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Thomas Jennings perfected dry cleaning as he pushed for abolition

Feb 25, 2014
Thomas Jennings was the first African American to receive a U.S. patent, 44 years before slavery ended.
Posted In: black history month, Thomas Jennings, dry cleaning, inventions

Channeling Nikola Tesla's electric currents today

Jul 26, 2013
The inventor has been cast as Thomas Edison's more magical nemesis and contemporary -- and he's currently being celebrated at the New York Hall of Science.
Posted In: inventions, electricity, New York City

The biggest obstacle for the Hyperloop? Money

Jul 22, 2013
Musk has only hinted at what the Hyperloop is, but he's described his latest idea as a 'cross between a Concorde, a railgun and an air hockey table.'
Posted In: tesla, Elon Musk, transporation, inventions

A look at the 'Hyperloop,' and other off-beat inventions in history

Jul 16, 2013
Tesla's Elon Musk hopes to revolutionize transportation with a combination railgun, air hockey table and Concorde. What can he learn from past inventions?
Posted In: inventions, Elon Musk

What is the best age for innovation?

Apr 8, 2013
Are you more innovative in your 20s or your 50s? Tom Agan, managing partner at innovation and brand consultancy Rivia, has come up with answer that might surprise you.
Posted In: innovation, inventions, workforce

As the cellphone turns 40, the story behind the famous first call

Apr 4, 2013
40 years ago the cellphone was invented by Martin Cooper at Motorola, much to the dismay of a competing team at AT&T's Bell Labs.
Posted In: Cellphones, Tech, inventions

Patent race: Patent rules switch from first-to-invent to first-to-file

Mar 18, 2013
Monday is the first day on which patents will be awarded to the first filer of the patent not the first person to come up with an idea. Many worry this will favor applicants with big money behind them.
Posted In: patents, inventions, Tech

Big prize if you invent a Star Trek tricorder

Jan 13, 2012
Live longer and prosper more
Posted In: star trek, Health, inventions

IBM shows off new storage techniques

Jan 13, 2012
Zeros and ones packed into a handful of atoms.
Posted In: atoms, IBM, computers, inventions

U.K. survey: iPhone more important invention than toilet

May 19, 2010
iPhone or washing machine? iPhone or space travel? iPhone or internal combustion engine? If you had to pick between the pairs, which would be the...
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