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How an interdisciplinary chef cooked up imaging technique. Norbert von der Groeben Adam de la Zerda developed a technique known as photoacoustic molecular imaging, which allows researchers to see cancerous tumors hiding under tissues. When Adam de la Zerda commuted home from his postdoctoral chemistry work at UC-Berkeley, he often stopped at a French restaurant in San Mateo. But he didn't join the other diners.

Instead, he headed for the kitchen where he swapped his lab books for cookbooks and stood in as a sous chef. "There's a lot of chemistry in cooking," said de la Zerda. Managing a spot as a sometime-sous chef isn't anyone's typical pastime, but it's characteristic of de la Zerda. Originally from Israel, de la Zerda was "dead set" on getting his degree in theoretical quantum physics when he applied for graduate school in electrical engineering at Stanford. Spurred by the loss of a good friend to cancer, de la Zerda wanted to improve treatment strategies. "There may be a million different things we can do with this," he added.

‎ Breaking the ISE: Mashup for Innovation Success. Mash-ups are an innovation power tool. Most breakthrough innovations are the result of combining concepts or ideas that at first glance would have no relationship with each other. Finding the relationship between concepts often breaks new ground. This article delves deeper into the concept of mashups and how you can work with it to achieve innovation success.

Mashup is slang for the blending of concepts or objects. Mashups can be done at any scale, from single product to full-scale business model. Examples In the 1970’s the cult hit movie Rocky Horror Picture Show mashed up two genres: the horror movie and the musical. Mashup thinking isn’t new. Why do mash-ups matter for innovation? Mash-ups are an innovation power tool. Here’s an example from the history of technology that shows how mashup thinking drove a truly breakthrough solution. Michael Michalko in his book Creative Thinkering cites a classic example of a mash-up from scientific history. Why are mashups hard to do? Against the grain. Breaking down Amazon’s mega dropdown. The hover effects on Amazon’s big ‘ole “Shop by Department” mega dropdown are super fast. Look'it how quick each submenu fills in as your mouse moves down the list: It’s instant. I got nerd sniped by this. Most dropdown menus have to include a bit of a delay when activating submenus. Here’s an old Khan Academy dropdown as an example: See the delay?

You need that, because otherwise when you try to move your mouse from the main menu to the submenu, the submenu will disappear out from under you like some sort of sick, unwinnable game of whack-a-mole. I love bootstrap, don’t get it twisted. It’s easy to move the cursor from Amazon’s main dropdown to its submenus. If the cursor moves into the blue triangle the currently displayed submenu will stay open for just a bit longer. At every position of the cursor you can picture a triangle between the current mouse position and the upper and lower right corners of the dropdown menu. I think it feels snappy. 2 | Inspired By Golf Balls, Nike's Bumpy Tracksuit May Help Sprinters Break Records.

The current record for the 100-meter dash is more than three years old. It was set back in 2009 by Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, who ran it in 9.58 seconds. The women’s record is even older--it was set by Florence Griffith-Joyner24years ago. Both records will be challenged by professional athletes in London two months from now, and Nike has unveiled the high-tech garment that will empower athletes from America, Germany, China, and Russia to do so. The TurboSpeed is a super-light track suit that Nike claims will improve 100-meter dash times by as much as .023 seconds. To put that into perspective, in the 2008 Olympics 100-meter men’s final, .023 seconds would have been the difference between a personal best and a world record for the winner, Usain Bolt.

It would have also been the difference between a 4th-place finish and a 3rd-place finish. Why Innovation By Brainstorming Doesn't Work. Eleven men and women file into a conference room and take their places around a large table. Coffee cups and pastries are assembled in front of them. George, the leader, steps up to a large whiteboard and scrawls across the top “SOAP STORM SESSION 9/18/12.” “Okay, let’s begin,” he tells the group. “Let’s just start free-associating.

What do we think of when we think clean laundry?” He asks. “To get the ball rolling, I’ll write a few words down,” he says and dashes off chore, piles, whites and brights, and fresh on the board. The meeting continues for about an hour, with more words and thoughts added. This scenario takes place every day in office suites around the world.

The conventional wisdom that innovation can be institutionalized or done in a formal group is simply wrong. You can see this clearly from the responses to “clean laundry” in my example. As I said earlier, the team should have been given the day off to do laundry. This was a mega consumer insight. Hangmat + bad = hangbad. Wat je krijgt als je een hangmat kruist met een bad? Vessel, een hangmatvormig bad dat de vloer niet raakt gemaakt van ultralicht, ultrasterk carbon. Het elegante ontwerp is van designstudio Splinter Works. via Contemporist. Beatles' Abbey Road cover in Calcutta traffic campaign. 19 February 2013Last updated at 03:53 ET The police has put up 40 hoardings carrying the Beatles' photo Police in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta are using the picture on the cover of the iconic Beatles album Abbey Road in a campaign to enforce road safety.

The picture shows the band members walking in single file on a zebra crossing in north London's Abbey Road. The slogan for the campaign reads: "If they can, why can't you? " The Beatles were photographed on Abbey Road in Ian Macmillan's famous cover shot for the 1969 album. The crossing is outside the Abbey Road studios, where the band recorded much of their music. Calcutta's traffic police has put up 40 hoardings carrying the Beatles image as part of a campaign to persuade people to use pedestrian crossings. "We wanted a catchy and appealing campaign, and we hit upon the idea of using the Beatles and cash in on their universal popularity.

"We will be able to tell after a couple of months whether the campaign worked. " Why An Apple iCar Is Actually a Great Idea | Cult of Mac Mobile. The New York Times‘ Nick Bilton reminded everyone recently what we previously learned from longtime Apple board member Mickey Drexler: Steve Jobs wanted to build an Apple iCar. People tend to dismiss the idea as a goofy pipe dream. In fact, not only is an Apple iCar a great idea, it’s perfectly aligned with Apple’s history and mission. Here’s how they should do it. An automobile performs several functions.

First and foremost, of course, it’s a conveyance — a device with a motor and wheels that transports human bodies, as well as groceries and golf clubs, from one place to another. Secondarily, however, a car is a content consumption device. People listen to the radio, digital music, audiobooks and more — or chat on the phone — while they’re in their cars.

So that’s what a car is. People think of Apple as a computer company, or more recently a consumer electronics company. When the world was stuck with IBM PC DOS-like command line user interfaces, Apple stepped in with the Lisa and the Mac. Cross-Industry Idea-Sharing: Download “Selling Through a Slump” E-Book. Sales 2.0 philosophy includes sharing good ideas and best practices, both internally and with prospects and customers. I’ve had some great conversations in the last few months with sales and marketing leaders as well as CEO’s about what is working in sales right now. Rather than making “sales calls”, I am making “information exchange” calls. Sharing valuable content - whether written or oral - is one way of building or strengthening trusted relationships with prospects and customers, especially at a time when budgets are tight.

It is often the case that I learn a great deal during these phone conversations about what companies are experiencing - and what creative new approaches they are taking to sales. Good ideas and innovative sales approaches can also come from outside your own industry. This e-book gives you this opportunity. We have had great success in client companies applying Sales 2.0 in many other industries, including health care, the vertical I wrote about in this e-book. Cross-industry Collaboration Spurs Innovation: Procter & Gamble as Example.

A great example of a group of companies that collaborate to innovate. Procter & Gamble initiated a learning consortium of companies who are making business intelligence and analytics a strategic choice, and therefore transforming their business operations. And even though such cross-company and –industry collaborations are difficult to sustain they spur innovation. Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald is very clear about the critical role for technology at P&G: He thinks better data analytics is at the heart of how P&G will improve productivity and make more innovative products. But to do that, companies need better analytics software. And that's why McDonald spoke Wednesday night at P&G's Cincinnati headquarters to a gathering of a few dozen top IT leaders from companies including Boeing, BP, Disney, FedEx, GE and Goldman Sachs.

Any such cross-company cooperation is difficult to sustain. We believe in unique combinations as foundation to spur innovation. 10 Things Business Leaders Should Learn From Educators. If you Google the words “what education can learn from” you’ll find articles ranging from “What Education Can Learn from the NFL” to “What Education Can Learn from Video Games” to “What Education Can Learn from Bernie Madoff.” But what has struck me is what business can learn from education. These are principles so valuable that the business world needs to take heed and learn from educators. Below are 10 principles and lessons I believe should be incorporated in every boardroom, every office, and every MBA program.

Lesson 1 – Know what you stand for. Educators stand for the belief that every child should have the tools to succeed – this applies to everything from basic literacy to graduation from high school to college and career preparedness. Today, the Common Core has been adopted by 46 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and the U.S. Lesson 2 – Perseverance. Educators know so well that “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up” and what you do when you get up. 10 Things Call Center Managers Can Learn from Psychologists | Talkdesk. Psychologists are experts at interacting with individuals, diagnosing problems, engaging in collaborative problem solving and communicating effectively. These are all skills that are required for a call center agent to perform their job effectively.

By learning and applying the right skills and techniques, a good call center agent can develop into an excellent agent. Below are 10 tips borrowed from the field of psychology that can improve the agent-customer interaction within a call center. 1. Develop an alliance An agent’s first priority should be to convey the message that they will be working collaboratively with the customer to meet their needs. 2. Agents should be able to understand the emotional reactions of the caller and have compassion for their situation. 3. Stay engaged in the conversation and take notes when necessary. 4. Active listening is a skill that requires focusing attention on the customer in order to understand the conversation. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. What Contact Centers Can Learn From Public Safety - Call Center and CRM Best Practices | CRMXchange Cyber Marketing. To the harried managers of a modern commercial contact center, it might seem like nothing could be more urgent than squeezing every bit of efficiency and productivity out of operations.

But they would be wrong. There is an environment in which the stakes are higher, where delivering top-notch “service” is an organizational number one priority. That is in the public safety sector, where callers are people in intense distress and the dispatcher is literally providing them a lifeline. Public safety centers are operational close cousins to commercial contact centers: they both rely on intelligently processing a high volume of inbound contacts at the lowest possible cost that is consistent with the highest available level of service. In some key respects, business centers can leverage the best practices of 911 emergency response centers that handle matters of life-and-death with a consistently high performance level.

What Transportation And Public Health Can Learn From Each Other About Changing Public Behaviors | Steve Miller's Blog. Which of the following is more likely to get you to drive slower down a street? Or to get the majority of car drivers on that street to slow down? · A talk with a friend about the dangers of speeding to yourself and others. · A newly posted sign announcing a lower speed limit. · A stop sign placed in the middle of the block. · A series of speed bumps along the road. Each of these might have an impact. So what? In the public health world, the environmental equivalents to road structure are the systemic patterns that make some things easy to do – the “default choices” – and others more difficult. And, as we all know, like New Year resolutions, dieting doesn’t work. As another health researcher has pointed out, “Personal life-style is socially conditioned. . . . Unfortunately, neither in transportation nor public health have the full implications of this reality been fully absorbed.

Dr. Will all this be enough?