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How Ingenuity Is Art: Top Invention Stories from February

In 2002, Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space said, “The difference between science and the arts is not that they are different sides of the same coin… they are manifestations of the same thing. The art and sciences are avatars of human creativity.” 

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Top stories from January: How challenging assumptions leads to breakthroughs

Renowned professor and biologist Uri Alon once said, “In order to discover something truly new, at least one of your basic assumptions has to change.” This creative and outside-the-box thinking that scientific discovery demands is not an easy feat to achieve. It requires us to abandon a preconceived notion and embrace a new framework for looking at a problem.

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Metamaterials: Bending Nature

When Nathan Myhrvold calls something “the closest thing to magic he’s ever seen,” it warrants a second look. Metamaterials are a new frontier, one the New York Times said “the waves of the future may bend around,” and we are investing a lot of time in their success. 

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Happy Birthday to The Explorer Who Knows No Bounds

This week at IV, we celebrate the 75th birthday of a scientist who fundamentally changed how we think about the universe and has become an emblem of intellectual curiosity for scientists, thinkers and innovators alike.  

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IV’s Best Nine of 2016: Nine Pictures Worth 9,000 Words

The first photograph made in a camera was taken in the 1820s. Because of the early photographic process, the image is difficult to view. In fact, at first glance, it can be hard to see the image at all. However, if viewed from a specific angle and in specific lighting, the image’s unique story comes to life. Almost 200 years later, this notion that an image has the power to capture a pivotal moment in time if taken and viewed in the right circumstances still holds true. Some images need context. Others require the photographer to zoom in, zoom out, or even change the angle of the camera, to tell the full story.

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Cuba, Metamaterials, Silkworms and More: Twelve Must-Read Stories From October

At the GeekWire Summit 2016, Nathan Myhrvold said, “Every great idea starts off as a spark. We live in a society that has been completely technologically transformed by ideas that worked out.” Our favorite links this month tell stories of inventors and inventions that embody that kind of transformation. 

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Nathan Myhrvold at GeekWire Summit 2016

Intellectual Ventures founder and CEO Nathan Myhrvold joined journalists Tom Bishop and Alan Boyle last week for a “fireside chat” at the 2016 GeekWire Summit. The conference brought together more than 800 thought leaders to explore technological advancements and the future of innovation. 

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IV’s Favorite Inventions: The Babbage Machine

Visit the Intellectual Ventures Lab and you’ll find one of IV’s favorite inventions, the Difference Engine No. 2 or Babbage Machine. Consisting of 8,000 parts, weighing five tons and measuring 11 feet long, this particular invention is hard to miss. But its size isn’t the reason it has a home in the IV Lab foyer. The Difference Engine No. 2 is the earliest mechanical calculator and widely considered to be the world’s first computer

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News You Can Use: Summer Olympics Edition

This month we’ve celebrated and showcased STEM in our communities, and appreciated outstanding displays of tenacity and teamwork – traits inventors often share – from Olympic athletes in Rio. Check out some of the links we are loving from August. 

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Must-See Invention Movies for the Dog Days of Summer

Courage in the face of adversity, tenacity when the goal seems impossible and an undying commitment to progress – break out the popcorn and take in the inspiration, because inventors’ stories make for fantastic movies. Read on for some of our favorite invention movies – and then kick back and watch their trailers. 

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News You Can Use: One Small Step for Man…

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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The Intellectual Ventures Story – In 2 Minutes and 12 Seconds

“Inventions are the foundation of all technology. Almost every invention required a passionate advocate. Someone who championed the idea. Because as long as people have been inventing, there’s been someone who has said, ah, it’ll never work!” Nathan Myhrvold, founder and CEO.

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News You Can Use: June Edition

June was an exciting month for news. Intellectual Ventures founder and CEO Nathan Myhrvold shared his thoughts on how to make invention come to life at the Bloomberg Tech Conference, we celebrated National Dairy Month with a review of Global Good’s AI Shield, highlighted inspiring IV staff, and reviewed the state of global and American innovation. Check out some of the links we’re loving this June.

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IV CEO Nathan Myhrvold Keynotes Bloomberg’s Top Tech Conference on Invention

Intellectual Ventures founder and CEO Nathan Myhrvold set the stage as the opening keynote interview with journalist Ashlee Vance during last week’s annual Bloomberg Technology Conference that focused on inventors and invention in San Francisco, CA.

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Our favorite quotes from Nathan Myhrvold’s Science|Business speech

Today we’re featuring our favorite quotes from Nathan Myhrvold’s talk at the Science|Business Horizon2020 conference in Brussels during his recent trip to Europe. Nathan emphasized the importance of risk taking for innovation, as well as the critical need for continued government investment in basic science.

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Introducing “Failing for Success”

Thomas Alva Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Edison, undoubtedly one of the most prolific inventors in history, knew well that brilliant ideas rarely turn into a brilliant creation overnight and often take recurring trial and error to perfect. 

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News You Can Use: Intellectual Ventures in the News

It’s been a busy holiday season at IV. We opened our brand new state of the art Lab and announced the creation of the Technology Development Center in Singapore. All the while, we profiled some of the leading female STEM trailblazers, highlighted brilliant veteran inventors, and shared our 2015 Inventor’s Gift Guide.

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Move Over, Thomas Edison. Lowell Wood is Now America’s Most Prolific Inventor.

For more than a century now, the United States has been the most inventive nation in the world. And for the past century, the title of greatest—or in any case, most prolific—American inventor was held by Thomas Alva Edison. Most everyone knows that Edison invented the phonograph, the movie camera, and of course the incandescent light bulb, which to this day we still use as an icon to represent a bright new idea. Actually, Edison and his co-inventors came up with scores of different inventions for these things, as well as for better telephones and numerous ways to generate, transmit, and store electricity. They patented early and often. Between 1869 and 1933, Edison racked up an astonishing 1,084 U.S. utility patents, a record for American inventors that held for 82 years. Until now. 

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Nathan Myhrvold on Entrepreneurship and the Magic of Innovation

IV founder and CEO Nathan Myhrvold was recently featured alongside Richard Branson, James Dyson, and other transformative figures in a Thought Economics piece devoted to the possibilities of entrepreneurship. Founded by Vikas Shah, Thought Economics is a fascinating journal dedicated to interviewing some of the world’s leading thinkers and game-changers. The topics can range from culture and art to politics, science and technology, and any other subject impacting society. 

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IV In the Community – September and October

From Washington State to Washington, D.C., members of IV’s team will speak about innovation, inventing for impact and public-private collaboration. Check out what’s on the calendar below, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for updates from these events.

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Town Hall Seattle Recap: Nathan Myhrvold and Richard Thaler Discuss Behavioral Economics

Last month, IV founder and CEO Nathan Myhrvold met up with renowned behavioral economist Richard Thaler at Town Hall Seattle to discuss Thaler’s theories about how people, not “rational actors,” drive real-world economics.

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Our Favorite Quotes from Nathan’s Commencement Speech

This past weekend, IV founder and CEO Nathan Myhrvold addressed UCLA’s 2015 graduation as the ceremony’s keynote speaker. In his speech, Nathan encouraged graduates to take chances and embrace failure.

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Ebola’s Grim Reminder

Last summer, I watched with the same horror many felt as reports from West Africa emerged of Ebola’s deadly toll. The virus has devastated families, wreaked havoc on health systems and savaged economies. But to be frank, I’m much more worried that next time – and there will be a next time – it will be far worse.

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The Myth Buster

Intellectual Ventures (IV) founder and CEO, Nathan Myhrvold, is the subject of a trailblazing profile in the latest edition of Intelligent Life, the bi-monthly culture and lifestyle magazine from The Economist. Over several months, in three different countries and many an espresso, Nathan and reporter, Alex Renton, cover everything from his childhood definition of wealth to the rewards of being a generalist today.

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Watch: George Takei Visits IV Lab and Modernist Cuisine

To get a better picture of what’s happening within the wonderful world of invention, sometimes it’s nice to sit back and watch. View a few of our favorite videos highlighting the intellectual property business, science and research, and next-generation inventors. New this week: Actor and author George Takei chronicles his experience visiting Intellectual Ventures Laboratory and Modernist Cuisine's Cooking Lab.

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Global Leaders Chart the Future

The Boao Forum for Asia came to North America for the first time this year, and Seattle proudly hosted what’s become a prestigious gathering of the brightest minds in government, business, and academia.

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Defining a Disruptor

Last month, Clayton Christensen’s favored theory of disruptive innovation was ripped apart by the New Yorker, and then put back together again in Businessweek.

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Reflecting on Invention

Many a driver has been warned to, “Drive safe and look out for ice on the road.” But what exactly is it that we are looking for? That infamous “black ice” sometimes seems to have a cloaking mechanism. Until now that is.

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#Shelfies @IVInvents

“Selfie” might have been the Oxford Dictionaries designee for 2013’s word of the year, but at Intellectual Ventures (IV), we admit to being more partial to the rise of the “shelfie,” a photo of a favorite bookshelf shared on social media. Not to be confused with an April Fool’s joke, the #shelfie  has been referred to as the “ultimate antidote to the selfie” and first credited to the children’s book author Rick Riordan. So it’s probably no wonder then that a company with a place for everyone from paralegals to nuclear physicists has an equally eclectic taste in #shelfies. Here we review our five favorites at IV:

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Nathan Myhrvold on Mentorship

In my early twenties, when I was a postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University, I told my employer Stephen Hawking that I was going on a three month leave of absence. We were unlocking the mysteries of the universe together, and I wanted to part ways to go build a tech startup.

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