How a Frozen Fish Inspired An Innovation Revolution

How a Frozen Fish Inspired An Innovation Revolution

“It is easy to be wise after the event.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in the Complete Sherlock Holmes. There’s no way anyone could have predicted that a frozen fish would inspire someone to pursue an invention of such significance - that it would...

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Survival Lessons From The First Fish in Space

Survival Lessons From The First Fish in Space

I’m not above taking advice from a fish. Especially the first fish in space. The questions scientists and NASA wanted to know was - “How would a fish swim in a completely new environment of zero gravity? How would a fish (or a school of fish)...

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Find What You Love and Let It Kill You

Find What You Love and Let It Kill You

There’s a beautiful piece of writing, by the pianist James Rhodes, which after reading several times I’m only now beginning to truly appreciate. It’s a heartfelt request to forego at least some of the trite habitual activities that inhabit part...

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Becoming a Creative Genius {Again}

Becoming a Creative Genius {Again}

Scientists know quite a bit about the human brain. And more importantly, they know about your brain (yes, your specific brain). It weighs just over 3 pounds, makes up just 2% of your weight and contains about 86 billion nerve cells (neurons)...

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A Billion Hours of Accidental Love

A Billion Hours of Accidental Love

Einstein famously said, “You can’t blame gravity for falling in love.” But Richard and Betty James certainly can blame gravity for their success. It was 1943, and Richard was an engineer solving a problem for the US Navy. He was trying to...

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What Your Tomorrow Should Feel Like

What Your Tomorrow Should Feel Like

He was hoping to be dead by Christmas. My heart sank when he told me this. We'd never met in person. He told me this over the phone about a year ago. I've been discouraged before, but couldn’t imagine what he must have been feeling. He had a...

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