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Around 1750, the first glue patent was issued in Britain for a glue made from fish.

Adhesives Tape
Scotch Tape oe cellophane tape was invented in 1930 by banjo playing 3M engineer Richard Drew.

Aerosol Spray Cans
The concept of an aerosol originated as early as 1790.

Aibo - the robotic pet.

Air Bags
In 1973, the General Motors research team invented the first car safety air bags that were first offered in the 1973 model Chevrolet as an option

Air Brakes
George Westinghouse invented air brakes in 1868.

Air Ships
The history behind balloons, blimps, dirigibles and zeppelins.

Learn the hsitory behind agriculture innovations, tractors, cotton gins, reapers, plows, plant patents and more.

Air Bags
The history of automotive air bags.

Air Conditioning
Willis Carrier brought us the comfort zone with air conditioning.

Airplane/Aviation - Aeroplane
Wilbur and Orville Wright invented the airplane, which they patented as a "flying machine." Learn about other aviation related innovations including the history of seaplanes, flight suits, anti-gravity suits, ejection seats, airports and different airlines.

Alternating Current
Charles Proteus Steinmetz developed theories on alternating current that allowed for the rapid expansion of the electric power industry.

Alternative Energy
A list of articles related to the invention and the history of alternative, earth-friendly energy sources.

An instrument which measures vertical distance with respect to a reference level.

Aluminum Foil
The first mass-produced and widely used metal foil was made from tin. Tin foil was replaced by aluminum foil in 1910.

Aluminum Manufacturing Process
Charles Martin Hall discovered the electrolytic method of producing aluminum cheaply and brought the metal into wide commercial use.

Ambulance History
The concept of ambulance service started in Europe with the Knights of St. John.

In 1450, Leon Battista Alberti, the Italian artist and architect, invented the first mechanical anemometer. The anemometer is a device that measures wind speed.

Answering Machines
The history of answering machines.

History of and key figures.

Apple Computers
The Apple Lisa was the first home computer with a GUI or graphical user interface. Learn about the history of the Apple Macintosh, the most famous Apple home computer.

The history of Scuba or diving equipment.

Arc Transmitter
Danish engineer, Valdemar Poulsen invented the arc transmitter in 1902. The arc transmitter, contrary to all previous types of radio transmitters in history, generated continuous radio waves.

Archimedes Screw
An archimedes screw is a machine for raising water, invented by the ancient Greek scientist and mathematician Archimedes.

Assembly Line
Eli Olds invented the basic concept of the assembly line and Henry Ford improved it.

Artificial Heart
Willem Kolff invented both the first artificial heart and the first artificial kidney dialysis machine. Read about the history of artificial hearts.

The history of roads, road building and asphalt.

History of Aspirin
In 1829, scientists discovered that it was the compound called salicin in willow plants, which is responsible for pain relief. But it was father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, who first discovered the pain relieving properties of the willow plant in the 5th century, B.C.

James Faria and Robert Wright of Monsanto Industries co-invented AstroTurf in 1965.

Atari Computers
The history of the entertaining game computer.

ATM  - Automatic Teller Machines
The history of automated teller machines (ATM).

Atomic Bomb
In 1939, Einstein and several other scientists told Roosevelt of efforts in Nazi Germany to build an atomic bomb. It was shortly thereafter that the United States Government began the Manhattan Project, whose research produced the first atomic bomb.

Audio Tape Recording
Marvin Camras invented the method and means of magnetic recording. The history of sound recording.

Automated Electrified Monorail Systems
Ronald Riley invented the automated electrified monorail system.

Automatic Doors
Dee Horton and Lew Hewitt invented the sliding automatic door in 1954.

The history of the automobile spans over one hundred years -- the famous early car models, view timelines of automotive development and discover who made the first gasoline powered car.

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