When you think of a scientific laboratory, you probably don’t imagine it to be a place to play, but it’s this play that’s bringing us to some great new innovations, like the ability to turn apples into ears!

Creative scientists are embracing this play in the laboratory, and it’s leading to some truly remarkable breakthroughs, including but absolutely not limited to, making ears out of apples.

Andrew Pelling’s lab takes a different approach to science. His work combines creativity, out of the box thinking, and most importantly, play with the scientific method.

His lab creates remarkable and diverse innovation by inviting unorthodox ideas to his scientific process. With the help of other scientists, artists, engineers, anthropologists, you name it, Pelling is pushing forward possibility by leaps and bounds.

Here he is on the TED stage discussing his lab’s work on a potential new way for us to grow body parts. Take a look…

Via: TED 1

Our frequent readers know how much we love TED. If you haven’t heard about it, TED.com is one of the most interesting corners of the web, and EWC features the best of their talks a couple of times each month. If I do say so myself, EWC and TED are the only places I have found where smart people, curious and hopeful, can always come away transformed. Check out our list of favorites from TED here!

So, how do you get like this, how do you become a creative scientist, a person who takes risks and goes out on a limb beyond traditional thought?

It’s actually not something that’s beyond any of us, but a skill honed by coming to terms with failure, and the beautiful things that come of it. Here’s another talk of Andrew’s, also brought to us by the fantastic TED Stage.

I adore Andrew Pelling’s work and the missions he is helping to foster! These are the creative ideas, and the mindsets that are going to push our world forward.

Looking at the remarkable new innovations coming out of his lab, it’s hard not to think it’s still an amazing world.

We are only just scratching the surface when it comes to what is possible. We have taught and learned in silos of instruction with subjects rarely crossing over and informing each other, and now we are beginning to break down those walls.

What would happen if we changed the acronym from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, Mathematics)? How would our ideas of possibility change?

Sure, we need specialists in all fields, but there is so much to be learned if we encouraged those specialists to talk with each other and exchange ideas. It’s hard not to be hopeful for a bright future when there is innovation like this happening around us!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!


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  1. Pelling, Andrew. “This Scientist Makes Ears out of Apples.” TED.com. TED, Feb. 2016. Web. 01 Sept. 2016. <https://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_pelling_this_scientist_makes_ears_out_of_apples?language=en>.
  2. Pelling, Andrew. “The Science of Craft, Serendipity and Curiosity | Andrew Pelling | TEDxKanata.” YouTube. TEDx Talks, 29 Apr. 2016. Web. 01 Sept. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMm3v6SD5hM>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV