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IDF LearJet

A serial inventor’s best-known project burst into flames before being embraced by the rich and famous. Read More...

row of Les Paul Gibson guitars

A shattered arm didn’t stop one guitar player from redefining music and influencing rock & roll for generations. Read More...

Charles Darwin research station

Scientists often live by the mantra “publish or perish.” But one young naturalist kept a revolutionary theory to himself for 20 years. When Charles Darwin finally shared his findings, he faced tremendous criticism, says Sean B. Carroll, the author of The Making of the Fittest. Read More...

colorful thread

Without the money to attend medical school, one inventor instead developed a futuristic – and life-saving – material. Read More...

explosion

An obituary – published in error – spurred one inventor to take a second look at his legacy. Read More...

slinky in the sea

A stray piece of metal in a Philadelphia shipyard provided the inspiration for an affordable toy with a uniquely American twist. Read More...

copy sign

When an inventive patent officer got tired of the tedious proofreading process his job entailed, he started searching for a better way to make copies. Read More...

sculpture from the FDR memorial

A long-forgotten political race for Iowa’s Secretary of State produced a new way of polling voters and catapulted one unelected man to fame. Read More...

beer flight

While ancient civilizations were building pyramids and mapping the globe, they also brewed up a new use for grains. William Bostwick, author of The Brewer's Tale, discusses the intersection between beer and innovation. Read More...

classic arcade game

When one electrical engineer’s dreams of working for Disney were dashed, he didn’t give up. Instead, he invented something that changed the world. Read More...

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