INNOVATION. [GMT+1 LONDON]

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THINGS THAT NEED NO INNOVATION:

1. The Roaming Marches / Day X.

2. Members of the Royal Family on the Civil List.

3. Andrew Lansley’s Privatization of the NHS.

4. DPM Nick Clegg’s Fiscal Stance With “Yellow Bastards.”

5. Downing Street.


INNOVATION. [GMT-8 LOS ANGELES]

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GOOGLE SUN

ROB: Hey can you check the weather for me?
BEN: Sure thing.

Ben turns around and looks at the window. It’s sunny and warm looking outside.

BEN: Looks like it’s partly sunny. High of 70.
ROB: Thanks.
BEN: How did they ever check the weather before Google decided to merge with the Sun?
ROB: I have no idea because Google Sun is freaking amazing.
BEN: Yeah, like, when it’s hot outside, Google Sun’s like, “Now you can step outside, and the heat of the sun will let you know how hot it is, based on how you feel.”
ROB: The weather plugin is pretty sweet. You download it, and if it’s raining outside, the sun will have this cute little cloudy theme that really provides like a gloomy atmosphere to match up with the weather.
BEN: I use it for infinity.
ROB: I use it for more than that. Like I use it not only for aesthetics, but as an informational tool. When it gets to be nighttime, Google Sun like completely goes away, telling me approximately what time of day it is, and whether or not it’s nighttime.
BEN: Wow. I just thought that was for decoration.
ROB: No. You can like use that information to tell whether you should go to work or to go to sleep.
BEN: That’s really good.


INNOVATION. [GMT-4 NEW YORK]

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SECULAR FAIRY TALES:

According to David Attenborough’s Life in the Undergrowth, scorpions are related to euryptids, or sea-scorpions, which are among the first terrestrial organisms trailing behind the horse-shoe crab. Despite the distinction in name, both creatures were aquatic at one point, though scorpions crawled ashore later to sire the modern equivalent, or true-scorpions. The transition to land requires dramatic changes in biology, some minor and others more dramatic; scorpions survived by developing a different breathing and feeding apparatus. Instead of open membranes underneath the abdomen that flapped around in the water to extract oxygen, as in aquatic scorpions, land species have membranes secured by chitinous plates which are perforated to allow passage of oxygen. Another anatomical difference in terrestrial scorpions is the presence of an outer structure over the mouth in which food is deposited, digested by gastric acids and then sucked up like a soup. This would have been impossible underwater. To this day, some scorpions can survive up to two days underwater, a useful remnant of their watery dealings in the past.


INNOVATION. [GMT+8 HONG KONG]

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INNOVATIVE USES OF THE COATHANGER

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Fig. A. To dry duck.

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Fig. B. To dry fish.