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The Disembodied Voices of Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison invented the phonograph & put it in dolls. Learn more about Edison's phonograph at Stuff of Genius. See more »

Inventor Patents Typhoon Busting Submarine

Koichi Kitamura has filed a patent for typhoon busting submarines. Learn more about Kitamura & his invention on Stuff of Genius. See more »

Deciphering Da Vinci's Cover Letter

Leonardo Da Vinci wrote a great cover letter to Ludovico Sforza. Learn more about the letter at Stuff of Genius. See more »

Tongues of Living Flame: Nikola Tesla and the Pan American Exposition of 1901

Nikola Tesla proved the superiority of alternating current at the Pan-American Exposition in 1901. Learn more at Stuff of Genius. See more »

Homogeneous Demographics in the 2013 Nobel Laureates

The average Nobel laureate in 2013 is 71, American and male. Learn more about Nobel laureate demographics at Stuff of Genius. See more »

Guided By Voices: Abraham James and Oil Divination

Abraham James claimed spirits guided him to oil. To learn more about Abraham James, oil and spiritualism, visit Stuff of Genius. See more »

Kisho Kurokawa's Organic Architecture

Kisho Kurokawa designed organic, modular architecture. Learn more about Kisho Kurokawa at Stuff of Genius. See more »

900 Geniuses: The 2013 Class of MacArthur Fellows

The MacArthur Foundation announced 24 new fellows for 2013. Learn more about the 2013 Class of MacArthur Fellows at Stuff of Genius. See more »

900 Geniuses: Maria Chudnovsky

Maria Chudnovsky works in graph theory. Learn more about Chudnovsky's use of mathematics on Stuff of Genius. See more »

Growing Up With Uncle Stevie

Stephen King is an influential writer. Learn more about Stephen King's impact on literacy and culture at Stuff of Genius. See more »