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Cabbage Patch Kids
In 1976, Xavier Roberts invented 'Little Person' dolls, the first Cabbage Patch Kids.

Learn about the invention of early clocks, calendars, the quartz watch, timekeeping devices and the science of time.

Calcium Carbide Process
Thomas Leopold Willson invented a process for Calcium Carbide.

Timelines covering calculator patents since 1917. Learn about the history of Texas Instruments, the origins of the electronic calculator, the hand-held calculator and more.

The history of the camera - Camera Obscura, photography, the significant processes of photography, and who invented the polaroid and photographic film.

Can/Can Opener
A timeline of tin cans - learn how cans are made, filled and recycled. The history of the first can opener.

The history of candy.

Edward Goodrich Acheson invented carborundum. Carborundum is the hardest man-made surface and was needed to bring about the industrial age.

Card Games
The history of playing cards and card games like Uno.

Cardiac Pacemaker
Wilson Greatbatch invented an implantable cardiac pacemaker. Study the history of other cardiac devices.

The history of the automobile covers over one hundred years -- learn about the patents and famous car models, view timelines or read about the first gasoline powered car.

The interesting history behind the carousel and other circus and theme park innovations.

Cash Register
James Ritty invented what was nicknamed the "Incorruptible Cashier" or the cash register.

Cassette Tape
In 1963, the Philips company became the first company to demonstrate the compact audio cassette.

Cat Eyes
Percy Shaw patented his road-safety invention called cat eyes, in 1934 when he was only 23.

Thomas Fogarty invented the embolectomy balloon catheter. Betty Rozier and Lisa Vallino co-invented the intravenous catheter shield. Ingemar Henry Lundquist invented the over the wire balloon catheter that is used in the majority of angioplasty procedures in the world.

Cathode Ray Tube
Electronic television is based on the invention of the cathode ray tube, which is the picture tube found in modern television sets.

Robert Ledley invented "diagnostic X-Ray systems", known as CAT-Scans.

George Smith and Willard Boyle received a patent for Charge-Coupled Devices or CCDs.

Cellular Phones/Cell Phones
How the FCC slowed the progress of a cellular phone system.

Cellophane was invented by Jacques Brandenberger in 1908.

Chain Saw
The history behind the humble chain saw.

The history of chapstick - who invented chapstick and is it addictive?

The History of Cheerleading
Pompoms and the history of cheerleading innovations.

Cheese in a Can
The history of "Cheese in a Can".

Cheese Slicer
The cheese-slicer is a Norwegian invention.

Chewing Gum
The history of chewing gum and bubble gum.

Chia Pet
Animal figurines have been designed which have live herbs that simulate the fur or hair of a particular animal.

Chinese Inventions
Learn about ancient Chinese technology and the history of Chinese inventions. Find lesson plans for teachers. Learn about the kite, chopsticks, umbrellas, gunpowder, firecrackers, the steelyard, abacus, cloisonné, ceramics, papermaking and more.

The history behind chocolate, chocolate bars and chocolate chip cookies.

Christmas Related Inventions
The history of candy canes, Christmas lights and Christmas trees.

Cigarettes/Cigarette Lighters
This history of tobacco related products.

Learn about the invention of early clocks, calendars, the quartz watch, timekeeping devices and time measurement.

Reproductive and therapeutic.

Closed Captioning
Television closed captions are captions that are hidden in the television video signal, invisible without a special decoder.

Clothing Innovations
The history of our clothes - blue jeans, the bikini, the tuxedo, fabrics, fasteners and more.

Coat Hangers
Today’s wire coat hanger was inspired by a clothes hook patented in 1869 by O. A. North.

"Coca-Cola" was invented by Dr. John Pemberton in 1886.

Cochlear Implants - Bionic Ear
The cochlear implant is a prosthetic replacement for the inner ear or cochlea.

The history of the cultivation of coffee and innovations in brewing methods.

Cold Fusion Energy
Viktor Schauberger was the "father of cold fusion energy" and the designer of the first non-energy consuming "flying disc".

Color Television
Color television was by no means a new idea, a German patent in 1904 contained the earliest proposal - RCA color television system - Living Color.

Combustion Engine
History of the internal combustion engine.

Combustion Engine - Diesel
Rudolf Diesel was the father of the "diesel-fueled" internal combustion engine or diesel engine.

The history of comics.

History, timeline, and innovations.

Compact Disk
James Russell invented the compact disc in 1965. Russell was granted a total of 22 patents for various elements of his system.

The history of the magnetic compass, gyroscope compass, and the biography of Elmer Sperry.

An index to famous persons in the computer business, over twenty-six fully illustrated features cover the history of computers from 1936 until today.

Computer Keyboard
The invention of the modern computer keyboard began with the invention of the typewriter.

Computer Peripherals
Compact disks, the computer mouse, computer memory, disk drives, printers and other peripherals are discussed.

Computer Printers
The history of printers used with computers.

Computer Games
This history is more fun than a joy stick. Steve Russell invented the computer game called "SpaceWar." Nolan Bushnell invented the game called "Pong."

Computerized Banking
ERMA began as a project for the Bank of America in an effort to computerize the banking industry.

Concrete was invented by Joseph Monier.

Construction Materials
The history of construction and building materials.

Contact Lenses
See the history of eyeglasses come alive - from the oldest known glass lens to modern contact lenses.

Cookies (Chocolate Chip, Fig Newton)
Enjoy some snack food history - learn how the Fig Newton got named.

Sir James Dewar was the co-inventor of cordite, a smokeless gunpowder.

Our illustrated history of cork extractors explains the origins of this humble invention, found in households all over the world.

Corn Flakes
The kooky history of Corn Flakes.

Percy Lavon Julian synthesized the medicines physostigmine for glaucoma and cortisone. Lewis Sarett invented a synthetic version of the hormone cortisone.

The history of cosmetics and hair products.

Cotton (Naturally Colored)
Sally Fox invented naturally colored cotton.

Cotton Candy
The history of cotton candy - how they make cotton candy.

Cotton Gin
Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin on March 14, 1794. The cotton gin is a machine that separates seeds, hulls and other unwanted materials from cotton after it has been picked.

Cotton Swabs
Who invented cotton swabs or Q-tips.

Crash Test Dummies
GM developed this test device nearly 20 years ago, to provide a biofidelic measurement tool -- a crash dummy that behaves very similarly to human beings.

Crayon history - from the Crayola Company whose founders invented the first crayon.

Cray Supercomputer
Seymour Cray was the inventor of the Cray Supercomputer.

Credit Cards
Spend some time on the history of money.

The history of cricket and cricket equipment.

Crossword Puzzles
The crossword puzzle was invented by Arthur Wynne.

Cruise Control
Unstopped by his blindness, Ralph Teetor invented cruise control.

Carl Sontheimer invented the Cuisinart.

Ernest Lawrence invented the cyclotron, a device that greatly increased the speed with which projectiles could be hurled at atomic nuclei.

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