As founder and CEO Nathan Myhrvold remarks, “Inventions are the foundation of all technology.” The stories we’re loving this month offer the inspiration for amazing achievements – as grand as putting a man on the moon 47 years ago – made possible through the power of the idea. Check out some of the links we’re loving from July.

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Technology to Change the World

We were thrilled – but not surprised – to see Washington state ranked top in the nation for technology. Bonus: The article features an image from our very own IV Lab.

Metamaterials spinout Evolv demonstrated its groundbreaking technology with the promise to prevent mass casualty events. Check out the video on CNBC.

Kymeta CEO and president Nathan Kundtz wants to use metamaterials to change the world. He spoke with Puget Sound Business Journal to talk about bringing “a high-speed internet connection to anything that moves.

The People Behind the Idea

C-3PO and R2-D2 encourage participants in this video teaser for the DARPA Robotics Challenge, where teams design rescue robots.

We routinely profile inventors who failed before they succeeded, and this Entrepreneur article explains why breakthrough ideas are often met with resistance.

On the anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the Science Friday podcast discusses the little known story of the incredible contributions of women coders whose ingenuity saved the day on the moon landing. 

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