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        Inventions | STEAM: Ideas That Shape Our World

        Science writer Pagan Kennedy describes how inventors use their curiosity and creativity in novel ways to make breakthrough discoveries and innovative products. Some inventors solve problems others haven’t noticed yet; others start with the end product and find a use for it. Sometimes inventors take advantage of an unexpected outcome or offer a radical new perspective to create a product. Kennedy spoke as part of the 2016 IdeaFestival in Louisville, Ky.

        Finding the Problem: The Rolling Suitcase | STEAM: Ideas That Shape Our World

        Some inventors identify a problem that no one else sees, then create the solution.

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        Starting with the End Product: Super Soaker | STEAM: Ideas That Shape Our World

        A NASA engineer working on another device noticed that his new nozzle made water come out in a fun splat.

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        Accidental Invention: Artificial Sweeteners | STEAM: Ideas That Shape Our World

        Artificial sweeteners are often an unexpected byproduct of another invention.

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        Diversity in Viewpoints: The Home Pregnancy Test | STEAM: Ideas That Shape Our World

        Meg Crane was a young artist working for a pharmaceutical company in 1967 when she had the radical idea to sell a new pregnancy test directly to women.

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