Category: Inventor tools

5 Tips Using Evernote to Organise Research

Organising data is a huge part of research. We organise our resources, our data, our samples, and if you’re as crazy as I am, you even organise your supplies and supplier data. It’s part professionalism, part achievement, part competition to see how efficient we can really be. I could organise it on my desktop, but …

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Home lab: Making room in a small space

Have you ever wanted a home lab? If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent your life trying to make room for various things you want to do. In my world, science was no exception to the rule. I was usually trying to find space for some experiment or another. It’s a constant struggle, and one …

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A New Look Grant Cycles Using PageRank Systems

Grant cycles are, for the most part, a bane of a researcher’s existence. We spend countless wasted hours writing, editing, submitting, reviewing, and hoping for funding. Associate Professor Johan Bollen at Indiana University’s School of Informatics and his colleagues have come up with an interesting supplement to the traditional peer-review system that can streamline the …

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Testing the limits [Invention Cycle]

So far in the invention process you’ve worked your way around  — and back and forth — along the cycle a few times. You’ve examined the problem, researched some solutions, and even drafted designs. In this test we’re going to look more at testing your drafted design, which as you can guess will lead you …

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Researching solutions to the problem [Invention Cycle]

In the previous step of the invention cycle you learnt how to get beyond wishy-washy thoughts to listing the actual problem. Now, it’s time to find a solution… and see if that solution is really an invention you can patent. To do this we’re going to break this into two parts: researching a solution and …

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