Browsing: Inventions

A Brief History On December 11, 2009, Rovio Entertainment from Finland released Angry Birds, a video game that took the world by storm.  While Pong was the first widely released video game back in 1972, other rudimentary games were invented as early as 1947 and 1958, although not commercially successful. Digging Deeper Since Pong invaded our living rooms, many other video games have been released, some with numerous spin-offs or progressive editions.  We list some of the most popular games for you to tell us what video game is the greatest.  (You are welcome to nominate a game we have…

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A Brief History On December 7, 2020, fighter ace and aviation record breaker, Chuck Yeager, Brigadier General US Air Force, died at the age of 97.  Yeager was known to say, “There are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old, bold pilots,” perhaps not an original quotation but generally true, although Yeager was indeed a “Bold Pilot” and died at an old age. Digging Deeper Yeager, a World War II ace, shot down 11.5 enemy planes, one of which was an Me-262 jet.  Yeager was shot down in 1944, but evaded capture in occupied France and even operated with…

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A Brief History On December 2, 1927, Henry Ford revealed the successor to his iconic Model T, the Ford Model A.  While the Ford Model T at one time comprised half or more of all the cars in the world, the Model A was also a success. Digging Deeper After 18 years of production, the Model T had become dated, and sales slowed.  The Model A reached 3 million in sales by March of 1930, and was offered in nine styles, the cheapest of which cost only $385!  A total of 4.8 million were made. The 4-cylinder engine pumped out…

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A Brief History On December 1, 1984, a joint operation between NASA and the FAA conducted a “Controlled Impact Demonstration,’ a fancy way of saying purposely crashing an unoccupied jetliner. Digging Deeper The remotely controlled jet was a Boeing 720, a narrowed down version of the ubiquitous 707.  A 4-engine jetliner that could carry 131 passengers, the 720 was a good representation of the airliners of the time. The doomed jet was loaded with cameras, sensors, and recording equipment, and the data derived from the intentional crash was used to develop new safety standards for airliners.  Conclusions included that airliners…

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A Brief History On November 27, 2020, Iranian nuclear scientist and purported head of the Iranian nuclear weapons program, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Mahabadi, was assassinated in Absard, Iran.  Incredibly, the murder was carried out in a manner worthy of a Hollywood movie plot, by use of a satellite controlled autonomous gun that had been pre-staged, allegedly by Israeli operatives. Digging Deeper The Israeli and US governments both stated that neither would allow Iran to develop or control a nuclear weapon.  The US is believed to have been behind a hacking attack of Iranian nuclear lab computers in 2010, as part of…

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