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Science @ Large!

Mohamed Babu from India, captured these amazing pictures last year after his wife noticed that ants turned white when they drank milk.
He dissolved sugar in food colouring solutions of red, green, blue and yellow and then placed them in his garden to attract ants. Some of them even moved between the different solutions, resulting in psychedelic colour combinations.


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Beauty in imperfection

Radio host Julie Burstein has found the perfect analogy for creativity—raku pottery. A Japanese art form in which molded clay is heated for 15 minutes and then dropped in sawdust which bursts into flames, what makes this pottery so beautiful is its imperfections and cracks.

In this talk, Burstein identifies four lessons that creative people should embrace:

  1. Pay attention to the world around you, and be open to experiences that might change you.
  2. Realize that the best work often comes out of the life experiences that are most difficult.
  3. Get comfortable with the fact that pushing up against a limitation can actually help you find your voice.
  4. Don’t be afraid to explore loss — be it rejection, heartbreak or death — because making beauty out of these things is so powerful.



That’s why a company called Laser Power Systems has created a concept for a thorium-powered car engine. The element is radioactive, and the team uses bits of it to build a laserbeam that heats water, produces steam, and powers an energy-producing turbine.

Thorium is one of the most dense materials on the planet. A small sample of it packs 20 million times more energy than a similarly-sized sample of coal, making it an ideal energy source.




Creative Writing

“Those of us who write do it because there are stories inside us burning to get out. Writing is essential to our well-being. If you’re that kind of writer, never give up!” Judy Blume

If you’d like to encourage your kids’ interest in creative writing, there are three excellent guides for young writers: “Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly” for ages 8 to 12 , “Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook” for ages 9 to 14 and “Seize the Story” for ages 12 to 17

To foster a love of writing and storytelling at all ages, check out the resources recommended in our site and

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Palace of thinking

Edward Debono proposes Palace of Thinking

Edward de Bono, one of Malta’s most prominent thinkers and a world-renowned author on creative thinking, has proposed the siting of a Palace of Thinking in Malta, a building where ideas would be generated.

The idea is to rebrand Malta as the Creative Think Tank of the world and should be done next year as part of the EU’s Year of Creativity, he says in an article appearing in The Times today (see page 13).

Prof. de Bono argues that the Maltese are a highly intelligent people and that the Year of Creativity provides a perfect and unique opportunity for Malta to become the world centre for new ideas.
He explains that the palace would be an imposing and iconic structure that would be launched to give the island the significance it deserves and attract thinkers to come up with creative ideas for public policy and other areas.

He suggests that other countries could appoint a “thinking ambassador” to stay in Malta permanently to offer their creative input.

“I have had discussions regarding the feasibility of establishing such a palace in Malta…
“If Malta does not prove possible then the palace will be located in Spain, Italy or Latvia, which has shown interest.
“It would be a pity if Malta missed out on this unique opportunity,” he warns.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 11:42



Another article on the idea of the Palace of Thinking by E. de Bono


How to produce ideas

Around the late 1930’s, a creative Ad man named James Webb Young had a knock on his door from a manager who shared an epiphany that success in advertising comes from selling ideas not things. Despite the manager’s insight, he had one problem, his team didn’t know how to get ideas; they were stuck.  So, they came to the successful James Young for ideas on how to get ideas.  This encounter led to Young creating a little book called  A Technique for Producing Ideas. I recently came across it and was impressed to find some advice that is as relevant today as 70 years ago. I recommend you buy the book, but below I’ve picked out the key points you can use right away.


The first principle Young presents is the notion that an idea is nothing more or less than a new combination of old elements. In other words, ideas are just remixes and combinations of old stuff. This idea is popular again today maybe due in part to Kirby Ferguson’s TED talk and great video series, Everything Is A Remix.

The second principle is about what helps make new connections between old elements. What fosters new connections is being able to see relationships between seemingly unrelated things. Young recognizes that to some, seeing connections may come naturally and others may have to work at training it.

To some minds each fact is a separate bit of knowledge. To others it is a link in a chain of knowledge. It has relationships and similarities.


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Something different!

Artist Overcame Adversity To Make Art That Will Blow You Away

Hamburger grease and live worms are just some of the materials artist Phil Hansen uses to create his stunning artwork. Find out how limits fuel his creativity and see his unbelievable creations for yourself.


Nurturing Creativity!

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius

“The author of Eat, Pray, Love offers unconventional advice on how to nurture your own creativity,” says Verghese. “Her advice: Take some pressure off yourself, but never stop creating.”


My ‘funny’ brain!

Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke of Insight

“Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroscientist who observed her own stroke as it was happening. This is one of the most popular TED talks of all time,” says Verghese.


Don’t believe, imagine!

Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story

“The young Nigerian author gives a beautiful, elegant, and at times hilarious talk about the danger of believing a single, narrow story about anything or anyone,” says Verghese. “My favorite anecdote: When she arrived at college in the U.S., her roommate asked to hear some of her ‘tribal music.’ Chimamanda pulled out a Mariah Carey CD.”

Awe @ Large!

Rob Legato: The art of creating awe

Rob Legato creates movie effects so good they (sometimes) trump the real thing. In this warm and funny talk, he shares his vision for enhancing reality on-screen in movies like Apollo 13, Titanic and Hugo.

Rob Legato creates surprising and creative visual illusions for movies.


Fascinating artist @ Large!


Shea Hembrey: How I became 100 artists

How do you stage an international art show with work from 100 different artists? If you’re Shea Hembrey, you invent all of the artists and artwork yourself — from large-scale outdoor installations to tiny paintings drawn with a single-haired brush. Watch this funny, mind-bending talk to see the explosion of creativity and diversity of skills a single artist is capable of.

Shea Hembrey explores patterns from nature and myth. A childhood love of nature, and especially birdlife, informs his vision.

The art of science

The art of science: Stunning, psychedelic images from Fabian Oefner

Formally trained in art and design, Oefner says that he has always been interested in science. Though he can’t pinpoint the exact moment when he became interested in pairing his two loves, he views both pursuits as inextricably linked by a crucial bond: “The most important quality of science or art is curiosity,” Oefner tells the TED Blog. “That’s what keeps me going and always finding something new.”


Creativity and Science Appreciation Program for Children – more info here


Innovation @ Large!

Alexa Meade: Your body is my canvas

Alexa Meade takes an innovative approach to art. Not for her a life of sketching and stretching canvases. Instead, she selects a topic and then paints it–literally. She covers everything in a scene–people, chairs, food, you name it–in a mask of paint that mimics what’s below it. In this eye-opening talk Meade shows off photographs of some of the more outlandish results, and shares a new project involving people, paint and milk.

Alexa Meade paints mesmerizing, illusionistic portraits directly on living subjects, subverting familiar visual cues with perspective and color.