Learn With Elaine: Inventing Post-it Notes

An accidental innovation, Post-it Notes had a massive economic impact through the private and social returns that they created.

An Innovation That Stuck

Accidentally inventing the Post-it Note, two scientists and one large corporation demonstrated where an innovation can take us.

Why Hydration Was Invented

Decades ago, before anyone started thinking about hydration, we were okay. But now, we go nowhere without our water bottles. Why? Inventing Hydration Many of us have been told to drink eight 8-ounce cups of water a day. Known as…

How a Contest Can Encourage Ingenuity

In Taiwan, for two days, people whose name was “salmon” (and five of their friends) got all-you-can-eat sushi. Offered by a sushi restaurant chain, the promotion created “salmon chaos.” Because you just needed an identity card that included “gui yu” (the…

January 2021 Friday’s e-links: The Story of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

First among our January e-links, this feel good Flamin’ Hot Cheetos story is about a janitor, a CEO, and the American Dream.

The Vials That We Need For Vaccines

As a somewhat invisible part of COVID-19 science, we’ve been developing and producing billions of super strong vaccine vials.

Why We Could Have Twist Tie Tariffs

Just like Alaskans have many words for snow, Bedford Industries has a lot of names for twist ties. There are spooled ties and poly twists, clip bands and double wire tin-ties. And that was only the beginning. I copied some…

How Vinyl and Streaming Are Similar

Changes in recorded music sales were fueled by new formats that started with vinyl and eventually became streaming.

How the Tesla (Factory) Is Like the Model T (Factory)

Separated by 100 years, mass producing Teslas and mass producing Model T Fords reflect the innovation that makes an invention available.

Why a Paper Towel Is Like a Toyota

Pre-coronavirus manufacturing efficiencies were beneficial until a pandemic spike in demand led to paper towel shortages.