Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Flaked Cereal turns 128 – thanks to John H. Kellogg

The Flaked Cereal turns 128 – thanks to John H. Kellogg

John Harvey Kellogg1852 – 1943 On May 31, 1884, the health-food fanatic John Harvey Kellogg patented his ‘flaked cereal’ during his time as the superintendent of the ‘Battle Creek Sanitarium‘ in Michigan. During all his lifetime, the medical doctor John Harvey Kellogg focused on nutrition and used to be a strict vegetarian himself. Through his work at the sanitarium, he offered classes on healthy food preparation and was an advocate…
Standing up to Earthquakes

Standing up to Earthquakes

Earthquakes happen every day around the globe, only this year 7,156 quakes have been registered by seismometers, but most of them stay unnoticed for us humans. For many years now, seismologists are motivated to predict earthquakes, but precise forecasting according to the time and area of the quakes are still impossible. Due to the imprecise forecasts, American and Japanese scientists found a way to simulate earthquakes through designing a huge…
The Mechanical Telegraph – a French Invention

The Mechanical Telegraph – a French Invention

Claude Chappe’s Optical Telegraph(Museée des Arts et Metiers) On May 23, 1813, the first (modern) optical telegraph line following the mechanical telegraphy system of the French inventor Claude Chappe between Metz and Mainz was established. No, this wasn’t the first of its kind, but it was the first to connect the former already in France established telegraphy system with a (now) German city. Long before the days of Morse Code…
The Opening of The Golden Gate Bridge – 75 Years ago…

The Opening of The Golden Gate Bridge – 75 Years ago…

The Golden Gate Bridge celebrates its 75th anniversary(©lysander07) On May 27th 1937 The Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco spanning over the opening of the San Francisco Bay and connecting the City with Marin County was opened for public traffic. When the planning for the bridge started back in 1916 many experts said that a bridge couldn’t be built across the 6,700 ft (2,042 m) strait. It had strong, swirling tides and…
The World Wide Web is Coming of Age

The World Wide Web is Coming of Age

A panel discussion at the first WWW conference. Kevin Altis,Dave Raggett, Rick Rodgers, ©W3C. 18 years ago today, the very first World Wide Web Conference started with a Welcome Receiption at the restaurant of CERN at Geneva, the European laboratory for particle physics, where the Web also started a few years earlier. The Web (or W3 as they also called it those days) was still some kind of project, but…
Dit dit dit da dit – The first Morse Telegram

Dit dit dit da dit – The first Morse Telegram

The first public telegram sent in America by Samuel F.B. Morse in 1844 On May 24th 1844 the very first Morse telegram went over the line. Samuel Morse and his colleague Alfred Vail knew that the very first phrase to be sent with the new telecommunication medium was to be remembered. So what should they transmit? Morse came up with a quote from the bible, certainly well chosen for an…
How a Cobbler became the ‘Princeps Botanicorum’ – Carl Linnaeus

How a Cobbler became the ‘Princeps Botanicorum’ – Carl Linnaeus

Taxonomy as a science has been founded by the 18th century Swedish botanist Carl Linné (later enobled Carl von Linné or more fashionable in Latin Carolus Linnaeus). He was born 305 years ago in 1707 and after some difficulties right at the start – he was a rather sluggish student and his dissapointed father saw no other option than to apprentice him to a cobbler…Linné soon realized that academia might not…
Remembering Robert Moog – Inventor of the famous Moog Synthesizer

Remembering Robert Moog – Inventor of the famous Moog Synthesizer

Without difficulty, you can notice that a pioneer in musical engineering is to be remembered today. Today’s Google Doodle shows the Moog synthesizer, invented by Robert Arthur Moog, who was born on May 23, 1934. At the age of 14, Robert Moog started constructing his first theremin and later sold construction kits very successfully. Only five years later, he founded his first company, R.A. Moog Co., which was designated to…
Happy Birthday Pac-Man

Happy Birthday Pac-Man

On May 22, 1980, one of the most famous characters in the history of gaming was born. Pac-Man was developed by the Japanese company Namco and amazed many people around the globe. Even Ronald Reagan – former US president – demonstrated his interest in the little yellow fellow when he congratulated an eight-year-old boy for his game-achievements in 1982. Originally, the game was developed to attract girls, because the arcade centers were overcrowded with…
Count Vampyre from Styria – or what Bram Stoker did not write

Count Vampyre from Styria – or what Bram Stoker did not write

Le Vampire – Philip Burne-Jones (1897) On May 18, 1897, Bram Stoker published his seminal book ‘Dracula‘ in London and established one of the most influential genres in fantastic literature by introducing the Transylvanian blood sucker. Nowadays most people don’t know that identifying Dracula with the historical Vlad Tepes — called the impaler — was completely made up by Stoker himself. Oh, obviously Vlad Tepes was anything else but a…
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