Top 20 most important inventions in the history of food and drink

Science experts rank the refrigerator as Invention #1.

The UK’s national academy of science, The Royal Society asked a question: What are the most meaningful innovations in humanity’s culinary history? What mattered more to the development of civilization’s cultivation of food: the oven? The fridge? The plough? The spork?



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32 technological innovations that will change your tomorrow


The electric light bulb was a failure.

In the early 1800’s, the British chemist Humphry Davy invented the light bulb but it was a failure.  The light bulb spent almost 80 years being passed from one researcher to another.  Finally, in 1879, Thomas Edison figured out to to make a light bulb that people would buy.  But the technology wasn’t an immediate success.  Another 40 years later the electric utilities were stable and profitable businesses.  The light bulb only happened because the utilities created other reasons to use electricity.  They found a lot of uses for electric motors and the electric toaster and electric curling iron were invented.  They also built Coney Island.  And they installed electric streetcars lines in towns.   All of these other gadgets gave us the light bulb.

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Creating a ‘Ripple in the Force’ of the Power Industry


Futurist Thomas Frey: Working with many early stage inventors, I often have the privilege of seeing some truly remarkable inventions and innovations. A few days ago I was shown a technology that snugly fits into that remarkable category, one that has the potential to radically transform the way cars and other vehicles are powered. In fact, vehicles using this power source will never need to stop and refuel.

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5 whimsical workspaces in Inventionland


George Davison, founder and chief executive officer of Davison International.

Davison International Inc., a 285-employee company that designs and creates kitchen gadgets, toys and other consumer products, relocated in 2006 to a 61,000-square-foot building in Pittsburgh, Pa. Its interior, which followed a year-long, $5 million renovation, is intended to encourage creativity and a positive attitude among staff. One third of its inventions are its own creations. The remainder are commissioned by third parties. (Pics)

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Quirky – new crowdfunding site may be the next big thing in retail innovation


Ben Kaufman, founder of Quirky

There are a lot of  young kids who want to be inventors. But, when most of the young kids grow up they either grow out of wanting to be an inventor or resign themselves to the excuse that it is the work of only dreamers. When we were younger, we had playful, creative lessons in school on famous inventors like Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Walt Disney.


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Countdown to the Big Event – The DaVinci Inventor Showcase on November 5th

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Deadline for Exhibiting at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase is Friday, Oct 28th

It all starts with an epiphany. Every invention begins with a single “eureka moment” or some “brilliant revelation” that causes the inventor to take action.

These epiphanies become the idea seeds planted by inventors around the world. But we can only wish the process was as simple as adding water and fertilizer and waiting for the ideas to spring to life.

Inventions are not just patents to be hung on a wall. They are the starting point for a new business enterprise. So, not only does the inventor have to figure out how to create a working product or device, they also have to drive it forward, creating a business model that will enable it to survive. And that’s where the DaVinci Institute comes in.

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OECD warns quality of patents ‘falling dramatically’


Companies are filing overly broad patents on obvious ideas in the hope that one day the technology will become feasible.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development reports that “the quality of patent filings has fallen dramatically over the past two decades. The rush to protect even minor improvements in products or services is overburdening patent offices. This slows the time to market for true innovations and reduces the potential for breakthrough inventions.”


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