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Black History Month Tribute to African American Inventors of Technology

Black History Month Tribute to African American Inventors of Technology

I have searched and compiled a list of African American inventors and patent holders and their contributions to science and technology. We should be grateful for their hard work and dedication that has made a difference in all of our lives. George Edward Alcorn invented a new type of x-ray spectrometer. Patricia Bath was the […]

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Do You Remember The Game Pong?

Do You Remember The Game Pong?

In 1974, Atari engineer Harold Lee proposed a home version of Pong that would connect to a television: Home Pong. The system began development under the codename Darlene, named after an attractive female employee at Atari. On September 5th, 1975 the home version of Pong was released and sold exclusively by Sears. The cost was […]

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First Wireless Message Sent 110 Years Ago Today

First Wireless Message Sent 110 Years Ago Today

On August 23, 1899, the first ship-to-shore wireless message in U.S. history is sent by Lightship No. 70 to a coastal receiving station at the Cliff House in San Francisco. “Sherman is sighted,” the message said, this message was referring to the ship Sherman, which was returning a San Francisco regiment from the battlefields of […]

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Little Person Makes MLB Debut

Little Person Makes MLB Debut

I am an avid baseball fan and I remember my dad telling me this story when I was a young kid. I found it amazing and thought that one day I could be a big leaguer, but that never panned out. On this day in 1951, little person Eddie Gaedel makes his big league baseball […]

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Ride Sally Ride 26 Years Ago Today

Ride Sally Ride 26 Years Ago Today

Today marks the 26th anniversary of the first female astronaut to enter space. Sally Kristen Ride (born May 26, 1951) is an American physicist and a former NASA astronaut who, in 1983, became the first American woman and youngest American (at the time) to enter space. Sally was aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983 […]

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A Memorial Day Tribute

A Memorial Day Tribute

Memorial Day is much more than barbecues and the beginning of summer. To many people, especially the nation’s thousands of combat veterans, this day, which has a history stretching back all the way to the Civil War, is an important reminder of those who died in the service of their country. TechJaws would like to […]

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Nathan Bedford Forrest – Civil War Confederate Commander

N.B. Forrest, as he signed his field communications, was not only the reputed founder (there is evidence both supporting this and NOT) of the KKK . . . and, I would quickly add that the KKK then was very unlike the one that we detested in the 20th century . . . but a rather […]

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Are You Scared of Snakes?

If you were alive 58 million years ago you would be. This snake would make the Boa look like a worm in comparison. Scientists are reporting the discovery of the fossilized remains of the largest snake ever recorded — a 42-foot behemoth weighing more than a ton, according to an analysis in today’s issue of […]

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Tattoos Past and Present

Tattoos Past and Present

TechJaws is a technology news site aimed at the general public, particularly at the technology-enthusiast, but today we are mixing it up little. This blog comes from Janet T, our first guest post. We hope you enjoy this post and share your comments. What is a tattoo? A tattoo is a permanent marking made by […]

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The Web 20 Years Ago

The Web 20 Years Ago

It wasn’t Al Gore who invented the internet, in fact he didn’t know what the internet was until around 1992. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is where it all began in March 1989. A physicist, Tim Berners-Lee, wrote a proposal for information management showing how information could be transferred easily over the Internet […]

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First Black American Nobel Peace Prize Winner

First Black American Nobel Peace Prize Winner

On this day in 1950, Ralph J. Bunche was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the first black American to receive the award. In 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received his Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche (August 7, 1903 – December 9, 1971) was an American political scientist and diplomat who received the 1950 […]

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New York City Intrepid Re-Opens

I remember pre-911 when I last visited the Intrepid and was in awe by the massive site and history. Yesterday morning, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum made its grand opening, in front of officials and former crew members. The ceremony came after two years of extensive work, which included the complete rebuilding of […]

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