Inventions

When was the first battery invented?

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Everyone knows what a sandwich is. Most may even know how the snack got its name. But did you know who invented it? Thats a tougher question to answer.

The men and women of NASA are an ingenious bunch, and theyre not just inventing amazing things for space. Which inventions have changed our lives here on Earth?

It seems like virtually everyone has a cell phone. In fact, you probably have one in your pocket right now. Many had the idea for the device, but only one could successfully introduce the gadget. Who was it?

Primitive batteries date back a lot longer than you might guess. But when were scientists finally able to produce and store electricity and then use it to create a continuous, controllable current?

People have been making (and drinking) wine for 8,000 years — which means lots of innovations both now and in the past, from creating Champagne to quirky wine labels.

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Five metallic balls on slender threads sit side by side. As one on the end hits the rest, the one on the opposite end rises and falls. Why dont the balls in the middle move? Its complicated.

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10 Funny Inventions That Changed the World

The grocery bag youre carrying breaks, and the eggs inside splat across your driveway. Yep, unloading groceries can be tedious, but thats nothing compared to the days before refrigeration, so grab a cold beverage and learn who you have to thank.

Weve all seen TV ads for products that were just completely silly, but then became overnight sensations. Which ones made our list?

People are always thinking up strange stuff that makes us chuckle, like, say, wafflemakers that churn out waffles in the shape of a keyboard. But these 10 inventions arent just funny; we interact with them all the time.

There may be no greater tribute to a societys ingenuity and vision than the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. What other cool stuff did the ancient Egyptians invent?

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At one time, sharing files between computers meant carrying a box of punch cards from one machine to another. The Internet changed all that, but whos responsible for creating this network of networks?

10 Amazing Ancient Egyptian Inventions

Like so many other modern conveniences that we take for granted, the history of the elevator is more complicated than it may seem at first glance. Believe it or not, theres some controversy over who invented this commonplace contraption.

British DIY engineer Colin Furze recreates the pyrotechnics seen in heavy-metal shows and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Created more than a thousand years ago, theyve affected warfare — and society in general — in ways almost no other weapon can match. So, who was the inventor?

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Well give you two hints: This person of diverse interests also invented the cowcatcher device for trains, and he held a distinguished mathematics professorship at the University of Cambridge. Any guesses?

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The Hybrid Sports Bike, still in its prototype stage, is a three-in-one: a pedal-powered bicycle souped-up with both a gas engine and an electric motor. But how could a gas-powered bike be environmentally friendly?

10 Silly Inventions That Became Wildly Famous

During the Industrial Revolution, both innovation and the capabilities of large factories combined to thrust people from a predominantly agricultural existence into a more urban lifestyle. So what were the periods top inventions?

Though the 1980s might remind you of the days of MTV and leg warmers, there was a lot going on in technology. In fact, quite a few of the technologies we rely on today were making their debut.

10 Awesome New Inventions Youll Never Hear About

Edison, Bell, the Wright Brothers — sure, their inventions changed the world, but they didnt tend to think up much for the kids. But that doesnt mean there havent been some good ones over the years. So pick up your pogo stick and hop along to find out five of our favorites.

Many people consider Guglielmo Marconi the inventor of the radio. After all, he did get the Nobel Prize for it. But others credit Nikola Tesla because the Supreme Court upheld his patent for the invention of radio. So who should get the recognition?

Smartphones, tablets and other devices are not just useful; they can improve your social life. Well look at some of the newest ways to integrate social media into whatever youre doing.

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Inventions can change the world in an instant. Inventions are thought of every minute but very few of them actually make it to market. In this section well examine amazing inventions from all throughout history.

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Youre sure you have it in you to think of an invention, but youre not sure how to do it. Get some tips here on how to think of an invention.

Googles headquarters is located in Mountain View, Calif., but it might as well be Mount Olympus given the companys wild success. Who is the man or woman behind the mountain?

Despite all the Slinkies, Band-Aids and BIC pens out there, many patented inventions that push the boundaries of innovation will likely never see widespread use, like this car thats grown organically and emits pure oxygen.

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