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Exploring Innovation & Inventing With Falk Wolsky

On Episode 109 of The Edge of Innovation, we’re talking with Chief Innovation Officer Falk Wolsky, about innovation and inventing!

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From the Archives: Introduction to Cryptocurrency

On Episode 107 of The Edge of Innovation, we’re digging in our archives to bring back our most popular podcast – “Introduction to Cryptocurrency.”

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Dean Kamen Thinks His New Stirling Engine Could Power The World

For the new issue of Forbes Magazine I wrote an article about David Crane, the visionary CEO of NRG Energy. When I met Crane for lunch a couple weeks ago, no sooner had we sat down than he began singing the praises of this new contraption he had in his basement. The machine — which can generate 10 kilowatts of continuous power, fed by Crane’s natural gas line, is a new iteration of an old creation, the Stirling engine. This version, called the Beacon 10, was created after a decade of engineering by famed inventor Dean Kamen. I caught up with Kamen (who is best known for creating the Segway scooter) over the phone last week to ask him about the device. We’ve turned his …

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Dean Kamen Thinks His New Stirling Engine Could Power The World

No Crankshaft, No Problem: Toyota’s Free Piston Engine is Brilliant

Let’s get one thing straight: The variable-valve-timing, direct-injection, turbo-wonderful powerplant in your new car is not cutting-edge. Despite the complexity of the modern engine, the fundamentals haven’t changed since Grover Cleveland was in office. Pistons turn a crankshaft that eventually spins your car’s wheels. Yawn. Electrically driven cars are the future. But until we have cheap, 1000-mile batteries, we still need range-extending fossil-fuel engines. Those devices don’t need to turn wheels, just generate juice. The simple solution is to strap a generator to a piston engine, as BMW did with the two-cylinder range extender in its i3 EV. But if the engine never turns a wheel, there’s no need for it to rotate anything. Why not cut out the …

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No crankshaft, no problem: Toyota’s free piston engine is brilliant

The inventor of Comic Sans tells the story behind the world’s most-hated font

The inventor of Comic Sans tells the story behind the world’s most-hated font.

Comic Sans, the font we all love to hate, has an interesting story, which was recently told by its very creator on stage of the most recent edition of the Boring conference. The legendary font made the rounds again a few months ago when graphic designer Craig Rozynski developed its doppelganger – Comic Neue. Comic Sans was created for a short-lived Windows interface called Microsoft Bob. It featured a cartoon dog character who spoke to computer users through speech bubbles. The words inside the speech bubble were rendered in Times New Roman, which didn’t look right to Connare (the font creator). He thought a cartoon dog should…

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The inventor of Comic Sans tells the story behind the world’s most-hated font

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