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...

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Businesses having a large number of customers can dramatically increase profits with small changes to the price. This simple economic fact led to railroad...

The Old John Bull: The world’s oldest still functional self propelled vehicle

The John Bull is probably the most famous, and definitely the only one still operational, of the early steam locomotives. The John Bull was first...

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Who Invented the Elevator? American Inventor Elisha Graves Otis and before

Like is so often true, the answer depends upon your point of view. If looking for the first documented device that could do the...

Female Pirates and Their Lovers: Finding Time for Love While Leading Busy Lives As...

Juliet had Romeo. Tristan had Isolde. Abelardo had Heloise. Elizabeth Barrett had Robert Browning. And Don Jose had his Carmen, if only briefly. Love...

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...

The History of Medicinal Herbs: The Link Between Botany and Herbal Medicine

In the early years, there is little written evidence of the use of herbs in medicine as it was usual to pass on knowledge...

SWATH Technology: A new way to build boats

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The Origins of Thumbs Up or Down: Life or Death

Thumbs up in some cultures is a sign of approval, while in others, it is a sign of disrespect. Where did it come from? The...
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The Origins of Thumbs Up or Down: Life or Death

Thumbs up in some cultures is a sign of approval, while in others, it is a sign of disrespect. Where did it come from? The...

From Papyrus to Paper

Papyrus is an Egyptian water plant that has enabled man to preserve from oblivion the records of dynasties long since passed into history. The...

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...