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Baby Carriage
The history of the baby carriage or stroller.

Leo Hendrik Baekeland patented a "Method of Making Insoluble Products of Phenol and Formaldehyde." Setting out to make an insulator, he invented the first true plastic and transformed the world.

Ball Point Pens
The ball-point pen was invented by Ladislo Biro in 1938. A patent battle erupted; learn how Parker and Bic won the war.

Ballistic Missile
A ballistic missile can be any of a variety of weapons systems that deliver explosive warheads to their targets by means of rocket propulsion.

The history and patents behind airships, balloons, blimps, dirigibles and zeppelins.

Balloons (Toy)
The first rubber balloons were made in 1824 by Professor Michael Faraday for use in his experiments with hydrogen.

Band-Aid® is the trademarked name for the 1920 invention belonging to Earle Dickson.

Bar Codes
The first patents for bar code were issued to Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver on October 7, 1952.

Barbed Wire
Don't fence me in -- all about the invention, development, and use of barbed wire.

Barbie Doll
The Barbie doll was invented in 1959 by Ruth Handler.

The barometer was invented by Evangelista Torricelli in 1643.

Baseball/Baseball Equipment
Baseball was invented by Alexander Cartwright. The history of baseball bats.

BASIC (Beginner's All Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) was invented in 1964 by John Kemeny and Tom Kurtz.

James Naismith invented and named the game of basketball in 1891.

Bathroom Related Innovations
The history of ancient and modern plumbing from around the world - baths, toilets, water closets and sewage systems.

2000 was the 201th anniversary of the invention of the battery by Alessandro Volta.

Beauty Innovations
The history of hair dryers, ironing curlers and other beauty appliances. The history of cosmetics and hair products.

The history of waterbeds, murphy beds and other kinds of beds. Lie down and read about the patents and ihistory behind beds.

We can trace the beginning of beer far back beyond the dawn of recorded time. Apparently, beer was the first alcoholic beverage known to civilization.

Stephen Poplawski invented the kitchen blender.

Bic Pens
Learn about the history of Bic pens and other writing instruments.

The history of that foot-powered riding machine.

Eye glasses that see near and far.

The bikini was invented in 1946 and named after the Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the site of the first atomic bomb testing. The designers of the bikini were two Frenchmen named Jacques Heim and Louis Reard.

"Bingo" originated from a game called Beano.

The first proposition to use biological methods to treat odorous compounds came as early as 1923.

Blood Bank
Dr. Charles Richard Drew was the first person to develop the blood bank.

Blue Jeans
Levi Strauss invented blue jeans.

Board Games
Puzzle over the history of board games and other brain teasers.

Babcock and Wilcox co-invented the water tube steam boiler, a safer and more efficient boiler.

The history of the boomerang and complete instructions on how to make your own.

Bourdon Tube Pressure Gauge
In 1849, the Bourdon tube pressure gauge was patented by Eugene Bourdon.

It's 1913 and Mary Phelps Jacob's corset was not the undergarment to wear under her new shear evening gown.

Braces - Dental
The history of dental braces or the science of Orthodontics is complex, many different patents helped to create braces as we know them today.

Louis Braille invented braille printing.

Brush - Hair
Brushes were used as early as 2,500,000 years ago.

Bubble Gum
The invention and history of chewing gum, bubble gum, gum wrappers, gum tins and bubble gum machines.

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