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Churchill: Seth Wheeler’s invention is Albany’s gift to the world

I have lived within walking distance of his grave for nearly a decade, but, inexcusably, I had neglected to pay my respects to the greatest of Albanians. That changed on a recent sunny day, when I …
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Doctor Doom’s 5 Best Inventions (& 5 That Nearly Destroyed The World)

Doctor Doom has created quite a few brilliant inventions in his never-ending battle against the Fantastic Four, though some were almost catastrophic.
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‘Rufus Porter’s Curious World: Art and Invention in America, 1815-1860’ Review: Products of a Failed Polymath

A museum profile of the eccentric inventor, painter, publisher and proselytizer whose endeavors rarely succeeded.
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How the Invention of Spreadsheet Software Unleashed Wall Street on the World

In 2010, a pair of researchers published a controversial economics paper. It was cited by UK politicians to justify austerity measures that sparked economic and employment crises, and anti …
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The Invention That Won World War II

Thousands of flat-bottomed boats plowed through rough seas under cold gray skies. The smell of diesel fumes and vomit was overwhelming as the small vessels lurched toward the beaches. Waves slapped …
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The Consequences of Invention Secrecy: Evidence from the USPTO Patent Secrecy Program in World War I

Information plays a critical role in technological progress, yet many inventors opt for trade secrecy to protect their intellectual property. This paper studies the myriad repercussions of concealing …
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