Monday, October 26, 2020

In the Last Days of Sail: Life on Board the Clipper Ships

For a start, the salt sea spray had a knife-edge sting. The wind could be savage and the temper of the open sea was...

The History of Computer Games

The exact year of the first game played on a computer is a little hard to pin down. Many people think that it was...

The History and Mythology of Amber

Michael Crichton’s brilliant book may have popularised amber, but this gemstone has featured in man’s culture and history since the beginning of time. Amber...

Hanna Reitsch, German Aviatrix: Wartime Test Pilot, 1st Woman Helicopter Pilot, Awarded Iron Cross

Starting as a glider pilot, Hanna Reitsch flew almost every German military aircraft in World War II. She was also associated with the development...

Santa Claus and Magic Mushrooms: The Orgins of Christmas May Be Linked to Eating...

Thoeries have been generated over the past few decades about the reasoning behind where Christmas tradition has come from, including decorations and celebrations. Shamanistic Traditions The...

An Overview of Syrup in America: A History of Karo, Maple, and Other Syrups

But the origins of its first use and discovery remain unclear, though it is pretty much agreed upon that sucrose solutions have been around...

Qanats: Ancient Underground Aqueducts

Approximately 3000 years ago, clever technicians in the Middle East developed a method for moving water that was reliable, ecologically sound, pollution-free, long-lasting and...

Who Invented the Traffic Light?: William Potts of Detroit

Despite widespread credit to Garret Morgan for a 1923 patent, traffic lights very closely resembling modern lights were in use in Detroit three years...

The History of Silk Production: Silk Stands the Test of Time

The history of silk contains legend, follows the rise and decline of dynasties and empires, and mirrors the great movements of social and economic...

Nickolaus Otto: Invented an efficient internal combustion engine

Although little known, Nickolaus Otto is an inventor we should remember every time we get into our cars. Before there was Karl Benz or Henry...