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Karl Ferdinand Braun – inventor of the famous Braun Tube

Karl Ferdinand Braun – inventor of the famous Braun Tube

Karl Ferdinand Braun (1850 – 1918) On June 6, 1850, inventor and engineer Karl Ferdinand Braun was born. The Nobel laureate (1909) is known for his significant improvement of radio and television technology in the Wilhelmine Period. Karl Ferdinand Braun was born in Fulda and spent his first university years in Marburg. He studied mathematics as well as natural sciences and became a member of the German student corp Teutonia…
More than just hot air – the Montgolfier-Balloons

More than just hot air – the Montgolfier-Balloons

The famous Montgolfier-Balloon The two brothers and business partners, Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier changed history on June 4, 1783, when they presented their hot air balloon for the first time to the public of Annonay, France. Joseph, Ètienne, and their 14 siblings were the children of paper manufacturer Pierre Montgolfier. After the death of the oldest brother Raymond in 1772, it was Ètienne’s turn to run the family business, which…
Can you solve Rubik’s Cube?

Can you solve Rubik’s Cube?

Ern? Rubik© Julio Cortez On June 2, 1980, the world’s most famous puzzle started to spread all over the world, infecting the population with addiction and curiosity about its solving. The Rubik’s Cube started to take over Germany in 1980, but its birth lays back in Hungary in the mid 1970’s. The magic cube is named after its creator Ern? Rubik, who is a Hungarian architect and inventor. Between 1971…
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…
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…
The Yes Men Fix the World

The Yes Men Fix the World

The Yes Men and the Haliburton SurvivaBall – Photo via Yes Men @ SurvivaNet. Jacques Servin and Igor Vamos form the culture jamming duo The Yes Men. Through their actions, they try to raise awareness about problematic social issues, in their sense. In order to do this, The Yes Men impersonate people of high economical or political influence to expose lies and injustices. They maintain fake websites to raise attention, which…
Don’t Panic! – remembering Douglas Adams

Don’t Panic! – remembering Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams (1952-2001) On May 11, 2001, writer, dramatist, and musician Douglas Noel Adams has passed away. His efforts as author resulted in five books of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy‘, the book ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency‘ and many other. He was also active as screenwriter for the television series ‘Doctor Who’ and (very notable) appeared twice in the fourth series of Monty Python’s Flying Circus. BTW he is…
‘Art is the Daughter of Freedom’ – Friedrich Schiller

‘Art is the Daughter of Freedom’ – Friedrich Schiller

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (1759 -1805) On May 9, 1805, the German poet, philosopher, and historian Friedrich Schiller passed away. As a representative of the Weimar Classicism and the ‘Sturm und Drang‘ (Storm and Drive) movement, Schiller published some of the most influential works of the time. The young Friedrich Schiller was enthusiastic to become a cleric, which was also the request by his parents. He studied Latin and…
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