Browsing: Inventions

A Brief History On December 14, 1940, at the University of California at Berkeley, atomic scientists first isolated the element Plutonium, a radioactive element with a designation of Pu-238 on the atomic chart of the elements (also known as the Periodic Chart), Element #94 for those keeping track.  Plutonium is the stuff we make nuclear bombs from and is a highly dangerous substance even without the thermo-nuclear explosions associated with it. Digging Deeper Element #94 was first discovered by Enrico Fermi and his team in 1934 at the University of Rome, and named the element Hesperium, but it turned out…

A Brief History On December 4, 1791, the first edition of The Observer, the world’s first Sunday newspaper, was published.  Technology and business have always acted as inspirations for one another; a fact that is not too hard to determine on taking a look at history itself. On highlighting some of the most profound points of the technological influence on business, it should help us gauge the kind of impact that the following have had on not just business, but the course of history itself. Digging Deeper Paper The invention of paper is attributed to the ancient Chinese civilisation, sometime during…

A Brief History In 1952, the .308 Winchester was introduced, just two years before the NATO adopted the 7.62x51mm NATO T65. Winchester branded the cartridge, introduced it to the commercial hunting market, and shortly after, it became the most popular short-action, big-game hunting cartridge worldwide. I delve more into that later, but for now, some of you might be thinking: what is the best scope for 308?  Ask the Swedish. We actually did not know the Swedes use a .308 scope until one American’s journey to Ikea’s homeland. Digging Deeper It all began when an American hunter journeyed to Sweden,…

A Brief History In the 1740s, the first electric motors were simple electrostatic devices described in experiments by Scottish monk Andrew Gordon and American experimenter Benjamin Franklin.  Do you know that electric motors are now everywhere around us?  In your day-to-day life, you will find the term motor associated with various devices. The one common electric engine that runs a wide range of electronic devices is the revolutionary electric motor. At home, you can find several items that have something in common with automobiles; some of them include mixers, washing machines, grinders, food processors, microwaves, moving toys, and the list…

A Brief History In 1872, German chemist Eugen Baumann accidentally synthesized polyvinyl chloride (PVC).  Today, you can use different types of vinyl for a variety of purposes. There is a type of vinyl which is heat transferable and suitable for t-shirt printing. Some have adhesive properties, which allows you to stick it on various materials, including walls or glass windows. There is also a type of vinyl used outdoors in the form of 651 Vinyl. Digging Deeper What is 651 Vinyl? 651 Vinyl from Oracal is known as a permanent vinyl; however, this is not precisely permanent because it can…

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