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History of Clothing

clothingIt is not certain when people first started wearing clothes however, anthropologists give estimates that range between 100,000 to 500,000 years ago. When settled neolithic cultures discovered the advantages of woven fibers over animal hides, the making of cloth, drawing on basketry techniques, emerged as one of humankind's fundamental technologies.

Clothing Trivia
Did you know that the bikini was named after the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the site of atomic bomb testing?

Friday July 14, 2008

Vacuum Tubes

vacuum tubeA vacuum tube is a sealed glass or metal-ceramic enclosure used in electronic circuitry to control the flow of electrons.

Vacuum tubes go back to 1875 when American, G.R. Carey invented the phototube. The vacuum tube was made obsolete by the tiny and cheap transistor invented in 1947. Until then, vacuum tubes were found inside every radio. television, computer, and almost all other electronic devices.

Vacuum Cleaners
Needed to clean the tubes. Not! Just joking folks. However, did you know that early vacuum cleaners were large, horse-drawn and petrol-driven units that were parked outside the building to be cleaned with long hoses fed through the windows.

Friday April 14, 2009

Reader Mail - Cereal King

cerealMike asked if it is possible to "patent a phrase for possible sales for t-shirts and/or stickers. If so which patent would that fall under?" Mike that's a trademark you need not a patent, please read: Do I need a patent, trademark, or copyright?

Cereal King
Thanks FŽaluinix for letting me know that Will Keith Kellogg was not a vegetarian just because he was a Seventh-day Adventist and that Seventh-day Adventist are not strict vegetarians.

Huckleberry Fin's Suspenders
Kevin, thanks for the catch on Samuel Clemens' (aka Mark Twain) date of patenting suspenders. Folks, Kevin's an inventor check out his website.

Sunday July 9, 2008

Light My World

The first lamp was invented around 70,000 BC. A hollow rock, shell or other natural found object was filled with moss or a similar material that was soaked with animal fat and ignited. Sir Humphrey Davy of England invented the first electric carbon arc lamp in 1801. A carbon arc lamp works by hooking two carbon rods to a source of electricity. With the other ends of the rods spaced at the right distance, electrical current will flow through an "arc" of vaporizing carbon creating an intense white light.
Thursday July 6, 2008

How Fireworks Work

firearrowsDeveloped by the ancient Chinese, fireworks are the oldest form of rockets and the most simplistic model of a rocket powered by gunpowder. Also See - Early Fireworks and Weapons of War
Monday July 3, 2008

Print That & Smell This

Printing - First Book Printed in the WestThe earliest dated printed book known is the "Diamond Sutra", printed in China in 868 CE. However, it is suspected that book printing may have occurred long before this date. Device Records Smells
Ok kids, now you will be able to send someone the smell of the ink hot off the press. According to a NewScientist.com news article by Paul Marks, Pambuk Somboon and a team of engineers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan are building an odour recorder. Paul Marks describes Somboon's system as using 15 chemical-sensing microchips (electronic noses) to pick up a broad range of aromas. These are then used to create a digital recipe from a set of 96 chemicals that can be chosen according to the purpose of each individual gadget. When you want to replay a smell, drops from the relevant vials are mixed, heated and vaporised. Full Article
Friday June 30, 2008

Filipino Inventors and Scientists - What's Got You Asking?

However, here they are famous, lots of Filipino inventors. Just let me know who else you are looking for.
Friday January 30, 2009

Reader Mail: Catseyes

CatseyeA special thanks goes to Mike Jones for providing information that corrected my article, Catseye Road Studs. Mike, my math was bad.

Mark Burginger wrote in and let us know about the Inventors Chat Channel - check it out kids, lively discussions are promised. Way to go Inventor Underground Guy.

Tuesday October 27, 2008

Bang Bang

Since the introduction of the flintlock musket in the 17th century, military small arms have gone through a series of significant changes.
Friday June 23, 2008

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