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Front Seat or Back?

Front Seat or Back?

No matter where you are sitting, we all owe a lot to this week’s featured inventors, Leonard Dyer and Nikola Tesla.  The first is a man that history has perhaps forgotten, while the second is someone whose name may be a bit more familiar.  Either way, their visions may not be seen until the future. Leonard Dyer is the man who patented the six-stroke engine (patent #1125079).  Never heard of it? ...

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Asthma Vaccine Developed?

People who have asthma know how difficult it can be when it flares up.  The wheezing, tightness in the chest, and the sensation that you are not getting enough air into your lungs not only make it difficult to do physical activities, it also makes it quite scary.  Inhalers can help clear up the problems, but they only offer temporary relief for those who suffer its effects.  And it is not just a...

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An Instance where Copying really did Pay off

Many, if not most of us, know the story of Thomas Edison:  brilliant American who, through a combination of hard work and ingenuity, either invented or improved upon a plethora of inventions – so many so, in fact, that Edison has nearly 2000 American patents to his name.  Some of these inventions changed the world and became commonplace, such as the light bulb, electric meter (after all, he had...

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American Eating Habits and a Hugely Successful Patent- Lipitor

Ever wonder what the most successful US patent in history has been?  Well, if you gauge a patent by the amount of money that it makes for its creator, then the answer is pretty clear:  Lipitor (patent #4,681,893). Lipitor is a cholesterol-lowering drug.  Cholesterol in and of itself is not a bad thing.  In fact, it is necessary for our survival.  However, things like poor diet choices and lack...

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Is this What’s Meant by Laundering Money?

Laundry day – two of the worst words in the English language, and many of us even have it relatively easy today.  Since WWII, automatic machines in the home became much more prevalent, perhaps even the norm.  For those who don’t have one, laundry day means hauling clothes to the laundromat and waiting for it to be done.  Still, that is much easier than the days in which people had to haul it...

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A Solution to the Polar Vortex?

Think your invention is too simple to be patented?  Or maybe it seems so obvious that somebody must have already come up with it?  That is not always the case, as not all inventions need to be complicated to be effective.  Such is the case with this week’s featured invention. Not only does an invention not have to be complicated to receive a patent to be successful, the inventor doesn’t have to...

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I Scream, You Scream, You Know how it Goes

There’s very little that goes better with summer than ice cream, which is why this week we will celebrate all things ice cream as our invention of the week. Ice cream is one of those things that is truly impossible to date.  Not only was it invented long ago (and therefore has no patent), which in and of itself is problematic for dating it, but there is also the question as to what really...

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