How to Have a Eureka Moment

Turns out, there is real science behind "aha moments."

In the ancient world, the Greeks believed that all great insights came from one of nine muses, divine sisters who brought inspiration to mere mortals. In the modern world, few people still believe in the muses, but we all still love to hear stories of sudden inspiration. Like Newton and the apple, we’re eager to […]

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Bringing Home the Gold

Smart reuse of Olympics infrastructure could launch a sweeping urban revival.

The Olympics have left a mixed legacy when it comes to the impact felt on host cities in the aftermath of the event. The inaugural modern Games were held in Athens in 1896, and since then, few host cities have managed to reuse game infrastructure well. The Beijing National Stadium, built for the 2008 Summer Olympics, has struggled to […]

Helping Love Bloom

Learn how Cupid is powering the Global Smart Logistics Network.

We might be in a digital age, but, when it comes to the year’s sweetest holiday, an emoji-filled text just won’t do. That’s why UPS geared up its global logistics of love network this year to deliver an estimated 89 million flowers for Valentine’s Day. UPS will deliver 1 million more flowers than in 2018, meaning […]

Complexity Made Simple

What can we learn from insect coordination?

How do termites build towering cathedrals out of mud without referring to a set of blueprints? How do ants, without a leader telling them what to do, know how to assemble themselves by the thousands into living rafts to move across a fast-flowing stream? After all, the brains of ants are smaller than the “quarter […]

How Future Factories Will Change Manufacturing — and Supply Chains

The Fourth Industrial Revolution provides us a massive opportunity, a chance to redesign supply chains so they never sleep.

We’re witnessing a transformation of manufacturing supply chains that’s ushering in the fourth modality of logistics. To ground, air and ocean, we can now add digital. The move to the digital supply chain  — the power source for Industry 4.0  — creates multiple opportunities for every company in every industry. But every revolution needs exemplars […]