New invention fights clogged drains and ‘fatbergs’

As a real estate investor who manages his own rental properties, Shawn Santos continually encountered the same issue with his tenants: clogged kitchen sinks. “I just got so frustrated with it, and the …
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Streams of invention: Jason Rebello and Nikki Yeoh Trio at Ronnie Scott’s, London

The previous surge in British jazz, which began in the late 1980s, brought together the acoustic renaissance spearheaded by Wynton Marsalis, hip-hop, soul and Afro-Caribbean beats. Saxophonist …
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The invention of the nuclear bomb

Leo Szilard was waiting to cross the road near Russell Square in London when the idea came to him. It was 12 September 1933. A little under 12 years later, the US dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima, …
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Which circuit breaker controls that light switch? Emmaus teen patents invention to help.

Any time a light went out in the Schmidt house in Emmaus, chaos would ensue. Someone would have to go down into one of the home’s two basements and jigger circuit breaker switches to figure out which …
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The Invention Of Cities: Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the unprecedented shift in human history known as the Neolithic Revolution. We learned that this change originated in what is now Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and …
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Grammar rules are an invention. It’s time to stop taking them so seriously.

Once upon a time, there were no grammar rules and writers were free to experiment with punctuation as they saw fit. It wasn’t until the late 1700s that grammar books became popular (and lucrative), …
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