Browsing: Inventions

A Brief History In 1921, the first industrial station for the transformation of urban organic materials into compost was set up in Wels, Austria.  Today, gardeners generally are pretty enthusiastic about the concept of composting for their soils. Although the concept of breaking down organic materials into something your plants can utilize is an easy enough concept, many find it difficult to get started with the whole composting bin idea. If you are ready to jump into the composting world, it won’t be long before you ask yourself why you didn’t do it sooner, since all you truly need is an…

A Brief History In 1974, Roy Lloyd, a metal detector enthusiast, managed to find a high school class ring that had the initials “M.B” engraved. The ring was buried deep down a four inches lake of sand. He then found “Miles Baker” whom the ring belonged to. The ring had been lost for over 45 years before it got reunited with its owner. That shows how metal detecting is an important hobby before it ever became interesting or fun.   Metal detectors have come a long way since Alexander Graham Bell first invented them in 1881 to locate an assassin’s bullet…

A Brief History On July 9, 1962, the United States Defense Atomic Support Agency and Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) launched a rocket from a remote Pacific Ocean island called Johnston Island (Or Johnston Atoll), a rocket carrying a thermonuclear bomb (aka, Hydrogen Bomb) into space.  The Thor rocket carried a W49 thermonuclear warhead, a 1.4 megaton yield device, that was detonated 250 miles above the Earth, about 900 miles West-Southwest of the Hawaiian Islands.  The blast took place about 11 pm local time in Hawaii. Digging Deeper This particular nuclear test in space was called Starfish Prime, an operation within…

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 On June 18, 1923, an American legend was born when the first Checker Taxi Cab hit the street in Chicago, the product of a Russian American Jewish immigrant named Morris Markin.  Having immigrated to the United States in 1912 at the age of 19, Markin narrowly missed the European conflagration that was World War I.  An ambitious and determined businessman, he manufactured pants for the US Government during World War I before turning to the growing automobile industry in 1921. Digging Deeper Markin’s move into the auto industry was of major significance to the future of the…

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