An Inventors’ Boot Camp

Denver Business Journal reports, “Inventors face a tough road trying to turn a profit, and the DaVinci Institute is trying to help them by using military-style tactics. With the goal of breaking down inventors’ false hopes in the morning and building up realistic ones in the afternoon, the institute will host its first “Inventors’ Boot Camp” on March 9.

“We’re dumping a lot into one seminar in one day,” said Thomas Frey, DaVinci executive director. “I think of the ruggedness of boot camp — it will be emotionally draining, but it will be emotionally stimulating.”

Frey said the workshop will be a very realistic portrayal of the inventing process.
“We’re trying to give people the straight scoop,” Frey said. “This is not a get-rich-quick theme.”

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Historical Note – Richard Phillips Feynman – One of the Space People

Born: May 11, 1918, NewYork, USA
Died: February 15, 1988, Los Angeles, USA

Richard Feynman was one of the greatest theoretical physicists of his generation. He developed pictorial representations of space-time behavioural probabilities of particle interactions, now known as Feynman diagrams and worked out how to combine quantum ideas with electromagnetic theory. More about the other Space People here.
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Future Trends and Forecasts

The World Future Society focuses attention on two major trend areas—Aging and Biotechnology—which span across a wide range of other important trends. As the world marks the remarkable achievement of 1 billion people over age 60 by 2020—and 2.2 million centenarians by 2050—look for incredible challenges in the health-care system, as well as opportunities in the economy. Much of the success of increased longevity is due to biotechnology, which will lead to such breakthroughs as “immortal skin” for burn victims and organ and tissue regeneration.

Read more about the WFS top 10 forecasts for 2002.

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Inventor Boot Camp to Launch in Two Weeks

This one-day intensive workshop is designed to give serious inventors the straight scoop on how to take an idea and bring it to market. The Inventor Boot Camp is a one-of-a-kind event with one of the best presentation staffs in the invention industry. Created by a crack team of innovative thinkers, the Boot Camp is an extremely powerful event. The Boot Camp launches March 9, 2002 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm in the Westin Hotel in Westminster, CO. Enroll now, only a few seats left.
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Antimatter Atoms Captured – First Time Ever

NewScientist reports, “Researchers at CERN think they have created and stored thousands of antiatoms in a particle trap. The researchers first used powerful magnetic fields to trap antiprotons then exposed this to a beam of positrons. Initial results indicate that at least some of the antiparticles have bound together to become neutral antihydrogen atoms. How cool is that?”
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Micro-Bull – No Bigger than a Red Blood Cell

SMH reportsScientists in Japan fashioned the model – the smallest sculpture ever created – using a sophisticated laser technique.

The “micro-bull” measures 10 micrometres long by seven micrometres high. One micrometre is equivalent to a thousandth of a millimetre.

It was constructed from plastic resin by two computer-controlled infra-red laser beams which traced its outlines.

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Thoughts on Parellel Universes

Scientists now believe there may really be a parallel universe – in fact, there may be an infinite number of parallel universes, and we just happen to live in one of them. These other universes contain space, time and strange forms of exotic matter. Some of them may even contain you, in a slightly different form. Astonishingly, scientists believe that these parallel universes exist less than one millimetre away from us.
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Inflatable Speakers

The Ellula Inflatable speakers are unique for two reasons, one being that they are fully inflatable, you need to blow them up to tune in and secondly, they can be collapsed completely for travelling.

Each set of speakers includes an amplifier and a power adapter with GB plug. The Inflatable Speakers can be used in connection with various pieces of equipment, including most Personal CD Players, Personal stereos, MP3 players and Mini Discs and are PC and Mac compatible. Excellent for the office at home or on the move as their compact size when deflated, means carrying them in your luggage is not too bulky, perfect for meetings and business trips.
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The Norwegian Leonardo Project

In 1502 Leonardo da Vinci did a simple drawing of a graceful bridge with a huge span of 240 meters. It was a design commissioned by Sultan Bajazet II to span the Golden Horn, an inlet at the mouth of the Bosporus River in what is the modern nation of Turkey. It was never built. When Vebjørn Sand saw the design in an exhibition on da Vinci’s engineering genius in 1996, he was overwhelmed by the beauty of the design. His great gift to the people of Norway was his ability to communicate this vision to the public sector.
More about The Bridge here
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The Wiring’s on the Wall

The downside to being wired at home is, well, finding a place for all the wires. But an upstart company called DeCorp promises to make things easier. Its innovation: FlatWire Ready wiring — electrical, audio, and cable wiring built into a ribbon no thicker than a business card. Demonstrated this year, FlatWire mounts right onto a wall and can be covered with paint or wallpaper, just like drywall tape. Available late this year; price not set.
http://www.popsci.com/bown/home_46_flatwire.html
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