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Students adapt wheelchair to allow teacher’s husband to take newborn for walk

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CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Students adapt wheelchair to allow teacher’s husband to take newborn for walk – CBS News Watch CBSN Live A Maryland teacher’s husband has physical disabilities that prevented him from safely taking their newborn for a walk. So students pitched......

A Brief History of the Invention of the Home Security Alarm

Marie Van Brittan Brown, an African American nurse living in Jamaica, Queens in the 1960s, was working odd shifts, as was her husband, Albert, an electronics technician. When she arrived home late, she sometimes felt afraid. Serious crimes in Queens jumped nearly 32 percent from 1960 to 1965, and police......

How a Railroad Engineer From Nebraska Invented the World’s First Ski Chairlift

SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | Feb. 2, 2021, 9:38 a.m. Growing up, Marilyn Curran Ryan remembers being strictly forbidden from opening the drawers of her father’s secretary desk in the living room of their South Omaha, Nebraska, home. That’s where Union Pacific engineer James Curran kept his blueprints and drawings, including the plans......

Coronavirus: The board game – German sisters’ invention sells out for Christmas

WIESBADEN, Germany (Reuters) – At a loose end during Germany’s first lockdown, the four Schwaderlapp sisters decided to put their long hours indoors to good use – by inventing a coronavirus board game that is selling by the thousands. “Corona” can be played by up to four players, who compete......

How PEZ Evolved From an Anti-Smoking Tool to a Beloved Collector’s Item

SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | Dec. 15, 2020, 8 a.m. When it comes to stocking stuffers, one product hits a perfect harmony: the PEZ dispenser. Part character, part candy, and all collectible, the trinket has delighted kids and collectors around the world for decades. And yet when Austrian confectioner Eduard Haas III invented......

The Accidental Invention of the Slip ‘N Slide

It was August 2000, and I’d been picking noodles out of my hair for days. The seniors at my high school decided the incoming freshmen needed a bonding experience, and so they laid out at least a dozen bright yellow plastic slides across the soccer fields, dumped Kraft macaroni and......

How the First Sports Bra Got Its Stabilizing Start | At the Smithsonian

SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | March 18, 2020, 12:48 p.m. It was 1977, and Hinda Miller, Lisa Lindahl and Polly Smith were doubled over with raucous laughter. They say their very clothing was in jeopardy. “We were literally peeing in our pants we were laughing so hard,” chuckles Lindahl. The object of their......

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