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Top Nine Invention Stories from March

March marks Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day celebrations around the world. At Intellectual Ventures, we commend the contributions of women to the field of invention, and work to support more women and girls to pursue careers in STEM. As IV President and COO Adriane Brown has aptly said: “I believe that collaboration of great, diverse minds is how we will solve our world’s toughest challenges and create breakthrough technologies.” 

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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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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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It's What's Inside That Counts: the Arktek Revealed

In this video, we’ll show you how we told the story of the magic behind — or rather inside — the Arktek™, which received a USPTO Patents for Humanity Award in 2016. 

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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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Inspiring the Next Generation of Women in STEM with the Expanding Your Horizons Network

As IV President and COO Adriane Brown once said, “it is important to recognize that we as a company, a country, and as a world community must do better to encourage women to pursue educations and careers in STEM fields.” Intellectual Ventures is committed to adding more women voices to the world of invention. That’s why we have partnered with Expanding your Horizons Network (EYHN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing gateway STEM experiences to middle and high school girls that spark interest in STEM careers. 

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A Woman of Many Firsts, Marie Curie Embraced the Unknown

By any measure, Marie Curie was one of the most revolutionary scientists in history. In 1903, she became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She was also the first person to be honored with two Nobel Prizes, and she remains both the only woman to win twice and the only person to win in multiple sciences. 

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How a Seattle Doctor is Taking the Fight Against Breast Cancer Global

Breast cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, with approximately 1.7 million new cases diagnosed each year. It is a disease that does not discriminate based on racial and ethnic groups, experiences or age. With 58 percent of deaths from breast cancer occurring in developing countries, it is also a disease that crosses international lines. In fact, breast cancer is increasing rapidly in the developing world, where cases are often diagnosed in late stages and treatment options are severely limited. 

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The U.S. May Lead the World in Invention, but There's More We Need to Do

Decades of research demonstrate that diversity is a key driving force for innovation, fostering creativity and creating an environment where “outside the box” ideas can be heard. Yet, statistics show a harsh reality of missed opportunity: diversity in invention is seriously lacking for both women and minorities, today and throughout history.

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News You Can Use: Don’t Just Think Big, Think Different

As Senior Vice President of Global Good and Research Maurizio Vecchione remarks, “innovation requires looking at a problem from a new perspective.” Our favorite links this month tell stories of outside-the-box thinkers — from students and scientists to mathematicians during the space race and even a 19th-century English noblewoman — whose unique outlooks on complex problems led to life-changing solutions.

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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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The Next Generation of STEM Superheroes: Meet Ayantu, Ray and Aisha

Superheroes venture into unexplored territory, overcome obstacles, and improve the world around them. At the Intellectual Ventures Lab, we think of ourselves in a similar way. Using our science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) superpowers, we invent real-life gadgets that could save and improve the lives of millions of people across the planet. 

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Colin McNelis, 17, Invents to Solve Your Problems

Ever had your phone charger bite the dust at the most inopportune moment? Tempted fate with a partial charge because you didn’t have enough time wait for a full battery? Colin McNelis has a solution for that – and he’s only 17.

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Igniting Curiosity in Discovery: Pacific Science Center and the Festival of the Fountains

As a company committed to fostering a culture of innovation, we’re always looking for ways to support that same enthusiasm throughout the communities in which we live, work and play. On July 22, 2016 a group from Intellectual Ventures (IV) joined in the celebration at the 50th annual Festival of the Fountains under the historic arches of the Pacific Science Center to do just that. 

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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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Empowering Girls to Pursue STEM with Expanding Your Horizons

At Intellectual Ventures, we take pride in encouraging the next generation of inventors through mentorship and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. That’s why we sponsor several local conferences run by Expanding Your Horizons, a nonprofit organization committed to providing STEM workshops to middle and high school girls that spark interest in STEM activities and careers. All across the country, EYH is inspiring girls to recognize their potential and pursue opportunities in STEM. Several IV employees volunteered at local EYH conferences over the last month to present on the value of invention and innovation in STEM-related fields, and to foster a passion for STEM among local middle and high school girls. 

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Women’s History Month

In recognizing women’s history month, I commend the women who have sought out progress, whose inventions have changed and inspired the world. Women like Marie Curie, Grace Hopper, Mae Jemison and Emmy Noether are demonstrative of the vital contributions women have had on the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).   

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Behind the Breakthrough Answers: The Influence of Mentors

At Intellectual Ventures, we’ve talked extensively about the importance of mentors. From Nathan Myhrvold’s relationship with Steven Hawking to Adriane Brown’s encouragement of mentorship for students everywhere, engaging with role models can unlock incredible opportunities for personal and career growth.

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Fostering a Passion for STEM with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue

At Intellectual Ventures, we take pride in encouraging the next generation of inventors through mentorship and STEM education. That’s why we’re proud to sponsor the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue, a network of local clubs that provides enriching programs for kid’s ages two to 19 years old through 11 Clubhouses throughout the city. In partnership with IV, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue is reaching more kids more often with life-changing STEM programs.

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Advancing Society: Women and STEM

At IV, we recognize that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education can have life changing implications for students. And as IV president and COO Adriane Brown points out, the importance of STEM education for young women cannot be overstated. That’s exactly why we’re such huge fans of Marie Curie, the first female winner of the Nobel Prize. Her work led to the development of cancer treatments, advanced x-rays and so much more. 

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Behind the Breakthrough Answers: “What advice would you give to young inventors?”

Since our Behind the Breakthrough series began, we’ve profiled 14 innovative thinkers, scientists, and, of course, inventors. While each individual told a unique and compelling story, we’ve identified some common links between them. On this Behind the Breakthrough – the start of a new journey for the series – we’re featuring the inventors and thinkers who gave advice to young inventors and innovators about tapping into their full potential and positively transforming society. Here’s a recap of their advice:  

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Developing a Technological Mindset

Landing a dream job is, well, everyone’s dream. But how do you get there? This is a question IV Lab wanted to answer. It turns out there’s probably not a cut and dry path. For some, it’s taking challenging educational course work and for others, it’s the eye opening internship or other life experience. And for most of us, it’s likely a combination of factors.

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Back to School with STEM and Mentorship

The end of summer means that students of all ages are getting their room and course assignments, maybe choosing an outfit for the first day of school and anticipating all a new year brings. It also offers another important opportunity to remember how critical mentoring students and helping them to pursue their STEM education-related goals are to helping ensure a strong and innovative future workforce.

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From Ireland to Bellevue: 2015 BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Winner Visits IV

The potential of young inventors to change our world is truly unlimited. Take for example, Elle Loughran, a teenage inventor from Ireland. Even by exceptionally bright young inventor standards, Elle stands out. Her work on developing a biosensor that could help to diagnose certain types of brain tumors won her the IV Insightful Invention Award at the 2015 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

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Next Gen Inventing: StudentRND and CodeDay

24 hours (straight). 25 cities (at once). More than 10,000 innovative youth setting their minds to developing something new (in teams). What could be better for the future of invention? At Intellectual Ventures, we take pride in mentoring the next generation of inventors. So when an event commits to jumpstarting a lifelong interest in inventing among students, we’re quick to take notice.

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News You Can Use: Encouraging Youth Inventors

For this installment of News You Can Use, we’re featuring stories about young inventors and initiatives that support developing the next generation of innovators.

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Empowering Women through STEM During Women's History Month

During Women’s History Month, it’s important to take the time to honor women leaders who have paved the way for our present-day success. I also want to mark the occasion by looking forward to a time where women and men will share equally in STEM degrees and jobs – and in inventing.

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News You Can Use: Universities Investing in Invention

Universities are innovation powerhouses. Armed with some of the world’s brightest minds—and with direct access to the next generation of scientists and technologists—they’re able to focus talent to develop solutions to a broad scope of challenges. 

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News You Can Use: Intellectual Property and Economic Growth

This week’s News You Can Use features stories that show how a strong intellectual property system supports economic growth. As a result, countries are prioritizing investment in innovation.

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Adriane Brown Awarded MIT’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award

Awarded annually to “students, alumni, staff, groups, and faculty who embody the spirit of Dr. King’s work,” Sloan Fellow and IV President and COO, Adriane Brown, was a recent recipient of the school’s Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award.

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