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  • April 23, 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition: This is more than Child’s Play April is the month for the popular FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). This educational and technical challenge pits thousands of groups from across the country in regional matches throughout the month of March....
  • April 17, 2013 How the Electronic Calculator Changed the World Before the iPhone and the Kindle, there was the electronic calculator. If you are of a certain age, you remember the days when a calculator was just about the only piece of electronic equipment you would (or could) carry around with you....
  • March 26, 2013 March Madness and the Technology of Score-keeping 2013 marks the 75th anniversary of College basketball’s March Madness, the single elimination tournament that has become almost as famous as the Super Bowl. This year’s tournament promises to be as exciting as past years and will likely produce note-worthy players like Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Bradley, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Sean May....
  • March 22, 2013 test This is a test, this is only a test, in the event of a real entry... ...
  • March 1, 2013 How World War I Tank-Treads Led to the Invention of the Snowmobile Joseph Armand-Bombardier was born in 1907 in a small village in Quebec, QC. His birth took place during a rare April blizzard. If you lived far enough from the big city like the Bombardiers did, winter had a nasty habit of making simple cross-country feel a bit like “Arctic Exploration....
  • February 14, 2013 Valentine’s Day, Invention of the EKG, and a Happy Heart It’s one of the most popular holidays in human history, celebrated around the world. But behind all the chocolates, flowers, teddy bears, and corny romantic movies that form the bulk of Valentine’s Day, in the end it truly is a celebration of the human heart....
  • January 28, 2013 From Ploughshares to Primetime: How an Idaho Farm-Boy Invented Television The initial seeds of genius of any great invention often begin in some obscure place, in a passing conversation, or through a strange set of circumstances. One such set of circumstances involved the combination of a young man named Philo T....
  • January 17, 2013 Emile Berliner and the Invention of the Microphone The use of microphones is fairly commonplace, even in the cold winter months, whether it’s used by an announcer at an NFL game, at one of the many winter award shows, or at the 2nd inauguration of the President of the United States, it is clear that microphones have become an important means for communicating to large crowds whether inside or out....
  • December 27, 2012 The Surprisingly Ancient History (When It Comes to Computers) of the Touchscreen There’s a keystone in every great invention Once upon a time, believe it or not, there was a land before Apple, Inc. and iPads, iPhones, Androids and Kindles. In that age, there was a man – a scientist – from Kentucky – named Dr....
  • November 12, 2012 Saluting Our Country’s Veterans: the Invention of Powered Prosthesis There’s a keystone in every great invention For thousands of years, artificial limbs have played a storied role in human history – and much of that role has been in relation to soldiers wounded on the battlefield....
  • November 5, 2012 X-Rays: the Century-Long History of Your Trip to the Dentist There’s a keystone in every great invention What if – whenever you next went to the dentist– there weren’t any X-ray machines to help scan for residual tooth decay? Quite simply, you wouldn’t have modern civilization....
  • October 17, 2012 How a Small Magnetic Pickup on a Hawaiian Guitar Revolutionized 20th Century Music There’s a keystone in every great invention Can you picture a world without Elvis, The Beatles, The Who, Van Halen or Aerosmith? Not the easiest thing to do, right? Think again....