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Copycat To Copyright: Marginal Innovations Are More Disruptive Than You Think

Examples of disruptive innovation tend to get more press attention than marginal innovations. Disruptive innovations are rare–less than 1% of innovations can qualify as the disruptive sort–and they are more exciting because of their impact and the often charismatic business leaders who bring them to life. But glitz and glamour aside, maybe there’s something to be said for marginal innovation.

Nanotechnology to outer space: ten top tech innovations of 2014

Don’t be mesmerised by cool apps and flashy new gizmos – the top technology inventions of the year are ones that will have a lasting effect. Most are advances in fields that are already changing us. Some will have immediate impact; others are portents of transformations that may take decades to complete.

What To Change About Teaching and Learning in 2015

Kyle D. Bowen, Penn State University's Director of Education Technology Services, is a leader in the development of technology for the enhancement of teaching and learning. His work has focused on tools that support student engagement and success, both in his current role at PSU and in his previous post at Purdue University, where he led the development of the Purdue Studio applications.

Making commercial and recreational drones safe

The Potential for unmanned aircraft — also known as drones — to make life easier is tantalizing, eliciting images of tiny package-delivery devices zipping around town so UPS trucks wouldn’t have to. On the other hand, as The Post’s Craig Whitlock reported, the Federal Aviation Administration has received 25 reports of drones nearly striking manned aircraft in the past six months, often near airport runways. So should the government crack down or loosen up? In fact, it should do both.

Scientific advancement takes time to develop

Science is full of trial and error, and sometimes I focus too much on what has yet to come, which isn’t always a bad thing. I fail to remember that right now we are making progress. Right now we have achieved plenty and we should focus on that progress and not be bogged down by the things we wait in vain for.

Futuristic Laser Weapon Ready for Action, US Navy Says

The next generation of futuristic weapons has arrived. The U.S. Navy announced that its high-tech laser weapon is ready to disable and destroy enemy drones and small boats, should the need arise. The 30-kilowatt laser weapon system (LaWS) is housed aboard the USS Ponce, a naval vessel stationed in the Arabian Gulf— a body of water located south of Iraq that separates the Saudi Arabian peninsula from Iran.

Professors Grow Weary of Idea That Technology Can Save Higher Ed

Some college faculty members believe investing in education technology such as computers and digital projectors will cause more harm than good. Not that professors have completely resisted the trend. Nearly 75 percent have tried a new technology in their classes in the past year, according to a survey of 1,600 of them...

How Technology Could Help Fight Income Inequality

Rising income inequality has set off fierce political and economic debates, but one important angle hasn’t been explored adequately. We need to ask whether market forces themselves might limit or reverse the trend. Technology has contributed to the rise in inequality, but there are also some significant ways in which technology could reduce it.

Still Wondering if Technology Will Change Education Proves We're Already Too Far Behind

There is a great deal of debate about whether or not technology will revolutionize education. To me the debate itself points out a problem. With the number of free and low-cost educational resources that technology has made available it should have, at least to an extent. The fact that it hasn't points to a problem with the system overall.

Why we need joy in education

We need a balanced approach between technical ability in STEM and critical analysis of classic literature that has stood and will stand the test of time. While building a strong capacity to reason from evidence and apply knowledge to a wide array of situations, it is paramount to hone the ability to communicate, both in speech and in writing — in a way that is nuanced, clear and comprehensive.

The enigma of presidential “space” politics

We all want presidential leadership, but we can’t wait for a “magical presidential moment” that may never come again. In reality, the success of Kennedy’s speech was almost completely dependent on a particular moment in time and political (and other) circumstances that occurred in the 1960s.

Congress Must Act and Pass Advanced Manufacturing Bill During Lame Duck

In the last decade, the United States’ share of the global manufacturing sector has dropped as well. Countries such as South Korea, China, Japan and Germany have a larger share of the advanced manufacturing sector than the United States, and each of these countries has a positive trade balance in advanced manufacturing products. In contrast, the United States had an $81 billion trade deficit in 2010.

In the Digital Age, Science Publishing Needs an Upgrade (Op Ed)

Quick quiz, which is bigger: the global music industry or scientific publishing? You may be surprised to learn that the music industry racks up $15 billion each year in sales, whereas scientific publishing quietly brings in $19 billion. This "under-the-radar" colossus gets very little attention, yet influences us all.

Why Corporate Innovations Fail

Iliya Rybchin of the Highnote Foundry and formally of Bloomberg discusses where innovations break down in the corporate world.

Why Isn't Academic Research Free to Everyone?

Scholarly articles, filled with indubitable knowledge and analysis, only exist for the general public behind pricey paywalls. So one lecturer is advocating for them to be free of charge.

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