Origins of Everyday Inventions we use in the Office : Selloptape; Photo-copier Post-It Notes
Aug10

Origins of Everyday Inventions we use in the Office : Selloptape; Photo-copier Post-It Notes

We can take a lot things for granted in our day to day lives. Take your office for example : Who came up with the idea of those little yellow rectangles that are indispensable for leaving a note stuck to your colleagues screen or the photo-copier that will faithfully churn out copies of a document your boss forgot he absolutely positively needs 5 minutes before a crucial meeting.

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Strange but True : Medical Scanners from Old Battleships
Jul13

Strange but True : Medical Scanners from Old Battleships

The idea that all war is forever over and that swords will be put to a more peaceful use is appealing, but seemingly ever beyond our grasp. The literal forging of weapons into a better purpose seems far fetched, so it will surprise you to know that today we literally are doing this! Medical Scanners are being made from old WW2 and pre-WW2 Battleships. But why ?

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The Mile High Tea Club – Or is it Possible to get a Good Cuppa whilst In-Flight?
May22

The Mile High Tea Club – Or is it Possible to get a Good Cuppa whilst In-Flight?

At guernseydonkey.com we take our tea very seriously to wit our advice on “Making the Perfect Cup of Tea”. So, to the next tea conundrum : Is it possible to get a decent cup of tea while on an aeroplane ?

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How Do Quartz Watches Work ?
Apr10

How Do Quartz Watches Work ?

Quartz watches – we all know of them, use them , rely on them – but have you ever stopped to wonder how they work ? How a mineral like quartz can possibly be used to keep acurate time? Well wonder no more, in this article we hope to lay bare some the secrets and mysteries of the little marvel on your wrist, the quartz watch.

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The Joy of Slinky – The Physics of a Metal Marvel
Jan30

The Joy of Slinky – The Physics of a Metal Marvel

I’ve recently re-discovered the joy of the Slinky – one of the simplest of all children’s toys and yet, so beguiling, as it seems to defy the laws of physics by hinting at some sort of perpetual motion. So how on earth does this work?

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Reading Ancient ‘Unreadable’ Texts Lost for Centuries
Aug18

Reading Ancient ‘Unreadable’ Texts Lost for Centuries

Any Bibliophile will appreciate, or at least empathise (if you’ve never had the opportunity), the exquisite pleasure of gazing upon an ancient book or scroll and reading the words engraved on its pages hundreds or thousands of years ago.

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How Happy is Your Dog ?
Jun16

How Happy is Your Dog ?

When it comes to the pointless application of technology then this must rank pretty high … Introducing the Wagometer

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How Do Bees Communicate ? – And How we can use this for Internet Webservers
Mar24

How Do Bees Communicate ? – And How we can use this for Internet Webservers

Examining how Bees work and interact reveals a highly organised and efficient ‘machine’. They appear to co-operate, communicate and work together as a unit with one purpose. But given that Bees don’t seem to communicate verbally, how do they do it?

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Are We in a Digital Information Dark Age Right Now ?
Mar07

Are We in a Digital Information Dark Age Right Now ?

We are living in an age when the amount of data being collected every minute from the daily lives of those on the planet has never been greater. Information is literally is at our fingertips. So how could we be in a ‘Digital Information Dark Age’ ?

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Now that’s a Great Idea – Dirt Repelling Clothes
Jan31

Now that’s a Great Idea – Dirt Repelling Clothes

This is something to get washing machine and soap manuafactures in a lather – clothes that clean themselves, or at least resist the grubby attention of the World’s grime.

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The Humble Vacuum Cleaner – Who Invented it ?
Oct25

The Humble Vacuum Cleaner – Who Invented it ?

The vacuum cleaner is perhaps the only invention whose history begins with a handkerchief stuffed in a man’s mouth. The mouth belonged to British engineer Hubert Booth.

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Dynamite
Oct18

Dynamite

Nothing seems quite so paradoxical as the inventor of dynamite being the sponsor of the World’s most renowned peace award – The Nobel Prize. That being the case the invention of Dynamite, please note NOT gunpowder, was a pretty seminal moment in the history of technology.

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Who Invented the Vending Machine ?
Oct11

Who Invented the Vending Machine ?

The Vending Machine is a lot older than you might think. It was actually invented by Greek inventor ‘Hero of Alexandria’ who came up with the first known vending machine design around AD 60.

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Technology Firsts : The First Telegraphic Message Across the Atlantic
Sep13

Technology Firsts : The First Telegraphic Message Across the Atlantic

On August 16, 1858, the first ever message was sent across the Atlantic by telegraph cable it read : “Glory to God in the highest; on earth, peace and good will toward men”. The transmission marked the culmination of 19 years of dreams, plans setbacks and hard work.

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The First Cities
Jul12

The First Cities

Thursday July 12 2007 was a seminal day (apparently). On that day the a United Nations report, that coincided with World Population Day, revealed that for the first time in history, more people were now living in cities than rural areas. But how did this come about ? In this artice we look at the key argricultural and technological developements needed for this to happen.

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