Innovation

The Five Keys: New Materials (2016)

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In the last two centuries alone, mankind has witnessed an explosion in the production of new and entirely synthetic materials - most significantly the plastics that now occupy a prominent place in our everyday lives. But with the advent of nanotechnology, everything we have achieved so far may have been just the beginning.

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00:50
The Five Keys: New Materials

Pippo the Fool

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The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence was a marvel of art, architecture, and engineering. But it lacked a finishing ornament, a crown--a dome! The city fathers had a solution: to invite the finest masters to compete for the chance to design a dome. The rumors of this contest reached the ears of Filippo Brunelleschi, better known in Florence as Pippo the Fool. As soon as he heard about the contest, Pippo knew it was the chance he had been waiting for. "If I can win the contest, I will finally lose that nickname once and for all!"

Pippo the Fool

The Day-Glo Brothers

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Learn about the extraordinary journey that led two brothers to the discovery of a whole new kind of color, one that glows with an extra-special intensity--Day-Glo.

The Day-Glo Brothers

Productivity: Can We Get More For Less? (2012)

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In the 1970s, businesses struggled with rising energy costs, newly imposed environmental regulations, and inflation that contributed to the slowing of productivity. By 1980, a new group of economists called "supply-siders" were calling for government deregulation to spur productivity, amidst great objections from Democrats and some economic experts.

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High
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00:29
Productivity: Can We Get More For Less?

Economic Growth: Can We Keep Up the Pace? (2012)

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By 1916 Henry Ford's assembly line had lowered the price of the Model T to $360, making it affordable and increasing its production exponentially in two years.

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High
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00:28
Economic Growth: Can We Keep Up the Pace?