Great British Inventions
Mar22

Great British Inventions

The British have always been an innovative and inventive nation. Just how inventive may surprise you. In this article we look at just four of the inventions that Britons have made without which, life today would be very different indeed.

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How the Ancient Romans built the Railways of the World
Feb12

How the Ancient Romans built the Railways of the World

How on earth can Ancient Romans have built our modern railway system ? We take a side-ways look at this claim.

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Keeping it together – The Screw Thread
Feb01

Keeping it together – The Screw Thread

The screw thread … a simple device that cranked technology to new levels. Without the humble screw thread our world would literally fall apart.

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The Internet – Who ‘invented’ it ?
Dec07

The Internet – Who ‘invented’ it ?

If you type origin of internet’ into Google, the results will give you some idea of how complex the story of its evolution is! However, it is possible to offer a potted history of it.

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The Zipper
Oct19

The Zipper

The zipper is an indispensable little piece of technology that we’d be lost without. It was an out-of-the-blue invention. Nothing like it had ever existed before.

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Locks & Keys – How did they come about?
Oct02

Locks & Keys – How did they come about?

Locks and keys are an everyday part of our lives … how could we secure anything without them ? Here’s some background on their development.

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Glass
Sep18

Glass

A world without glass is unthinkable . Entire buildings today can be made up pretty much entirely of glass. But when did man first discover it, use it and eventually learn how to manufacture it?

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Ground Source Heat Pumps
Sep04

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Ground Source heat pumps promise to supply most if not all the heating required for any new house without drawing ANY energy from the Electricity Grid! What are they? Ground source heat pumps use solar energy naturally stored in soil, bedrock and groundwater as a heat source. They do require electricity to operate, but efficiently produce up to five times as much heat energy for every unit of electricity they use. How does it work?A...

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Pykrete – Aircraft Carriers made of Wood & Ice
Aug28

Pykrete – Aircraft Carriers made of Wood & Ice

Pykrete is a real substance made from wood chips and ice with strange and fantastical properties that were actually considered for use in building Royal Navy aircraft carriers during World War II.

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The Fax Machine
Jul31

The Fax Machine

Believe it or not, the fax machine was invented over 165 years ago ! In this article we look at how this irreplacable office tool came about.

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Nails – How Long Have They Been Around ?
Jul27

Nails – How Long Have They Been Around ?

We take for granted the humble nail and screw when doing some DIY. But if we didn’t have them everything would fall apart, literally. So where did they origanate from ?

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How does a Microwave Oven Work ?
Jun19

How does a Microwave Oven Work ?

Microwave ovens are part of everyday life. But how to they work?

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The Ball-point pen
May22

The Ball-point pen

A ball-point pen is often called a Biro, because the brothers Biro invented it.

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The Printing Press – Taking the written word to the masses
May15

The Printing Press – Taking the written word to the masses

Ideas that changed the World : The invention of printing & the printing press like many innovations evolved over time but there was one seminal moment when the printing press exploded on the scene and changed society forever.

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Cement and Concrete
Mar23

Cement and Concrete

Concrete is not a modern material. Did you know the Romans used it? But who discovered it and how long ago was it used?

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