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A Brief History On August 29, 1831, Michael Faraday of England discovered electromagnetic induction, the interaction of electricity and magnetism that allows the creation of the electric induction motor and the generator, among other things.  The application of this knowledge ushered in the Electrical Age of Man, as modern appliances became possible utilizing this basic knowledge. Digging Deeper In conjunction with other scientists of the time, notably James Clerk Maxwell of Scotland, Faraday’s work also led to the development of all sorts of meters, welding machines, electric induction ovens, wireless energy transfer, electric clamping, electric seals and others.  Linear magnetic…

A Brief History On August 28, 1988, an Italian precision flight team proved that aerial acts that look extremely dangerous to an audience appear that way for a reason, Because They Are!  The Italian Air Force acrobatic team known as Frecce Tricolori was flying 10 Aermacchi MB-339 (a subsonic trainer/light attack jet) at the Ramstein Air Show when 3 of the planes collided and crashed, killing all 3 pilots. Digging Deeper Unfortunately, the crashing planes crashed on the spectators, killing 67 of the hapless audience and injuring another 1000 people (346 seriously) as the flaming debris careened into the crowd. …

A Brief History On August 26, 2014, we ran a list of 10 Extremely Effective Weapons That Don’t Require Gunpowder or Explosives.  This year, we will propose another 10 such weapons that have proven themselves on the battlefield or in self defense against people and animals.  What weapons would you add to the list?  (Note: The order listed has no significance.) Digging Deeper 10. Ram, 1st Use Unknown. Useful against enemy fortifications, this can be a simple log carried by 1 or more people and used to batter down doors, walls, vehicles, ships and anything else in the way.  For…

A Brief History On August 23, 1954, a harmless looking cargo aircraft made its first flight, the C-130 had become airborne.  It would go on to become perhaps the greatest cargo plane in history, still in production over 50 years later!  Despite its fantastic versatility as a troop and cargo transport, airborne laboratory, electronic warfare, weather reconnaissance plane, aerial tanker, fire fighter, search and rescue, paradrops, sensor drops, Special Forces support, and bomber that drops the largest bomb in the US Air Force (the MOAB, Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or colloquially, “Mother of  All Bombs” due to its giant 22,600…

A Brief History On August 20, 1977, the United States space probe, Voyager 2 was launched with the mission of studying the outer portions of our solar system and then becoming the first (with its sister ship, Voyager 1, actually launched 2 weeks later) man made object to enter inter-stellar space. Digging Deeper These Voyager spacecraft have sent back information about Saturn, Uranus, Jupiter and Neptune and the moons of those planets, and are expected to continue to send back data (including images) until about 2020 when their Plutonium powered generators run down, with perhaps another 5 years of weak…

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