Science-Based Innovation is Essential to Solving the World’s Problems

Science-Based Innovation is Essential to Solving the World’s Problems

There is a small but unified minority within the scientific community that wants to leverage science-based innovation to solve practical problems. The ideology of this group represents an optimistic vision, where science is a vehicle for economic development in the areas of greatest need. For members of this group, science is a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. Science means opportunity. Science means a better quality of life. Science is the collective fortitude of intellectual satisfaction being launched in a way that helps those cannot…

Manufacturing Tries to Stay Relevant by Making Innovation Personal

Manufacturing Tries to Stay Relevant by Making Innovation Personal

Manufacturing Becomes Personal “We are too busy mopping the floor to turn off the faucet” – Author unknown The game is really changing when it comes to innovation in manufacturing. Companies that want to stay on the forefront are not resting on old laurels, instead, they are asking better questions and driving down to the fundamental problem they are solving for their customers. The old school ideas of making millions of the same trinket in hopes that the insatiable American consumer will, well…consume, is no longer in vogue. Consumer behavior…

STEM Funding Could be Drastically Slashed in Pending Recession

STEM Funding Could be Drastically Slashed in Pending Recession

The global economy is showing signs of weakening as major powers temper their growth prospects for the near future. Every healthy economy experiences times of expansion and recession as the powers of supply and demand play out in the marketplace.  In the United States, a recession has occurred with a regular cadence since the Great Depression. About every 6 years to 10 years the American economy experiences a withdrawal that typically lasts last just over 300 days; the shortest being 6 months in the early 1980s. According to this pattern,…

Three Ways Academia Could Contribute to Innovation…But Does Not

Three Ways Academia Could Contribute to Innovation…But Does Not

There a number of pressing needs that face the world today. Mega issues such as climate change, food insecurity, the need for innovative healthcare, clean water and sustainable energy threaten the current lifestyle of each person on the planet. The situation is dire. The onus is upon each of us to do our part to contribute to more sustainable lifestyles and mitigate impending risks for future generations. Save for a few Elon Musks, most people are simply going about their lives as normal. Academics included. Innovation is the key to the change needed….