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  1. Digital Photography — 2018-04-22 17:12:31
    …in Chelmsford. In 1968 Dr Tompsett invented the un-cooled Pyro-electric thermal-imaging camera tube. He also invented a solid-state version, which is now the basis for thermal imagers made today used by the military for night-vision, by firefigh…
    …rch-and-rescue and civilian uses worldwide. == Overseas == Tompsett moved to Bell Laboratories USA in 1969 to develop solid-state cameras. Shortly after joining, Boyle and Smith, also at Bell Labs, came up with the Charge-Coupled Device, CCD, …
  2. Rubber — 2018-02-14 23:42:28
    …gned a machine with revolving teeth that tore up rubber scraps. To Hancock's surprise, the shredded bits adhered into a solid mass of rubber that could then be pressed in molds into solid blocks or rolled into sheets. Hancock's masticator, which…
    …ed in **1843**, a process whereby heating rubber and **sulphur** together at about 155'C for two hours gave a horn-like solid containing 30% sulphur. Hancock took out another patent on May 21st, 1845 to try to protect his methods. Three weeks la…
  3. Plastic — 2018-01-25 10:47:21
    …he called '''Parkesine'''. Parkesine was based on cellulose nitrate and was the first plastic. Parkes observed that the solid residue left after the evaporation of the solvent of photographic collodion was a “hard, horny elastic and waterproof…
  4. Pencil — 2017-10-26 16:13:41
    … Cumberland pencils were used to create Raymond Briggs's The Snowman. It remains the only large-scale deposit of pure solid graphite ever found. == Links == [[http://www.pencilmuseum.co.uk | Pencil museum]]…
  5. Tarmac — 2017-06-30 14:08:12
    …had poured waste slag from the nearby furnaces to cover up the mess. Hooley noticed this unintentional resurfacing had solidified the road - there was no rutting and no dust. By 1902 Hooley had patented the process of heating **tar**, adding *…
  6. Electric Car — 2017-06-19 23:50:19
    …-wheel steering. These features are even now being described as revolutionary. In 1888 Elwell-Parker Ltd. agreed to consolidated with other companies to form the Electric Construction Corporation. == First mention == Even earlier the very fir…
  7. Linoleum — 2017-05-25 10:14:38
    …oday. == Inspiration == Walton was born in Halifax [[Yorkshire]]. In 1855, Walton noticed a rubbery, flexible skin of solidified linseed oil had formed on a can of oil-based paint. He was impressed at how strong this skin was and wondered if m…
  8. Suffolk Punch — 2017-05-11 11:24:43
    … mentioned in 1586. It takes its name from the county of [[Suffolk]] [[England]] and punch to describe its strength and solid build. The local farmers needed a draught horse with power, stamina, health, longevity, and docility for farm work. …
  9. Vacuum Flask — 2017-05-02 15:07:40
    …action of gases and the property of matter at extremely low temperatures. He was the first person to liquefy, and later solidify, hydrogen and show that metals had increased ability to conduct electricity at low temperatures. Using charcoal as…
  10. Jigsaw Puzzle — 2016-09-22 12:42:58
    …ying Spilsbury’s former apprentice Harry Ashby. == Modern Twist == At this point the puzzles were all hand made on solid wood and were too expensive to be considered a toy. It took over 100 years after they were invented - that these ‘dis…

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