New inventions can sprout from the most unlikely of sources—and the oddest of places. The modern toothbrush was not invented by a dentist in a hygiene laboratory but by a prisoner serving time in an English prison in the late 1700s with a need for cleaner teeth. Read More >>
This famous quotation by Alexander Fleming is certainly true with regard to his discovery of penicillin. This antibiotic resulted in its discoverer sharing the Nobel Prize in 1945 and being ranked as the most important discovery of the millennium by at least 3 large magazines at the approach of 2000. Read More >>
Happy Birthday to Eli Whitney today who was born on December 8, 1765.
As most of us know, Whitney is most famous for inventing the cotton gin, which highly streamlined the process of extracting fiber from cotton seeds. It produced more cotton in one hour than would be produced by multiple workers in one day. Unfortunately, Whitney struggled to earn any money for this invention as the patent was widely pirated. However, his affinity for machine work and technology led to success in various other fields you may be unaware of: Read More >>
In celebration of Karl Benz’s birthday today (Nov. 25, 1844), let’s take a closer look at 5 of his inventions that helped transform the automotive industry, starting with the 3-wheeled “horseless carriage”:
1. The Motorwagen, patented in 1886, was the world’s first gas-fueled car. It offered a number of innovative features including a four-stroke engine, an evaporative cooling system, three wire-spoke wheels and two-passenger seating. The most prominent innovation was the vehicle’s ability to generate its own power via the internal combustion engine.
2. The Two-Stroke Engine was patented in 1879. It was a new type of internal combustion engine designed to complete a power cycle with only two “strokes” or up and down movements as compared to the four-stroke engine, which required four strokes.
3. The Double-Pivot Steering System, patented in 1893, was considered the solution to the automotive steering problem of the late 1800’s. The system utilized a steering crank in place of the current steering shaft.
4. The Benz Patent Motor Car Velocipede was invented in 1894. It was considered the world’s first production car since over 1,200 units were built. The vehicle featured the new double-pivot steering system and it offered a lighter design with a new, smaller engine.
5. The Boxer Engine received a patent in 1896. The engine design was the first to feature horizontally-opposed pistons. This invention paved the way for high-performance racing car engines and helped set the standard for the Mercedes-Benz name we know today.
When you think of Abraham Lincoln you think of the historical president: the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, the first Republican President. He was also an inventor… Read More >>