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Sometimes Being Wrong Can Be More Valuable Than Being Right

Forbes | George Satell | Posted 11.17.2014 | World

Alexandre Dumas is thought to be the first person who said, “nothing succeeds like success.” Yet hard to know who really said it first. It’s on...

Apple, the Great Innovator? Nope, Sony Is the Original Innovator

Bill_Robinson | Posted 10.10.2014 | Technology
Bill_Robinson

I'm tired of hearing how Apple is the most innovative organization on the planet. Blah, blah, blah.

Four Key Ingredients in the Recipe for Creativity

Nigel Barber | Posted 11.19.2014 | Science
Nigel Barber

Everyone has untapped potential in some creative field. Yet some individuals -- Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs -- have far more of it than others. Apart from genes, there are at least three key environmental factors that affect creative accomplishments.

In Character: The Wizards Who Gave Us Power, with Eric Brach

Jarod Cerf | Posted 11.19.2014 | Books
Jarod Cerf

Continuous articles in text are fine, sure. But do you ever wonder what the folks who author books sound like, in person? Before the editorial reviews? I'll give you a hint: They're all characters, too.

Overcoming Failure and Disappointment

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.15.2014 | Good News
William B. Bradshaw

Abraham Lincoln did not let failure or defeat stand in his way. He continued to try again.

If At First You Don't Succeed

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 10.08.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Many of the women who changed America, and who have been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame, met significant adversity along their paths.

Onegin: The Perfect Libretto

Daron Hagen | Posted 09.29.2014 | Arts
Daron Hagen

Kenneth Schermerhorn and I raised our glasses. "To Art," I began. "To Life," he replied. "To the collision of the two," I said. "Ah," he sighed, smiling, "now there is where the trouble begins." And, to that, we drank.

Here Comes (Finally!) the Damn Tesla Museum

Stewart Wolpin | Posted 09.14.2014 | Technology
Stewart Wolpin

All over America, you can find museums honoring Thomas Edison. But nowhere in his adopted country is there a structure dedicated to the inventor arguably more important than Edison in the creation of our modern era -- Nikola Tesla.

POLL: Who Was The Better Inventor?

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 07.11.2014 | Science

Nikola Tesla would have celebrated his 158th birthday yesterday (July 10). The Serbian-American scientist was a brilliant and eccentric genius whose...

Thomas Edison's Reaction To His Factory Burning Down Shows Why He Was So Successful

www.businessinsider.com | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business

When tragedy strikes, you must accept that it has happened and that you cannot change the past. Finding the opportunity to overcome a challenge ultim...

How to Eliminate Downed Power Lines

Stewart Wolpin | Posted 04.12.2014 | Technology
Stewart Wolpin

What's shocking about the parallels between our recent blizzard series and the Great White Hurricane is what New York City did 125 years ago that perhaps the rest of the country, or at least those in weather damage susceptible areas, ought to do as well.

The Technology of Dreaming

Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.04.2014 | Technology
Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D.

A sure way to make yourself less productive is to artificially limit your individual sleep needs. We can't do without sleep. But can we do without dreams? The scientific evidence is less clear on this point.

East Village Christmas Lights

Cody Lyon | Posted 02.03.2014 | New York
Cody Lyon

Here in the big city of lights, where it's always bright and new holiday displays often burn brighter than Broadway, a set of old, twinkling lights had whispered and gotten his attention.

Peek Inside Thomas Edison's Creative Journals (NEW BOOK)

Posted 10.01.2013 | Books

The following is an excerpt from "Edison and the Rise of Innovation" [Sterling Signature, $29.95], a chronicling of Edison's inventions, drawings, and...

Why The Internet Might Be Wrong About Nikola Tesla

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.13.2013 | Technology

There are two sides to every story. Inventor, pioneer and Internet darling Nikola Tesla is no different. The Serbian-American lived from 1856 to 19...

PHOTOS: 18 Science Greats When They Were Cute Kids

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.03.2013 | Science

Albert Einstein wasn't always the old guy with the bushy white hair. Once upon a time he was once just a cute little three-year-old -- and the same is...

Visionary Inventor's Lab Bought, Will Become Museum

AP | FRANK ELTMAN | Posted 07.07.2013 | Science

MINEOLA, N.Y. — A New York community group that raised $1.3 million in a six-week online fundraising effort has purchased a laboratory once used...

The 9 Most Disturbing Marketing Moves Of All Time

OPEN Forum | Mike Michalowicz | Posted 03.12.2013 | Small Business

This story originally appeared on OPEN Forum. From planting bomb-like devices around a major city to sabotaging an international stock exchange o...

Is Experience Seen as Too Costly in Today's Economy?

Gil Laroya | Posted 04.10.2013 | Business
Gil Laroya

Experience, says, in one word, that "I did that", "I was there", and "I made that happen." So why then, are so many employers forgoing the chance of enlisting experienced workers toward they corporate cause, in lieu of finding more affordable workers?

Tech Has Always Killed Jobs

AP | By BERNARD CONDON | Posted 03.25.2013 | Technology

NEW YORK (AP) — To workers being pushed out of jobs by today's technology, history has a message: You're not the first. From textile ...

Thomas Edison Hologram Schools CEO On Electric Cars At Auto Show

AP | DAVID RUNK | Posted 03.16.2013 | Detroit

DETROIT -- Past met present at the auto show Monday when a holographic image of Thomas Edison was used to promote vehicles from electric truck and van...

Getting Into the Holiday Spirit: Cultivate Rivalries With Other Intellectuals

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 01.28.2013 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

A bitter rivalry is good for the mind, as it drives opponents to sharpen their arguments to a fine rhetorical point, while serving as great entertainment for outside observers.

WATCH: Death Rays, Pigeon Communication And Other Exploits Of Great Inventor

Posted 11.12.2012 | Science

As a rival to Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla was the quintessential underdog scientist—in recent years, he's become an Internet darling. Today he is re...

World's Oldest Music 'Record' Reveals Hilarious Blooper

AP | CHRIS CAROLA | Posted 12.25.2012 | Science

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — It's scratchy, lasts only 78 seconds and features the world's first recorded blooper. The modern masses can now listen t...

The Siren Song of American Imperialism

William Astore | Posted 11.20.2012 | World
William Astore

It's tragically hard to win hearts and minds overseas when we don't even recognize what's in our own hearts and minds. We think we're pure of heart, but "civilizing" missions based on military occupation inevitably contain a heart of darkness.