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A Brief History Around the year 1495, Italian polymath Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (1452–1519) designed and possibly constructed a humanoid automaton known as Leonardo’s robot, or Leonardo’s mechanical knight.  During the 500 years that followed da Vinci’s efforts, many other inventors have also worked to create robots, with such notable examples as 1985’s R.O.B. (Robotic Operating Buddy), a toy robot accessory for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).  More recently, Travelmate Robotics, a company based in the U.S., has uniquely created the world’s first robot assistant and self moving suitcase. Their patented technology allows their robots to follow you…

A Brief History In 1638, the Great Council of Venice established the first known European gambling house, the Ridotto, which was not called a casino although it meets the modern definition.  The casino industry is now one of the most lucrative sectors in the world, and generates revenues of over $45 billion each year. By 2024, it is expected to bring in a staggering $94.4 billion. This impressive growth has come about thanks to the internet and the rise of online casinos. Gambling houses existed for an incredibly long time before this spike in the modern era, though, and games of…

A Brief History In July 2013, Redmi was introduced by Xiaomi as a budget smartphone line.  Xiaomi has been bringing smartphones in the mid-range and budget market over the five years since Redmi’s original introduction.  Redmi 7 is Xiaomi’s new offering with some stunning features. Redmi series has been providing some good features at very affordable prices. With big players like Samsung and Realme, Redmi 7 is another attempt by Xiaomi in the budget range. The device comes with 6.2-inches HD+ screen, Snapdragon 632 chipset, dual rear camera, and 4,000mAh battery life. With such a nice set of features, is…

A Brief History In 1902, the English politician and game shooting enthusiast Mark Hanbury Beaufoy (1854–1922) wrote some much-quoted verses on gun safety, including the following: “If a sportsman true you’d be Listen carefully to me: Never, never, let your gun Pointed be at anyone…” Like Beaufoy, protecting myself and those I care about is what first interested me about firearms. Given my goal of being more safe in more situations, it would be ironic—and even stupid—of me to not take gun safety incredibly seriously.  Regardless of what led to your involvement with firearms, whether you came from a similar…

A Brief History In 1642, Bilsener Gilde was established in Germany as the first insurance company in Europe.  At first thought, the world of insurance might not seem like the most exciting subject to dig into; yet a quick glance through history throws up some interesting insights into human evolution.  We can trace the development of the insurance industry way back to early human society, before money-based economies even existed! In these early civilizations, insurance usually took the form of mutual aid among people living in the same community.  If somebody’s house was destroyed in a fire, for instance, the…

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