Posts Tagged: ‘The Stuff of Genius podcast’

Plastic is a ubiquitous and incredibly useful invention, but it has some serious downsides. But what if plastics were biodegradable? Tune in to learn more about the evolution and advantages of bioplastics.

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Before Bartolomeo Cristofori began tinkering with musical instruments for Ferdinando de Medici, no one had heard of a piano. Tune in to learn how Cristofori’s Stuff of Genius changed music — and history — in this podcast.

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Today the MRI is a crucial piece of technology, and its ability to scan the human body in a noninvasive way makes it an invaluable diagnostic tool. But who built it, and how does it work? Tune in to find out.

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Whether they’re building blood banks or conveniences like air conditioning and the world wide web, inventors have given us a lot to be thankful for. Tune in and watch as we thank three inventors in particular in this special Thanksgiving episode.

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Unlike many modern inventions, high heels can’t be traced to a single inventor. In fact, this unique form of footware dates back into antiquity. Listen in and learn more about the evolution of high heels.

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You might be surprised to learn that the creator of modern-day Tabasco sauce was once a banker. Yet when the Civil War wiped his fortunes away, Edmund didn’t give up. He hunkered down in his garden and made the Stuff of Genius. Tune in to learn more.

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Before his Stuff of Genius struck, Thomas Adams had already lived a very interesting life — in fact, he even spent time with the infamous Santa Anna. Tune in to learn how Thomas failed at making synthetic rubber and ended up with chewing gum.

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Although silicon carbide occurs in the natural world, it’s extremely rare. Tune in to learn how Edward Acheson got struck by inspiration and learned how to manufacture this substance, which he called carborundum.

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When Al Gross was nine years old, he wandered into a steamboat’s radio room while vacationing with his family. For the rest of his life he was fascinated by wireless communication. Tune in and learn more about Al’s Stuff of Genius.

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Daniel Fahrenheit built several types of thermometers, but his Stuff of Genius wasn’t restricted to a few temperature measuring devices. Tune in and learn how Daniel Fahrenheit invented the system that bears his name today.

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