The screw thread … a simple device that cranked technology to new levels. Without the humble screw thread our world would literally fall apart.
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.
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.
Locks and keys are an everyday part of our lives … how could we secure anything without them ? Here’s some background on their development.
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?
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...
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.
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.
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 ?
Microwave ovens are part of everyday life. But how to they work?
A ball-point pen is often called a Biro, because the brothers Biro invented it.
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.
Concrete is not a modern material. Did you know the Romans used it? But who discovered it and how long ago was it used?
Solar cells, or photovoltaic cells, convert energy from sunlight into electricity… but how? What principles lie behind this technology?