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Do you have an idea or some infomation that you would like to share that Innovative, fascinating, little known or ground breaking ?

I am looking for something that I have never come accross before. I am from the older generation and my work situation has enabled me to read an enormous amount. Just trying a shortcut. If you share I will too.
Please no religion(conjecture) or cynics(over it).

  • Nov 7 2013: Here are a few:

    1. Most countries and states have an unclaimed property department associated with their treasury that has a big searchable database that is free. Looking in these databases for your family and friends may be rewarding, but looking up charities, government entities, academic institutions, etc. may be surprising.

    2. You can buy very big plastic Fresnel lenses from Edmund Scientific(big enough to spot weld). I have always thought that building a small, floating solar water heating unit that was capable of converting saltwater to fresh was something 'doable' and may help a lot of people in remote areas.

    3. Information about genealogy and family lore that you record and share is a great gift at Christmas and a good conversation starter at family gatherings.

    4. Taking the top 200 digital photos you shot during the year, editing them, and then making a DVD with some Christmas Carols makes a good Christmas present. Also,put a black cloth and white cloth in your photo bag as temp backdrops and, oh yea, a tripod REALLY increases the sharpness of most photos, as will a timer.

    5. If you can learn to take pleasure in doing nice things for others, you will have the power to generate your own positive energy, and you may disprove the adage energy can not be created (in a sense). Think of it, with one good deed, you feel good, the recipient feels good, and anyone that witnesses the action feels good and perhaps that there is hope for humanity.

    6. Amazon sells a lot of used books for less than one dollar. Pick a subject, then sort on lowest price.

    7. Every task becomes a learning point is you know hoe to do it and share the knowledge with someone who has never done it before.

    8. Happiness starts from within.
    • Nov 8 2013: Love your mind Robert. Thanks for that. Great start I hope that I am able to return the favour.
  • Nov 19 2013: Yes Sir, I've got your "Innovative," "fascinating," "little known" AND "ground breaking"!

    Your're probably looking for something better than the mysterious Boonsburg Egg guy.
    And your're probably looking for somethinge even bigger than (Note the first pic here allows the easy "rolling" of the "smaller" square block.) (note that the huge blocks are moved by nothing more than elbow-grease and fulcrums)
    And then there's Miley Cyrus.

    But, seriously, I save the best of the best for last... !
    I suggest to 99% of everyone - to start with the introductions by Stan Tenen, Cynthia Gage, & Virginia Meyer, this page - and probably the original edit of his video "First Light."

    Note that this is smack in the middle of "religion"* (mostly the non-conjecture side, I think) & geometry**; so if you have an aversion to either, (or "either," if that's how you pronounce it), be forewarned, even his friends fall off his fence.

    And really, how can you ignore a self-embedded "Bagel Theory of reality," (his joke), that ties-together the Abrahamic faiths, the human hand, epigenetics, the gestural origin of language, a link between consciousness & physical reality, A.I., and possibly a dozen of the world's major "artifacts," ("Plato's Cave," "Newton's Apple," the Muslim Moon & Star, the "heart" symbol, & "Mt. Meru" [which could be the Sri Yantra in 3D - ]).

    * He does go to the Kaballa for hints once in a while, (he also went to the literally green-ink writings of some who claim to have been in UFOs). But he does seem to eventually tie his conclusions strongly together with the geometry of the shapes of the Torah letters, and does not wince at sharing his mistakes; as he says, he's really rediscovering this in pieces - in a slew of simple, elegant, and striking geometrical images.
    ** ...actually, 50.5% geometry - in my humble opinion.
    • Nov 21 2013: Thanks Steve. I was unaware of forgotten technology or meru.
      Will investigate!
  • Nov 8 2013: Hi Kieron, there are more atoms in a teaspoonful of water than there are teaspoons full of water in the Atlantic Ocean.
    Why have so many micro organisms evolved the ability to survive in interplanetary space if they've never been there?
    Why do the walls of the Sphinx enclosure at Giza seem to have been eroded by thousands of years of heavy rain?
    Science is knocking on the door of quantum computing, human cloning, martian colonies and contained fusion but still can't explain why hot water freezes faster than cold water.
    • Nov 10 2013: All good stuff Nik. Quantum physics eludes me unfortunately.
      Brian Greene's "The Fabric of the Cosmos" claims to have a few of the answers if only I could understand it.
      • Nov 13 2013: Aaahh it's wonderful stuff if you can get a taste for it, but I think looking for answers may be a bit optimistic. Einstein didn't believe it existed, Feynman said anyone who thought they understood the answer hadn't understood the question and it's most famous thought experiment (Schrodingers Cat), was designed to prove that the whole idea was preposterous. Wonderful, wonderful stuff.
        • Nov 14 2013: I have seen all the stuff Nic.I do have an interest in physics. I just don't quite have the brain power.
          My reason for posing the question is because we only find out about ideas because people are confident within themselves and because they publish.
          I suspect that there are a lot of people out there who have the idea but don't necessarily have the opportunity or the medium to put it out there. TED provides the medium and the privacy.
          For instance my main interest is the human condition and I believe that the major influence on the human condition throughout all time has been the incidence of psychopathy. Crazy eh?
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    Nov 8 2013: Yes, why don't we ever get to see baby pigeons?
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    Nov 7 2013: Kieron, if you love seeing lots of new and creative ideas each day, one interesting website to follow is Fast.Co. If you are interested in innovative or disruptive projects in cities, you could also check out the Sustainable Cities Collective or the BMW-Guggenheim Lab.
    • Nov 8 2013: Heading there now Fritzie. Thanks for that.