WORLDKINGS - On This Day - August 18, 2018 - French Astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium in solar spectrum during eclipse in 1868
(Worldkings.org) A French astronomer spots an unknown element, now known as helium, in the spectrum of the sun during a much-anticipated total eclipse. The event marks the first discovery of an "extraterrestrial" element, as helium had not yet been found on Earth.
WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlights – August 17, 2018 - Surgical training system lets students feel what they're virtually doing
(Worldkings.org) While there are already surgical training systems that use VR (virtual reality) headsets to "place" students in an interactive computer-generated operating room, a new simulator goes a step further. It incorporates haptic feedback, allowing users to actually feel the pressure exerted by digital tissue.
WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlights – August 17, 2018 - Sennheiser's Memory Mic can record audio from afar
(Worldkings.org) Sennheiser has released a Bluetooth mic that gives you a way to make sure your video comes with crisp sounds -- even if you're recording from afar.
(Worldkings.org) On August 17, 1835, Solymon Merrick of Springfield, Massachusetts patented the first wrench.
WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlights – August 16, 2018 - Kaffeform Creates Reusable Coffee Cups From Coffee Grounds
(Worldkings.org) Kaffeeform is making coffee cups from used coffee grounds. The company combines natural glues and wood particles with leftover coffee grounds from cafes to create reusable, sustainable, dishwasher friendly cups.
WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlights – August 16, 2018 - Peter Trautwein of German Water Foundation developed CloudFisher nets for harvesting clean water from fog
(Worldkings.org) Peter Trautwein of German Water Foundation develops projects CloudFisher that designs technology to transform mist nets into drinking water. Project designing installations that mimic spider webs in Morocco to harvest fog in atmosphere into crystal clear water.
WORLDKINGS - On This Day - August 16, 2018 - First vertical loop roller coasters operated at coney island in 1898
(Worldkings.org) On August 16, 1898, Edwin Prescott was awarded a patent for the loop-de-loop Roller Coaster having a section of vertical loop.
WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlights – August 15, 2018 - Genesis custom guitar splits in two for travel ease
(Worldkings.org) Roving around the country with a guitar as a companion, busking for change, is how many legendary players paid their dues in the first half of the 20th century. But full-sized acoustic and electric guitars don't exactly make easy travel buddies – dreadnoughts are bulky and pickup-packing axes often heavy. Dedicated travel guitars can help, but players may have to make sacrifices for portability. Philip Hart's Genesis guitars have been designed to marry full-size feel and tone with travel-ready convenience.
WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlights – August 15, 2018 - No-spill bottle is electronically activated by your lips
(Worldkings.org) Opening the "sipping port" on a reusable bottle can be tricky, if you're drinking from it one-handed. If you just leave it open, though, the bottle's contents can slosh out as you drive, jog, etc. The Lyd bottle offers a solution, in the form of a lid that only opens when your lips are touching it.
WORLDKINGS - On This Day - August 15, 2018 - The first U.S. patent for a dental chair was issued to M.W. Hanchett in 1848
(Worldkings.org) Dental chair have been around since 1848. They are used daily as a chair for a patient to be comfortable while they are at the Dentist.