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Ideas Are Scary And Surprising

by Txchnologist staff

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk,” Thomas Edison said. Many of Edison’s quotes are about the importance of inspiration and work. With these two ingredients, the optimistic tinkerer can shape raw materials into brand new things.

Of course, this is a significant oversimplification of the process of innovation. Turning imagination into something fully realized is not a simple or clear-cut task, with the journey to many great advances looking a lot like stumbling around in the dark blindly.

From medicine and physics to the creation of new appliances, the process at the heart of changing the world may not often be beautiful, but the final result is. Here are six game-changing discoveries in which chance, curiosity and an open mind played a huge part:

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Edison’s Research Named National Historic Chemical Landmark
The American Chemical Society is conferring the designation of National Historic Chemical Landmark on Thomas Edison’s work. The honor is being bestowed during three separate ceremonies.
The first occurred on May 25 at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Fla. The next will take place on June 6 at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, N.J., and the third will be held at The Henry Ford, Greenfield Village, in Dearborn, Mich., on Sept. 20.
As part of the celebration, ACS explores Edison’s lifelong pursuit of innovations through chemistry in the short video below. 
In this episode of ACS Reactions, the society visits the Edison National Historical Park, Edison’s home and laboratory. The site preserves his inventory of labware, inventions and paperwork that documents advances in artificial light, batteries, motion pictures and recorded sound.
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Edison’s Research Named National Historic Chemical Landmark

The American Chemical Society is conferring the designation of National Historic Chemical Landmark on Thomas Edison’s work. The honor is being bestowed during three separate ceremonies.

The first occurred on May 25 at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Fla. The next will take place on June 6 at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, N.J., and the third will be held at The Henry Ford, Greenfield Village, in Dearborn, Mich., on Sept. 20.

As part of the celebration, ACS explores Edison’s lifelong pursuit of innovations through chemistry in the short video below. 

In this episode of ACS Reactions, the society visits the Edison National Historical Park, Edison’s home and laboratory. The site preserves his inventory of labware, inventions and paperwork that documents advances in artificial light, batteries, motion pictures and recorded sound.

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The Lunar Landing Training Vehicle and its predecessor, the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle, were developed by NASA in the early 1960s to prepare astronauts for the first mission to the moon. Built by Bell Aerosystems, the vehicles featured a GE CF-700-2V jet engine that pointed downward to cancel out 5/6th of the vehicle’s weight. Two 2250 Newton hydrogen peroxide lift rockets were also used to help simulate lunar conditions.

Three out of the five that were created crashed during training, with all of the astronauts, including Neil Armstrong in the first crash, ejecting safely. According to Armstrong, the Lunar Module flew better than the test vehicles, but the test vehicles were vital to the success of the moon landing. In his own words, “What the LLTV gave you was not so much the seat-of-the-pants dynamics as the real-world visual. That and the fact that, if you make a mistake, you can’t hit the reset button.”

Read more about the vehicles here. GIFs from NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center / YouTube

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Researchers working in GE labs have used special magnetic material to achieve temperatures cold enough to freeze water. The breakthrough system, which is projected to be 20 percent more efficient than current refrigeration technology, could be inside your fridge by the end of the decade.

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