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Investments – Low-Cost Cancer Probe

28/08/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, is diagnosed in more than 130,000 people globally every year. Now, work is being done on a tool to help in its early detection: a simple, compact laser probe that can … Read More

Generational Cycles – The Death Of Comedy?

25/08/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Comedy is in a period of extraordinary flux. It wasn’t so long ago that it seemed like comedians were filling stadiums and everyone was saying comedy was the new rock-n-roll. The past two years, however, have witnessed the … Read More

Wow In Music – River

21/08/2019 |

Darrell Mann

 

Released in 1971 and produced by Reprise records, River is a contemporary folk song found on Joni Mitchell’s classic album, ‘Blue’. For some reason, even though it really isn’t really a Christmas song, it has somehow … Read More

Patent of the Month – Microbial Fuel Cell

18/08/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Microbial fuel-cells (MFC) have been around for over a century now, but they’ve never quite made the grade in terms of practical, commercially viable applications. Which is perhaps odd given the fact that they offer the potential to … Read More

Best of The Month – Lost Connections

14/08/2019 |

Darrell Mann

This month’s book choice fits into the psychology end of the innovation story. It’s also about the Big Pharma industry and how their urge to sell drugs rather than cure patients ends up creating far bigger problems than … Read More

The £5 Challenge

11/08/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Here’s a little exercise to try next time you have ten minutes to spare:

What would you do to earn money if all you had was five pounds and two hours? Imagine being given an envelope … Read More

Sustainable Innovation 2019 Conference

07/08/2019 |

Darrell Mann

I’m told that the reason women agree to have another child is because they’re programmed to forget the pain associated with giving birth to the previous one. Not on anything like the same level, but I think I … Read More

Kano & Intangibles II – Case Study

04/08/2019 | 2

Darrell Mann

Back in December of last year we started to explore the connection between the Kano Diagram and TRIZ/SI, with particular attention to the integration possibilities of Kano’s concept of ‘exciter’ and the Outcome Mapping tool. The promise at … Read More

TRIZ India Podcast- Murali interviews Darrell Mann

31/07/2019 |

Murali Loganathan, a research scholar at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India had a tete-a-tete with Darrell Mann, CEO and Technical Director of Systematic Innovation Ltd. Over a few drinks, pool and lively music, Murali got Darrell to talk about

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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

Generational Cycles – (Generational) First Principles

28/07/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Every complex problem has a thousand clear, simple wrong answers. But it also has the potential for a clear, simple correct one provided we understand the first principles from which the complexity emerges. Strauss & Howe’s generation model, … Read More

Investments – Rectenna

24/07/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Imagine a world where smartphones, laptops, wearables, and other electronics are powered without batteries. Researchers from MIT and elsewhere have taken a step in that direction, with the first fully flexible device that can convert energy from Wi-Fi … Read More

Making Sense Of Fake News #2: Solution Generation

21/07/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Back in October 2018 (Issue 199), the lead article reported a perception-mapping exercise aimed at coming to terms with the Fake News problem affecting most parts of the world these days. This article represents the promised follow-up to … Read More

Wow In Music – You Make My Dreams

17/07/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Something of a guilty pleasure of a song for this month’s ‘Wow’ feature. “You Make My Dreams”, sometimes incorrectly referred to as “You Make My Dreams Come True”, is a song by the American duo Hall & Oates, … Read More

Patent of the Month – Fabric Supercapacitor

14/07/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Our patent of the month this month takes us to Austin, and a trio of inventors at the University of Texas. US10,199,180 was granted on February 5. Here’s what the background description has to say about the problem … Read More

Best of The Month – The Private Life

10/07/2019 |

Darrell Mann

In Henry James’s 1893 short story “The Private Life”, the narrator makes alarming discoveries about two members of his holiday party while holed up in a village in the Swiss Alps. After an evening spent listening to the … Read More

Managing The (Autonomous Vehicle) Unknowns

07/07/2019 |

Darrell Mann

Two birds with one stone. Someone was quizzing me about my (no doubt glib) comment that innovation projects were nothing to do with Gantt charts and all about managing the unknowns. ‘Is it really possible to manage the … Read More

(Taking Out) Letters

03/07/2019 |

Darrell Mann

The absence of a letter or two can make the difference between meaning and meaning more. Meaning something different, and yet somehow strangely still be connected to the original…

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Biology – Sailfish

30/06/2019 |

Darrell Mann

The Atlantic sailfish (Istiophorus albicans) is a world-record holding speed merchant twice over. Early measurements of the sailfish’s ability to move through the sea faster than any other marine vertebrate are currently the source of some challenge. What … Read More