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Marblar: the new word in creative collaboration

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A new platform for sharing inventions to come up with the best application is raising the creative bar with a different type of collaboration. Marblar.com uses the internet to share inventions with great minds in science, engineering and technology – and anyone else who wants to sign up – to ultimately come up with the best possible application for every idea submitted, geography and discipline no object.

Its inventors even pay cash for winning suggestions to make their science project or fleeting flash of engineering inspiration become something more useful. Marblar’s founders say “intersections of disciplines are where it’s at – that’s where the magic happens” – and this is their way of harvesting the goods.

Relying on the love of interaction and sharing that has no doubt been honed in recent years of internet communication, Marblar.com has been set up with a gaming ethos. It has the fun strapline ‘Just use your marbles’ but could potentially find cures or give birth to the next X-ray machine. Suggestions are made by Marblars, who can collect marbles for winning or simply for providing a helpful suggestion.

The brains behind it explain: “Marblar is like a whiteboard put up in front of a room of fun and brilliant people without geography, CV, discipline, title, or age getting in the way.”

Marblar asks visitors to the site to ‘Unleash your creativity on unused inventions’. Current challenges include finding a use for a highly accurate and energy efficient temperature control system currently used in pharmaceuticals, called the Polar Bear, and the Transformer at Sea – a new kind of ship that can switch between travelling as a high-speed catamaran and as an ultra-stable semi-submersible.

Their blog applauds the work of ‘original Marblars’, the people they take inspiration from, who performed the great leaps of faith to give us the world we know today. One such man is Paul Lauterbur, a chemist specialising in using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to study proteins, who used his knowledge of sound to create the MRI scanner. He went on to win a Nobel Prize.

Keep your eyes on Marblar.com for the next potential Nobel winners.

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