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Computer Games

Computer Games

In 1952, A.S. Douglas wrote his PhD degree at the University of Cambridge on Human-Computer interraction. Douglas created the first graphical computer game – a version of Tic-Tac-Toe. The game was programmed on a EDSAC vaccuum-tube computer, which had a ...

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The History of Transportation

The History of Transportation

3500 BC Fixed wheels on carts are invented – the first wheeled vehicles in history. Other early wheeled vehicles include the chariot. 3500 BC River boats are invented – ships with oars 2000 BC Horses are domesticated and used for ...

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Soft Drink History

Soft Drink History

Soft drinks by definition are carbonated drinks that are non-alcoholic. Carbonated soft drinks are also refereed to as soda, soda pop, pop, or tonic. 1798 The term “soda water” first coined. 1810 First U.S. patent issued for the manufacture of ...

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History of Microscopes

History of Microscopes

The definition of a microscope: An instrument for viewing objects that are too small to be seen easily by the naked eye. * Circa 1000AD – The first vision aid was invented (inventor unknown) called a reading stone. It was ...

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Evolution of Submarine Design

Evolution of Submarine Design

1578 The first submarine design was drafted by William Borne but never got past the drawing stage. Borne’s submarine design was based on ballast tanks which could be filled to submerge and evacuated to surface – these same principles are ...

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History of Lighting and Lamps

History of Lighting and Lamps

The first lamp was invented around 70,000 BC. A hollow rock, shell or other natural found object was filled with moss or a similar material that was soaked with animal fat and ignited. Humans began imitating the natural shapes with ...

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The History of the Incandescent Lightbulb

The History of the Incandescent Lightbulb

1809 – Humphry Davy, an English chemist, invented the first electric light. Davy connected two wires to a battery and attached a charcoal strip betwween the other ends of the wires. The charged carbon glowed making the first arc lamp. ...

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History Photovoltaics Timeline

History Photovoltaics Timeline

1839: Nineteen-year-old Edmund Becquerel, a French experimental physicist, discovered the photovoltaic effect while experimenting with an electrolytic cell made up of two metal electrodes. 1873: Willoughby Smith discovered the photoconductivity of selenium. 1876: Adams and Day observed the photovoltaic effect ...

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The History of Communication

The History of Communication

3500 BC to 2900 BC     The Phoenicians develop an alphabet. The Sumerians develop cuneiform writing – pictographs of accounts written on clay tablets. The Egyptians develop hieroglyphic writing. 1775 BC     Greeks use a phonetic alphabet written from left ...

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The History of Chewing Gum and Bubble Gum

The History of Chewing Gum and Bubble Gum

By the early 20th century, Americans could not get enough of the confection called chewing gum invented by Thomas Adams. Timeline * The ancient Greeks chewed mastiche – a chewing gum made from the resin of the mastic tree. * ...

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