What is the World’s Greatest Invention? Watch the New Miss America Contestants Answer Vintage Questions

If someone asked you what the world’s greatest invention was, what would you say? The computer? The car? Flaming hot Cheetos? During the 1958 Miss America competition, this question was posed to Miss Colorado, who had a pretty good answer that still …
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Getting sick at the hospital is a real problem — one this invention hopes to solve

CINCINNATI — Hundreds of worries populate the mind of anyone who finds themselves checked into a hospital, no matter how minor their illness or how decorated the staff, but the cleanliness of their mattress is not usually among them. It’s such a small …
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The Army, The Inventor And The Surprising Uses Of A Batman … – NPR


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The Army wanted a new, small device that could pull a person rapidly up a rope. The invention they eventually got has uses far beyond the military.

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A mother’s invention, Barbie-like doll recites Quran verses

DUBAI, Sept 5 (Reuters) – French businesswoman and mother Samira Amarir struggled to find toys which could help impart her Islamic faith to her young daughter, so she invented her own. Now the Barbie-lookalike “Jenna” doll, which she designed from …
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The mothers of invention – Can women change the world?

What have windscreen wipers, computer software, stem cell isolation and dishwashers got in common? Give up? They were all invented by women. Sadly I’ve no prize to offer those who know their female inventors but it does set the scene for 2017’s 100 …
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Review: ‘Fifty Inventions’ Falls Short of Its Ambitions – The New York … – New York Times


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Tim Harford's Undercover Economist persona has been dissecting the economics of everyday life for over a decade. His efforts, initially through a column that …
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