

Time to add more species to the list of animals who have perfected the art of camouflage. Known as the wrap-around spiders, Dolophones is a genus of spider found primarily in Australia and Oceania. The genus contains 17 … Read More

Patent of the Month – Joining Dissimilar Materials

12/01/2020 |

Darrell Mann

Our patent of the month this month takes us to a quartet of inventors at the Battelle Memorial Institute in Washington State. US10,369,748 was awarded to the team on August 6. The invention takes us on a rare … Read More

Best of The Month – Never Split The Difference

08/01/2020 |

Darrell Mann

For a long while, my ‘go-to’ book when it came to negotiation theory was the same go-to book as the rest of the world, ‘Getting To Yes’ by Fisher and Ury. At the same time, I also know … Read More

Measuring Innovation ROI – #1 Big Picture

05/01/2020 |

Darrell Mann

“When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe.” John Muir

“To demand … Read More

Not So Funny – Merging

01/01/2020 |

Darrell Mann

We’ve had occasion to examine the power of Inventive Principle 5, Merging, several times in the past. The trick with using this Principle is to find combinations that are non-obvious, but at the same time where the elements … Read More

Short Thort

30/11/2019 |

Darrell Mann

“That which is not measurable is not science. That which is not physics is stamp collecting.” Sir Ernest Rutherford

“The more physics you have the less engineering you need.” Sir … Read More

Investments – Nuclear Diamond Battery

27/11/2019 |

Darrell Mann

New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive … Read More

Generational Cycles – Childhood Sweethearts

24/11/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Psychologists from Sigmund Freud forward have generally agreed: our core attitudes about life are largely locked in by age five or so. Changing those attitudes requires intense effort.

Neil Howe and William Strauss took this obvious truth and … Read More

Wow In Music – Take It With Me

20/11/2019 |

Darrell Mann

First up, no-one – no-one – writes lyrics like Tom Waits. He has the rare knack of hitting a nerve. The song ‘Take It With Me’ from his 1999 album, Mule Variations represents something of a high-point … Read More

Depression Leverage Points

17/11/2019 |

Darrell Mann

From Matt Haig’s book, ‘Reasons To Stay Alive’ (Reference 1):

We have a project looking at Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at the moment. The Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and the Department of Veterans … Read More

Best of The Month – Crisis & Renewal

13/11/2019 |

Darrell Mann

As it becomes more and more difficult to find new business books to recommend to ezine readers, we’re forced to make more and more forays into the past to look for lost classics. That search, too, becomes less … Read More

Biology – Polysphincta Wasp

11/11/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Wasps. Subject of four previous ezine features. Wasps break records. Evil records. We’ve had two different parasitic wasps (Issue 148 and Issue 184) and this month we hear about a zombie-making species.

Setting off a startling chain of … Read More

Patent of the Month – Fusion Power (Almost)

10/11/2019 |

Darrell Mann

For the most part, the words ‘nuclear’ and ISIS don’t really belong in the same sentence these days. Fortunately, the ISIS in question here is ISIS Innovation Ltd, an offshoot of Oxford University. I’m assuming the company was … Read More

Not So Funny – Double Standards

06/11/2019 |

Darrell Mann

We live in a strange world. Usually, these days, a world in which we’re all forced into personalized filter bubbles that makes us less and less able to empathise with people holding views different to our own. Irony … Read More

Boeing 737 Max

03/11/2019 |

Darrell Mann

I worked fifteen years in the aerospace industry at the start of my career. Safety was everything, something that united the whole industry. When planes fall out of the sky it is not good news for anyone. Therefore, … Read More

Generational Cycles – A Star Is (Re-) Born

31/10/2019 |

Darrell Mann

The Star Is Born story has become an iconic one: Fading star discovers and nurtures the next generation star, and then dies. It is a classic Hero’s Journey tale. One with, quite literally, a death of the ‘old’ … Read More

Short Thort

30/10/2019 |

Darrell Mann

“It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way.” Oscar Wilde

 

 

 

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Biology – Spittlebug

27/10/2019 |

Darrell Mann

The froghoppers, or the superfamily Cercopoidea, are a group of hemipteran insects in the suborder Auchenorrhyncha. Adults are capable of jumping many times their height and length, giving the group their common name. They are perhaps best known, … Read More