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  • Spark Ignition

    Sun, July 20th 2014


    “I would rather that my spark should bum out in a brilliant-blaze than it be stifled by dry-rot.” Attributed to Jack London Spark ignition may be regarded as the process by which a farmer uses a cattle prod to put his herd in motion. It is also the process that enables an internal combustion engine to run on gasoline. Spark ignition works by passing an electric current through aMore.

  • Steel-girder Skyscraper

    Sat, July 19th 2014


    "The skyscraper establishes the block, the block creates the street, the street offers itself to man." Roland Barthes, literary and social theorist Before the advent of the skyscraper, tall buildings were built to showcase great wealth, power, or religious beliefs. For the architect and civil engineer William Le Baron Jenney (1832-1907), the urge to build great edifices was born from a necessityMore.

  • Electric Tram

    Thu, July 17th 2014


    “You're talking about desire. The name of that... streetcar that bangs through the Quarter." Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) To this day the tram remains the least glamorous of all methods of public transport, but at least American electrical engineer Stephen Dudley Field (1846-1913) tried to give the humble vehicle a little more pizzazz. Field was not issued with a paMore.

  • Allen Key

    Wed, July 16th 2014


    “It’s essential to recognize that no tool... can approach the vastness of the universe and life itself." Hanz Decoz, numerologist                        In appearance it is a simple piece of metal with a hexagonal cross-section and a ninety-degree bend about three-quarters along its length. Called variously Hex key, Alien keMore.

  • Teflon®

    Tue, July 15th 2014


    "We recognized almost at once that the material was different and that It had potential... “ Lois Plunkett In 1938 research chemist Roy Plunkett (1910-1994) was working at the DuPont Jackson laboratory in New Jersey. He had been trying to improve refrigerants to make them nontoxic and nonflammable. Plunkett and his technician Jack Rebok had produced 100 pounds (45 kg) of tetrafluoroethMore.

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