Today, April 26, marks World Intellectual Property Day. Although this commemoration might go unnoticed by many, it's worthwhile to imagine for a moment what life would be like without innovation or the inventions innovators produce.
Yes, it's Women's History Month, and I'm on the college lecture circuit. Like I tell the students: February is Black History Month, March is Women's History Month, and the rest of the year is for white guys.
Where does this inherent American desire to be different come from? Whatever the reason, I'm convinced that the desire of our young people to be creative, if harnessed appropriately, can truly be an "unfair advantage" over foreign competitors.
Creators and inventors alike dream of having a job where they can employ their skills to excite and teach their employers the wonders of innovation. Don't allow your organization's culture to become the monster that kills such aspirations, and watches creativity die.
By the time she arrived in Kenya, between her freshman and sophomore years at Princeton, Eden Full had already done the kind of hands-on work that can make a smart, ambitious student wonder whether getting a college degree is all that necessary.
I hopped in a zipcar and drove from NYC out to Shoreham, Long Island several months ago and trespassed around the site of inventor Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe tower and laboratory to see how it looks. As of April 2012, it's looking pretty bad.
if you are an inventor, here's downer news that few will tell you... you probably can't do it. The odds you face are just too long. So don't quite your day-job, OK? Here are the five forces working against us.
In Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character, author Jack Hitt contends that the Golden Age of American amateurism is far from over. On the contrary, the amateur's dream is the American dream.
Simple observations can inspire leaps in understanding. In designing a vacuum that didn't choke on dust, I looked to a sawmill. I saw centrifugal force being used to separate dirt and wondered - could the same principle be used on a smaller scale?
If kids looked at Nicola Tesla or Bill Gates the way they look at LeBron James and Tom Brady, then I guarantee that our students' enthusiasm for math and science would match their passion for Little League and Pop Warner.