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The “super wolf blood moon” is a media and SEO invention

Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not represent the views of MSN or Microsoft. There is no such thing as a “blood moon.” It’s mo…
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How Can I Sell an Idea for Profit? Unlocking the Idea-Invention Dichotomy

Can you sell an idea? The short answer is yes, if you have a good idea and you do it properly. Just don’t expect to be able to rush to the finish line and receive a check before running the race. Resp…
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The US Military Is Apparently Behind The Invention Of The Cheeto

Sometimes, the food we take for granted has the weirdest origin story. Case in point: the invention of Cheetos, which happened with the involvement of the US military. Want to know the tale? Join us! …
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Southington family wins national invention contest: ‘Suddenly impossible dreams feel possible’

SOUTHINGTON — Local resident Jill White said she and her family have been waiting nervously to find out if they won a national invention contest they entered last year. This week White said her family …
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What’s the Purpose of it All? Determining Invention Disclosure Privilege

The CAFC has set forth two categories of communications “seeking legal advice” in the context of communications between inventors and attorneys: (1) seeking advice on patentability and (2) obtaining l…
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A culture of invention grows at FIU

Professor Stavros Georgakopoulos (pictured above) exemplifies FIU’s inventing culture. The College of Engineering and Computing faculty member started with a novel idea: integrate the principles of th…
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Keeping a Good Invention Notebook Still Makes Good Sense

Every invention starts out with an idea, but you cannot patent something that is merely an idea. In order to obtain a patent, the idea must mature into an invention. Think of it as crossing over the i…
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The Invention of Childhood

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The introduction of the Poor Law in the late 16th century, which introduced principles that would later become par

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Necessity Is Not The Mother Of Invention, This Is

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Posted: Dec 27, 2018 11:16 AM

Necessity is not the mother of invention, contrary to what the well known adage says. Everyone suffers under the same necessity for a given circumstance or relevant state of technology, and most people just accept the limitations of the present, adjusting their lives to them. Most people don’t invent, they just make the best of a situation. Others, however, are not satisfied with the way things are and want to find a better way.The real mother of invention is vision. Inventors don’t just see what is, they see what could be. Perhaps “inventor” is too restrictive a term. Innovator is a more generalized term, someone who makes anew, who doesn’t follow the old pattern, but makes a different, hopefully better one. It might be a consumer product, but it could just as well be a new business process to make a company more efficient or effective. It could be a scientific breakthrough that opens up whole new avenues for progress, but innovation itself doesn’t have to be ground shaking. The way that most products improve from crude but usable ideas is through tweaks and adjustments.I recently came upon a little gadget by accident, but it caught my attention. Guitar strings need to be changed periodically, and the process of turning the tuning keys is long and tedious by hand, having to turn the key many times. Hand winders that attach to the key and make the winding easier have

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Bird Box Is the First Great Monster Movie About This Poisonous Invention

Screenshot: NetflixHave you watched the new Netflix movie Bird Box starring Sandra Bullock yet? It’s been divisive, with some people saying they love it and other people claiming that they hate it. But I absolutely loved it, and I have a theory about one of the most difficult questions of the entire movie: What are the monsters, exactly?First, this is your chance to abandon this article if you haven’t seen the movie yet. I loved it and it reminded me of some fantastic 1990s limited TV-series adaptations from Stephen King like The Stand and The Langoliers. And if you want to see it with unspoiled eyes, go ahead and do that now.Again, this is your last chance to abandon this article, because there are major spoilers ahead. Last chance…Screenshot: NetflixOkay. Are the spoiler-phobics gone? Let’s get started.The monsters of Bird Box are social media. Seriously.Think of Bird Box as a new entry into the old-fashioned 1950s monster movie genre, but instead of the midcentury fears about the Cold War, nuclear weapons, and communism we’re exploring the New Cold War and fears of what social media is doing to our brains. By putting on the blindfolds, the characters of Bird Box are protected from the monsters, which are actually the influences of social media.Films like The Thing From Another World (1951), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (both the 1956 and 1978 versions), The Blob (1958), The Day of the Triffids (1962), and Them! (1954), are ostensibly monster movies—but they’re actually about the fear of communists infiltrating America, even though the movies don’t talk about the Soviet Union explicitly. The monsters of those old movies were stand-ins, just as the unseen monsters of Bird Box are stand-ins for one of our greatest fears today, the poisonous influence of social media.I know you might be thinking that I’m only seeing what I want to see in the movie—that the monsters are just a thing that I’m forced to think about every single day,

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