Category Archives: Invention

Policy and Innovation History (Radar, Manhattan Project and Apollo)

Innovation is a newborn baby that politicians love to kiss – regions and municipalities want more of it, but are uncertain of how to proceed.  Metrics are challenging – for the politician and bureaucrat it isn’t clear whether they should … Continue reading

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USA Soccer and Brazil FIFA 2014: Not Just Happy to Be There

ESPN’s football/soccer podcast, “Men In Blazers” interviewed USA Soccer head coach Jurgen Klinnsman at South by Southwest in Austin, TX. At about 30 minutes in, in a light-hearted manner he talks about the US having a fan base that publicly … Continue reading

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Nanofibers in Application: Dialysis using Zeolites in an Electrospun NF Web

The popular press has picked up on the publication of,  Fabrication of zeolite–polymer composite nanofibers for removal of uremic toxins from kidney failure patients by a team out of WPI-MANA.  Unfortunately, this article ties together many sensationalist components that are commonly … Continue reading

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Filtration in the Popular Media: Chinese Fear for Soil and Food

The New York Times recently covered the growing awareness of the pollution problems in China that have come with increased industrialization and growth.  The December 2013 article focused on growing concerns about heavy metals, primarily cadmium, spreading into the food … Continue reading

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Define the Mission, then the Vehicle

Pat Duggins’ book Final Countdown, which documents NASA’s move to shutdown the Space Shuttle Program repeats an important aviation and aerospace maxim: The mission should define the vehicle, not the vehicle define the mission. Apollo’s mission was to put a … Continue reading

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Aviation and Aerospace Innovation

The history of aviation and aerospace is fascinating because the achievements were technically challenging and the impact on society has been so clear.  Through the major phases of the industry’s growth ideas evolved across the globe, with the pioneers taking … Continue reading

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The Path to Waze King

Finding new and interesting apps is a hobby with less payback than one would expect.  Waze is worth it.  I’m always in pursuit of apps that actually make your day better and was surprised at the number of Facebook posts … Continue reading

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Peak Privacy & Peak Televsion

On a recent episode of Tech News Today, host Tom Merritt spoke the words, “Privacy is going nowhere but down over the next few years.”  He is the first person I’ve heard to pull together all of these themes and … Continue reading

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Interesting Article Themes

Certain quantitative market and population concepts pop up frequently. Peak X 2013, June – Initial blog post 2013, July – Peak Printer blog post 2013, October – Peak cable & car blog post 2013, October – Article on how we … Continue reading

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Challenges in Measuring Nanofiber Adoption

As part of recent INDA RISE Conference, we were asked to pull together a presentation on industrial scale manufacturing of nanofiber (“NF”) membranes.  As part of that presentation I wound up covering some observations on why it is tough to … Continue reading

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