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  • Revolving Door

    Mon, July 28th 2014


    "Great works are often born on a street comer or in a restaurant's revolving door." Albert Camus, writer The concept of a revolving door is not, for want of a better word, revolutionary. It is simply a rotating door made from several "wings" as opposed to one flat panel. But the architectural, social, and environmental implications of revolving doors are rather intriguing. The first patent foMore.

  • Vacuum Flask

    Sun, July 27th 2014


    "The mirrored dome of an upturned Dewar flask is a thing of beauty, which every chemist should own." Andrea Sella, Royal Society of Chemistry website Needing a container capable of storing liquid forms of chemicals, Scottish physicist and chemist James Dewar (1842-1923) designed the vacuum flask that came to bear his name. In 1892, Dewar put one flask inside another and then sucked out the air More.

  • 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.

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