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Back in the Day – The Death of Magnetic Tape

Today’s dying media spotlight is magnetic tape. By definition magnetic tape “is a plastic ribbon coated on one side with an iron-oxide material that can be magnetized by electromagnetic pulses for storing data.”

Magnetic tapes came in open re…

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How A Photovoltic Cell Works

The “photovoltaic effect” is the basic physical process through which a PV cell converts sunlight into electricity. Sunlight is composed of photons, or particles of solar energy. These photons contain various amounts of energy corresponding to…

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Inventions are Interdependent

The first microphone was a telephone transmitter invented by Emile Berliner for Alexander Graham Bell in 1876. The invention of radio, spurred the invention of better quality broadcasting microphones.

The computer is another good example of a…

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Pictures From The Industrial Revolution

Enjoy a stroll down yesteryear with our pictorial timeline depicting the major textile-related inventions of the industrial revolution. View the Newcomen steam engine. Find out what a flying shuttle is. Get a kick out of the spinning mule. S…

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Inventions That Didn’t Quite Make It – Spray-on Condoms

Comedy designer condoms

In 2006, German inventor Jan Vinzenz Krause of the Institute for Condom Consultancy created the spray-on condom aka the Sprühkondom . The concept was that men could buy a kit that they could use to make custom-fit condoms. The benefits were that buying the wrong size was no longer possible and figuring out which side was what was no longer necessary. All a man had to do was insert his penis into a special chamber, where his penis was sprayed with a fast-drying latex liquid, that dried into a protective coating in about a minute or two.

Turns out, that during market testing it was shown that most men were uncomfortable with using the chamber, disliked the hissing noises that the spray nozzle made, and surprise, surprise didn’t like waiting the time it took the spray-on condom to dry.

As for that picture up above… sorry I couldn’t find a decent photo of the spray-on condom, however, I thought you might like looking at these equally short-lived condoms. The photo depicts comedy designer condoms made out to be football players in display in a shop window when Amsterdam prepared for the FIFA2010 World Cup Final between Netherlands and Spain. Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images

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Annual Independent Inventor Conference October 11-12 at the USPTO

The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) 18th Independent Inventor Conference will be held October 11-12, 2013. After taking place in other regions of the country for the last few years, the conference comes home to the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Va. This two-day event is tailored for prospective or established independent inventors and small business owners. Subject-matter experts from a broad spectrum of government, legal, entrepreneurial, and business development entities will deliver vital information regarding intellectual property and commerce best practices that can help attendees be better positioned for success. A special pre-conference workshop will be held the evening of October 10 to help attendees prepare to get the most out of the conference. For more information, visit the Office of Innovation Development’s current events page and keep on the lookout for updates.

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Are You An ENTP Personality Type?

That’s the personality type called the “rational inventor” according to the Keirsey Temperament Sorter. The Sorter is a personality questionnaire or temperament analysis designed by Doctor David M. Keirsey that assigns you a personality type.

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Why the YKK on the Zip Tab?

YKK on Zipper

Have you every wondered why the initials YKK are stamped on most zippers?

That’s because today most zippers are made by a Japanese company founded in 1934 called YKK, the largest manufacturer of zippers originally called Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha after the company’s founder.

YKK has over 205 zipper factories  in 68 different countries around the world. Their largest factory is in the state of Georgia, USA which produces more than 7 million zippers per day. Photo Credit: Morguefile

  • History of the Zipper
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YKK on Zipper

Why the YKK on the Zip Tab?

YKK on Zipper

Have you every wondered why the initials YKK are stamped on most zippers?

That’s because today most zippers are made by a Japanese company founded in 1934 called YKK, the largest manufacturer of zippers originally called Yoshida Kogyo Kabushikikaisha after the company’s founder.

YKK has over 205 zipper factories  in 68 different countries around the world. Their largest factory is in the state of Georgia, USA which produces more than 7 million zippers per day. Photo Credit: Morguefile

  • History of the Zipper
Source: About.com

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Gerardus Mercator

The Mercator projection was developed in 1569 by Gerardus Mercator as a navigation tool. Gerardus Mercator was the leading mapmaker of the 15th Century.

Terrestrial Globes, Terrain Model Maps, & Armillary Spheres
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