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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:

Short Thort

25/09/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Whenever we experience a pair of potentially conflicting attributes – creativity and patience, say, or resourcefulness and naivety, or X and Y – its always possible to construct a 2×2 matrix. When we solve the conflict and get … Read More

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

Wow In Music – Strawberry Fields Forever

19/09/2018 |

Darrell Mann

One of the greatest singles of all time. An enduring classic that it is difficult to tire of listening to. Why is that?

Let’s start the investigation somewhere else. Somewhere a long way from the Beatles… The Pearl … 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

Best of the Month – The Innovation Illusion

12/09/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Here’s one of those best-of choices that comes with a health-warning: This book might cause prospective innovators to believe that all of their innovation efforts are futile. This is a depressing book. Mainly because, rather than our SI … 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

Not So Funny – Quite (Principle 33) Literally

05/09/2018 |

Darrell Mann

No-one likes a smart-arse. The battle is rarely more intense than the one between teachers and their students…

…more often than not, the pupils tend to be the more persistent…

…some of whom get to grow … 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

Investments – e-Skin

29/08/2018 |

Darrell Mann

University of Colorado Boulder researchers have developed a new type of malleable, self-healing and fully recyclable “electronic skin” that has applications ranging from robotics and prosthetic development to better biomedical devices.

Electronic skin, known as e-skin, is a … 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

Short Thort

20/08/2018 |

Darrell Mann

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Anaïs Nin

“Wisdom comes through suffering. Trouble, with its memories of pain, Drips in our hearts as we try to sleep, So men against their … 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

Best of the Month – Skin In The Game

15/08/2018 |

Darrell Mann

When Nassim Nicholas Taleb releases a new book, its unlikely there will be anything else arriving on the market that will be able to compete for our Best Of The Month slot. And, true to form, his new … Read More

Not So Funny – Another, Another Dimension

12/08/2018 |

Darrell Mann

Inventive Principle 17. Another Dimension. One of the lesser used Inventive Principles. Getting away from straight lines and planes. Simple to say. Not always so simple to interpret. Although, when we can we can get some of the … Read More

Wow In Music – Cannonball

06/08/2018 |

Darrell Mann

In eager anticipation (on my part at least) for the new Breeders album and tour, this month we pay tribute to the bands’ 1993 classic, ‘Cannonball’.  The song comes from their 1993 album Last Splash. It was released … 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