The discoveries, inventions, and startups shaping the future
And a whole lot of other diseases
The tagging system was invented years before it became practical.
Injuries are the most common cause of death if you're under 44, and about one-fifth are connected to car accidents.
So they added lemon.
Stefan Kudelski set out to explore robotics. He changed the film industry instead.
After Hans Berger received an uncanny telegram, he spent years trying to measure psychic energy.
Ninety years ago, astronomers weren't sure if the Milky Way was all there was. Now we know we're not alone.
One of the health trend's first advocates was perhaps a little bit of a huckster.
Robert FitzRoy published his first weather report in 1861. It was largely accurate.
Falling is never a good idea, but it used to be way worse.
Patients need fluid, somehow.
In 1796, Georges Cuvier convinced his fellow researchers that some bones belonged to a species that no longer roamed the Earth.
From the moment the first LCD screen was created, the goal was to create a flat television.
Before two twentysomethings simultaneously figured out how to isolate the element cheaply and efficiently, it was one of the most valuable metals in the world.
Early headgear was meant to prevent death. Today's versions attempt to prevent concussions, but protecting players who take repeated hits is hard.
Edward N. Hines became passionate about transportation reform as an avid biker—inventing the first center line to divide a street in two.
A Greek doctor found himself unable to experiment on humans when he came to America, so he used animals instead.
Patients prefer to swallow drugs in little balls, but their ability to actually deliver drugs has a spotty history.
The Reagan administration sped up the implementation of location-finding services for civilian use after the Soviet military shot down a passenger aircraft.
Could it have been any other way?
The discovery of thiamine began with the search for a microbe.