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Newsflash: Optimism is Both Down—and Up

While personal optimism is down 19 points, things are looking up in manufacturing. What do you think '05 will bring? According to a new ABCNews.com poll, personal optimism for the year ahead is down 19 points. Not surprisingly, optimism and pessimism within this poll are sharply divided across partisan lines. Those surveyed in that study must not be involved in making stuff, as another poll...

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The State of U.S. Innovation

Is the U.S. in danger of losing its edge in innovation? Get the facts that expose our vulnerabilities and trace the course of action that a leading coalition recommends: In recent years, we've been barraged with facts that seem to indicate that U.S. capacity to innovate is being eroded. Consider the following: * Today, government spending on research and development is only around 0.75% of gross...

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Idea Well Running Dry? Turn to Your Customers.

Companies are finding that their customers can be a rich source of inspiration. And they're not just collecting opinions, they're asking customers for help with product design and development: Listening to your customers is one thing, but letting them have a say in product development is another--and that's the trend that has been percolating for the past 5 years, says Trendwatching.com. In the...

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5 Major Trends in Product Design

From CAD's friendlier interface to holographic data storage on plastic, explore the five developments that will bring new light into the world of design: Peering into the near-term future of product design, Design News recently pinpointed the trends that will influence the way we create and innovate. Here are the 5 developments that are expected to put their imprint on 2005: 1) CAD...

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Engineering a Better Bike

It's full speed ahead for engineers when it comes to enhancing bicycle performance. Learn how they're building lighter and stiffer bikes, starting from Lance Armstrong's ride: Few people realize just how efficient bicycles are. "To put things into perspective, a car realizing the efficiency of a man on a bike at 15 mph would get around 900 mpg," Doug Cusack, senior research and development...

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Top 20 Innovators

They came, they saw, they left an indelible mark on industry. From the inventor of the mouse to the founders of FedEx, Intel and General Motors, here are the 20 greatest innovators of the past 75 years: To celebrate its 75th anniversary, BusinessWeek profiled the foremost innovators of the past 75 years. We picked the 20 that we thought have been the most influential on the industrial...

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They Made America. From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators

For a comprehensive look at genius at work, read They Made America. From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators--an illustrated history of American innovators. FROM THE PUBLISHER An illustrated history of American innovators--some well known, some unknown, and all fascinating--by the author of the bestselling The American Century. FROM THE CRITICS Dennis Drabelle - The...

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Transforming Ideas into Blockbuster Products

"Eureka!" moments rarely translate into breakthrough products. Fortunately, you can improve your chances by following a few steps: Inventors often get too much credit in the process of innovation, says a recent white paper from stategy+business and Knowledge@Wharton. In actuality, product innovations are driven not only by people working in labs but also by marketing experts and, most...

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6 Misconceptions about Creativity

Does money stimulate the flow of ideas? Does deadline pressure compel people to come up with brilliant insights? A Harvard Business School professor takes on what we think we know about creativity in the workplace: Teresa Amabile is quite simply a creativity expert. After all, she's explored business innovation for nearly 30 years, looking into how we can nurture the creative process. And as head...

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Using Video to Banish Clutter

A new software system employing an overhead video camera may soon help you sort and organize the piles of documents on your desk. Find out how this new technology will clear up the paper trail: Researchers from the University of Washington are bringing the advantages of the digital realm into the physical world--in particular, our workplace. Through a system that utilizes a computer and a video...

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