3-D printing takes shape

download (77)3-D printing, or additive manufacturing techniques build objects layer by layer, rather than through molding or “subtractive” techniques, such as machining. has come a long way from its roots in the production of simple plastic prototypes. Today, 3-D printers can not only handle materials ranging from titanium […]


Why Is Innovation So Often Synonymous With Disappointment?

Why Is Innovation So Often Synonymous With Disappointment?

Because a pure idea is a beautiful thing, and seeing it get mauled as it struggles to become something real can be highly disappointing. It’s painful to see your “bridge to the moon” end up as a mere woodshed.

Welcome to HBR’s new Insight Center: Beyond the Breakthrough: Executing on Innovation. This four-week series addresses the reality problem that always besets great ideas, and our thesis in curating it is that reality isn’t a problem — or at least it doesn’t have to be. We believe that reality too can be a beautiful thing, although, granted, it’s more of an acquired taste.  […]


Two Billion Jobs to Disappear by 2030

indexBy 2030, more than 2 billion jobs will disappear, roughly 50% of all the jobs on the planet. This is not intended as a doom and gloom scenario, but rather as a wakeup call for the new skillsets we’ll need in the future.

According to McKinsey’s Global Institute, 12 disruptive technologies are at the heart of this disruption: mobile Internet, automation of knowledge and work, Internet of things, cloud technology, advanced robotics, autonomous and near-autonomous vehicles, next-generation genomics, energy storage, 3-D printing, advanced materials, advanced oil and gas exploration and recovery, and renewable energy.  […]


The key to cheap solar power may have been discovered over 150 years ago

The key to cheap solar power may have been discovered over 150 years agoImprovements in solar power technology come at a frustratingly slow pace. There’s abundant free energy raining down on the planet every day, but we simply haven’t found a highly efficient way to collect it. Researchers are looking at new materials to improve photovoltaic cells, but one of the most […]


The materials breakthrough that might lead to computers thousands of times faster

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As the technology for making silicon circuitry smaller, faster and less power-thirsty approaches the limits of physics , scientists have tried out many materials in the search for an alternative to silicon. New research by a team at the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory may have […]


Car Innovation Starts and Stops With Consumers

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Luxury cars are some of the most sophisticated, technologically advanced machines out there, incorporating everything from new alloys to computing power. One thing, however, hasn’t changed: the animal pelts that line our car interiors. So why have interior materials lagged so far behind? […]


Why the Best Marketers Demand Innovation

Why the Best Marketers Demand Innovation

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If you work for a company that loves to tell the world—through its ads, marketing materials, email blasts and the like—how innovative it is, while all the while it’s losing market share, your organization is paying what can only be called “an […]


Printing Artificial Bone

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Researchers working to design new materials that are durable, lightweight and environmentally sustainable are increasingly looking to natural composites, such as bone, for inspiration: Bone is strong and tough because its two constituent materials, soft collagen protein and stiff hydroxyapatite mineral, are arranged in complex hierarchical […]


Stamp-On Circuits Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger

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Transistors. Resistors. Capacitors. Inductors. Diodes. RF antennas. Inductive coils. Lithium ion batteries. These are the components of microprocessors, wireless communications, and energy storage. Today you’ll find them in your phone. Tomorrow, you may wear them right on your body. Research by John Rogers , a materials scientist at the […]


Flexible 20 micron thick RFID tags can be embedded in paper | Chips


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Radio-frequency identification ( RFID ) tags have become commonplace because they allow for cheap and easy tracking on all kinds of objects. However, even the thinnest versions of these tags have remained too thick for embedding in materials like […]

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