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The story of Hedy Lamarr, the Hollywood beauty whose invention helped enable Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth

by David Brancaccio and Paulina Velasco Nov 21, 2017
A new documentary about the Golden Age of Hollywood actress turns the spotlight on her brilliant mind.
Inventor and actress Hedy Lamarr in"Dishonored Lady."
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6 everyday inventions that were born from space tech

by Molly Wood and Kristin Schwab Sep 26, 2017
Baby formula, braces, air purifiers and more.
A digital illustration of the newly discovered gaseous planet Kepler-16, which is orbiting its two stars.
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Innovators

Thomas Jennings perfected dry cleaning as he pushed for abolition

by Dan Bobkoff Feb 25, 2014
Thomas Jennings was the first African American to receive a U.S. patent, 44 years before slavery ended.

Channeling Nikola Tesla's electric currents today

by Molly Wood 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.

The biggest obstacle for the Hyperloop? Money

by Molly Wood 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.'
By The Numbers

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

by Molly Wood 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?

What is the best age for innovation?

by Jeremy Hobson 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.

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

by Molly Wood 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.

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

by Molly Wood 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.
Codebreaker

Big prize if you invent a Star Trek tricorder

by John Moe Jan 13, 2012
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