32 technological innovations that will change your tomorrow

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The electric light bulb was a failure.

In the early 1800’s, the British chemist Humphry Davy invented the light bulb but it was a failure.  The light bulb spent almost 80 years being passed from one researcher to another.  Finally, in 1879, Thomas Edison figured out to to make a light bulb that people would buy.  But the technology wasn’t an immediate success.  Another 40 years later the electric utilities were stable and profitable businesses.  The light bulb only happened because the utilities created other reasons to use electricity.  They found a lot of uses for electric motors and the electric toaster and electric curling iron were invented.  They also built Coney Island.  And they installed electric streetcars lines in towns.   All of these other gadgets gave us the light bulb.

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SpaceX set to launch first commercial rocket to ISS

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Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, stands in front of a Falcon 9 rocket at SpaceX’s launch site.

A Falcon 9 rocket will lift-off from Cape Canaveral, Florida tomorrow night.  The craft will rendezvous in low-Earth orbit with the International Space Station (ISS) a few days after it has been launched.

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A brief history of the spork

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Is a spork the best of both worlds?

The Spork is a confusing utensil that in theory has the scooping and liquid-holding properties of a spoon combined with the food-stabbing features of a fork. However, with the spoon part too shallow to hold an acceptable amount of soup, and tines too short and stubby to properly penetrate anything firmer than a canned peach, the spork has become one of the longest standing jokes in culinary history…

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12 of the most iconic, unforgettable photos ever taken

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Battle of Gettysburg

This photograph has become synonymous with The Battle of Gettysburg, which was the most bloody battle of the American Civil War. Photographer Timothy H. O’Sullivan documented and recorded the battlefield, and this picture became a sensation. For many, this was their first chance to see, first hand, the true extent of the Civil War. However, it was not until 40 years after the battle that the pictures were mass produced, as photo-engraving had not been established. The picture shows dead confederate soldiers on the battlefield, and has earned its place in history as an iconic photograph.

Here is a collection of 12 of the most iconic photos ever taken. (Pics)

 

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The Rise of the Cause-Architect

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Futurist Thomas Frey:  In 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed into law the famous Emancipation Proclamation, a piece of legislation that gave freedom to all of the slaves. But true freedom was still a century away for those who lived in the black vs. white world leading up to the Civil Rights movement, an effort that began in earnest in the 1950s.

 

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Detecting Aircraft Before There Was Radar

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How air attacks were detected before  radar.

Beginning in the middle of the 1930s, engineering labs in the U.S. and Europe were experimenting with radar systems. Early radars did not have the slick plan position indicator (PPI) displays that modern systems use for plotting target movement for indication of azimuth (direction) and range (distance). Instead, oscilloscopes showed radar returns as amplitude blips along a time base that represented range. Azimuth was determined by where the operator pointed the antenna (rotating versions came later). Since radar cross section stealth technology had not been invented yet, the amplitude of the signal was useful a measure of the size of the target. (Pics)

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Tim Wu’s “Master Switch” – The Rise and Fall of Companies Who Develop New Technologies

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Tim Wu, the Columbia law professor who came up with the term “net neutrality” in a research paper, has just written a new book, “The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires,” published by Knopf. The book chronicles the rise and fall of companies that develop new technologies, and discusses the future of the Internet.

 

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