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Inventions

Mae West Life Preserver: Countless Owe Lives to It

Most of the time, it’s the little things that count. Anyone in the military knows that the mode of transport and the types of firepower... continue »

Why Our 21st Century Keyboards Retain Vestiges of the Past

We punch short messages into iPhones and Blackberries and use touch typing methods to write longer missives on computer keyboards. After two to five years,... continue »

Can You Hear Me Now? The Story Behind the First Cell Phone

Today a mere glitch in cell phone service - say - malfunction of our cell phones is enough to send most Americans into panic mode.... continue »

Everything Old is New Again: Even Electric Cars

As the automobile companies continue to wrestle with ways to stay in business and build more relevant, energy-efficient cars, new designs for electric cars as... continue »