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The Best of Biomimicry

As the name implies, biomimicry is the discipline of designing products by mimicking phenomena that already exist in biology and nature.  The best-known example of this approach is Velcro, which was developed in the 1940s by engineer George De Mestral when he noticed burrs clinging to his dog’s fur after a walk in the woods….

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Sculley on Jobs

Leander Kahney, editor and publisher of Cult of Mac and author of the New York Times bestseller Inside Steve’s Brain, provides a fascinating interview about Steve Jobs from John Sculley, former CEO of Apple.  It’s amazingly frank; among other things, Sculley suggests it was a “big mistake” to hire him to run the company when…

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Our Memories Are Cloudy

In graduate school I conducted a psychology study on sports recall that showed participants could remember every Super Bowl/World Series/Final Four team over the previous 10 years.  What’s more, with a little work, some of them could remember the score, the most valuable player, or even the date the game took place.  While I was…

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