One of America's favourite sons is slowly losing his reputation, and he might just deserve it.
Limitations improve creativity: we think up solutions we would never have thought of in a lab.
While today we sweat, early modern Europeans froze. Furs to the rescue.
We don't know much about the origins of most human achievements – scientific and otherwise. Like evolution, does progress occur as random insights are selected for or against?
A lack of "breakthrough" moments in innovation may be caused by the increase of specialised workforces.
It's been five decades of microwave popcorn and piping hot leftovers in home kitchens. A serendipitous discovery helped engineers harness radar to create this now ubiquitous timesaving appliance.
American slaves couldn't hold property – including patents on their own inventions. But that didn't stop black Americans from innovating since the beginning of the country's history.
Without Alan Blumlein's genius, most things would sound altogether different today.
The race to bring the jetpack to market exemplifies some of the highs and lows of sci-fi inspired innovation.
Science fiction can be good at predictiong soem of the technologies of tomorrow. But designers take note: not all those ideas are welcome.
Big data is about processing large amounts of data. It is often associated with multiplicities of data. But the ability to generate data outpaces the ability to store it.
The bubbles generated by Laureate Professor Graeme Jameson have been worth over $36 billion to the Australian economy. He has just received the 2015 Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation.
Poetry is at the heart of technology. Did not Pythagoras find the connections between beautiful music and mathematics?
“Who came first” may be a good game, but it doesn't lead to any clear answers.
Founded in 1790, the Patent Office aimed to put innovation and entrepreneurship within reach of every citizen. Now, 10 million patents later, critics say an out-of-touch system is doing the opposite.
Nobody loves patent trolls. But new legislation in Congress aimed at the trolls isn't necessary, since the effects of recent patent reforms are only starting to be felt.
What do pencillin, polythene and Mexican yam have in common?
Issues of energy and climate will be solved by engineering, not climate science.
What's behind the fall in the figures for patent applications in Australia? Is it just a lack of innovation or is something else to blame?
Because a photograph came from a machine – not a human hand – many were not entirely sure if it could be called art.