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5 05, 2021

The story of the Vasa, the innovative ship that sunk immediately

By |2021-05-05T17:48:26+02:00May 5th, 2021|Curiosity|0 Comments

What happens when the scope of a project is constantly changed? Well, usually complete and utter failure. In 1626, the King of Sweden Gustavus Adolphus was at war with Poland-Lithuania. In order to show Sweden's strength and naval dominance, he ordered the construction of one of the most powerful naval ships ever built. The Vasa. [...]

23 04, 2021

Fascinating idea: Would we buy carbon-neutral products if they were 2% more expensive?

By |2021-04-23T09:41:41+02:00April 23rd, 2021|Curiosity|0 Comments

I just came across this fascinating TED video by Jens Burchardt, BCG's global expert on climate impact and low-emissions technologies. In it, he shows how much more expensive it is to produce carbon-neutral commodities, like steel. However, he also shows how small changes in our spending habits could have a huge impact on the advancement [...]

13 04, 2021

Why physicists are excited about potentially being wrong

By |2021-04-13T19:16:50+02:00April 13th, 2021|Curiosity|0 Comments

Usually, people are terrified about being wrong. But based on a breakthrough announcement in particle physics, thousands of scientists are thrilled about the prospect of some of our most deeply held beliefs being proved wrong last week. A team at Fermilab, a particle accelerator on the outskirts Chicago has recently announced new findings which hint [...]

29 03, 2021

Planned Obsolescence: How companies are deliberately making their products worse

By |2021-03-29T18:47:28+02:00March 29th, 2021|Curiosity|1 Comment

If you ever had the feeling that products don't last as long as they used to, you might be right. It turns out that in order to keep consumers buying products year after year, some companies are actually deliberately reducing the quality of their products. In some especially nefarious situations, these companies may be updating [...]

26 03, 2021

Generative Design: A new form of computer creativity

By |2021-03-26T16:46:14+01:00March 26th, 2021|Curiosity|0 Comments

Up until recently, most of the things we bought were designed by humans. Cars, computers, cans, chairs and cathedrals. Everything could be traced back to an individual or team who set out to design products with the ideal the combination of form and function. However, recently software has begun to find new ways to design [...]

16 03, 2021

Is Zoom video a competitor to Hugo Boss?

By |2021-03-16T17:21:01+01:00March 16th, 2021|Curiosity|0 Comments

Last weekend, I went into a clothing store for the first time in months. And I noticed that the cost of suit jackets, even for luxury brands like Hugo Boss, was significantly lower than I remember. Yes, there are sales on everywhere to try and get people to spend money at retail again, but this [...]

23 02, 2021

Stunning video of NASA’s Perseverance rover touching down on Mars

By |2021-02-23T14:29:38+01:00February 23rd, 2021|Curiosity|0 Comments

If you want to see an example of technical innovation, you need to see this video of NASA's latest rover touching down on the surface of Mars. In these 3 minutes, you see the result of hundreds of thousands of hours of human innovation and billions of dollars in research & development, to gently lower [...]

16 02, 2021

The importance of deliberate practice

By |2021-02-16T16:46:29+01:00February 16th, 2021|Curiosity|0 Comments

A lot of people think that in order to get better at something, you need to practice. What most people fail to realise though is how important it is to do the right type of practice. Take this example: Who would be a better driver? Someone with 45,000 hours over 25 years of experience driving, [...]