Earth’s Unsung-est Heroes: Black Inventors, pt 2

Earth’s Unsung-est Heroes: Black Inventors, pt 2

      There’s a company out there, you might have seen videos of their products online, that makes furniture that converts from a bed to a desk.  Like an old-fashioned Murphy bed, but better, because the items on your desk and shelves can stay where...
Earth’s Unsung-est Heroes: Black Inventors, pt 1

Earth’s Unsung-est Heroes: Black Inventors, pt 1

  Edison, Franklin, Tesla, DaVinci, Bell, Wright, Marconi, Babbage, Goodyear.  These inventors’ names are synonymous with the technologies that have defined their times.  They have another thing in common; they’re all white men. But many Black inventors have...
Patent Schmatent

Patent Schmatent

  In 1895, German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen was conducting experiments with a Crookes tube – basically a glass gas bulb that gives off fluorescent light when a high-voltage current is passed through it.  Despite the tube being shielded by heavy black cardboard,...
The Dogs (and inventions) of War

The Dogs (and inventions) of War

3,150 soldiers and 54,000 pigeons made up the United States Army Pigeon Service, from 1917 to 1957, who delivered messages with an astounding 90 percent success rate.  One American pigeon known as G.I. Joe, no joke, even received a medal for gallantry after delivering...
Moral Panic! at the Disco

Moral Panic! at the Disco

 In the mid-18th century, American church officials spoke out vehemently against the work of founding father and inventor Benjamin Franklin.  They called him a heretic and said he would bring destruction upon them all. One pastor even blamed Franklin for invoking...