Interesting Facts About Technology

In 1982 the computer was named "Man of the Year" by Time magazine.

A Chinese Scientist discovered that the Earth is round during the Han Dynasty by measuring the sun and moon's path in the sky. He recorded this fact down in the imperial records but went unnoticed until it was unearthed recently.

The largest diamond that was ever found was 3106 carats.

A rocket-like device can be traced back to Ancient Greece when a flying steam-powered pigeon was built out of wood.

Before air conditioning was invented, white cotton slipcovers were put on furniture to keep the air cool.

In 1876, the first microphone was invented by Emile Berliner.

Research on pigs led to the development of CAT scans.

Sixteen percent fewer girls than boys reported ever talking to their parents about science and technology issues.

A cesium atom in an atomic clock that beats over nine billion times a second.

From the smallest microprocessor to the largest mainframes, an average American depends on more than 250 computers per day.

Dating back to the 1600s, thermometers were filled with brandy instead of mercury.

The first hard drive available for the Apple II had a capacity of 5 Megabytes.

Would you believe that the quartz crystal in your wristwatch vibrates 32,768 times a second.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

The first words that Thomas A. Edison spoke into the phonograph were, "Mary had a little lamb."

While still in college, Bill Gates and Paul Allen once built a special purpose machine called "Traff-O-Data." It was a machine to analyze information gathered by traffic monitors. But they never found any buyers for their machine.

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