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History of the Automobile

internal combustion engine

The automobile as we know it was not invented in a single day by a single inventor. The history of the automobile reflects an evolution that took place worldwide. It is estimated that over 100,000 patents created the modern automobile.

The Stories, The Lives
Inventors Spotlight10

Radioactive ATM

Wednesday April 23, 2014

atmWell, just slightly radioactive. According to a BBC News report, the world's first ATM was installed in a branch of Barclays in Enfield, North London. At that time plastic atm cards did not exist. The Barclay atm machine took checks that were impregnated with carbon 14, a slightly radioactive substance. To learn about an invention with real radioactivity try the atomic bomb. Photo Credit:  stock.xchng/Andy Culpin

Puzzling Dissections

Wednesday April 23, 2014

jigsaw puzzle

Englishmen, John Spilsbury invented the jigsaw puzzle in 1767. Spilsbury was an engraver and mapmaker. The first jigsaw puzzle was a map of the world. Spilsbury attached a map to a piece of wood and then cut out each country.

The original name for a jigsaw puzzle was dissections, probably a reference to the way jigsaws were made by dissecting an original image.

I recommend Jigsaw Planet if  you'd like to experience solving a virtual jigsaw. Photo Credit: Morgue File

Bang Bang

Wednesday April 23, 2014

revolverSince the introduction of the flintlock musket in the 17th century, military small arms have gone through a series of significant changes. Photo: Getty Images/Dimitri Vervitsiotis

World's Biggest Nail Gun
Annie McLeod of Canwest News Service, reported that, " a demonstration of the world's largest nail gun went off with a bang." The nail gun was fired off by the Morsky Hyspeed Soil Nailing Ltd displaying its Shotrods Hy-Speed Soil Nailing technology. The device uses compressed air to thrust six-metre long steel nails into slopes at 320 kilometres an hour to correct landslides and stop erosion.

Capturing Light & Shadows

Wednesday April 23, 2014

muybridgeSan Francisco photographer, Eadweard Muybridge conducted motion-sequence still photographic experiments and is often called the "Father of the motion picture" even though he did not make films in the manner we know them as today.

Photo Credit: Eadweard Muybridge, Daisy jumping a hurdle, saddled, preparing for the leap from Animal Locomotion Library of Congress 1887

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