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Stuff of Genius: Vlog: October 19, 2013

Christian addresses comments from YouTube, Facebook and Twitter about the show's new format.

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.

Stuff of Genius: Changes in Oil

John Ellis invented motor oil in 1866. Learn about the different types of engine oil his company Valvoline now produces to keep your vehicle optimized.

Stuff of Genius: How a Japanese Drummer Changed the World

Daisuke Inoue was a drummer for several Japanese bands, and spent hours memorizing popular songs. At least, that is, until he realized how much easier life would be if he could automate the band. Learn more in this episode.

Stuff of Genius: Mad Genius: Jack Parsons and Solid Rocket Fuel

Jack Parsons was an rocket innovator whose discoveries helped lead to space flight. Learn how he was also an occultist sex magician who died in an unexplained explosion.

Kisho Kurokawa's Organic Architecture

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

Stuff of Genius: The Innovation of the Engine

Learn how the engine changed our way of life over the centuries thanks to innovators like Hero of Alexandria, John Newcomen, James Watt, Etienne Lenoir and Nikolaus Otto.

Stuff of Genius: Introduction

Stuff of Genius tells stories of extraordinary individuals who push the limits of what we know. Join your host Christian as he investigates inventors, innovators and the occasional madman or two.

Stuff of Genius: How Bakelite Changed the World

After making millions from a new photo paper, many people would retire. Leo Baekeland, on the other hand, was just getting started. Learn more about how he invented Bakelite -- and how it changed the world -- in this episode.

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.

Stuff of Genius: Liquid Paper

Dallas secretary Bette Nesmith Graham hated typos, because erasing an error left smears and smudges. Luckily, she decided to tackle the problem with paint rather than erasers. Learn about her Stuff of Genius in this episode.

Stuff of Genius: Carlson and the Copier

Before the invention of the modern copier, companies across the world depended on time-consuming -- and, often, incorrect -- duplication methods. Learn how Carlson's Stuff of Genius made Xerox a household name in this video.

Stuff of Genius: Josephine Cochrane and the Dishwasher

Josephine Cochrane didn't exactly enjoy washing dishes -- then again, who does? Luckily, Mrs. Cochrane happened to enjoy design and a flair for invention. Learn more about her Stuff of Genius in this episode.

Stuff of Genius: Henry Phillips and the Screwdriver

Flat-head screwdrivers have been around for centuries, but when Henry Phillips realized he'd need a better screwdriver for power tools, inspiration struck. Learn more about his Stuff of Genius -- the Phillips Screwdriver -- in this episode.

Stuff of Genius: Charles Fritts and the Solar Cell

As an electrician, Charles Fritts was intimately acquainted with the drawbacks of coal-powered electricity distribution grids. Tune in and learn how he used selenium, gold and glass to make his own solar-powered Stuff of Genius in this episode.

900 Geniuses: Maria Chudnovsky

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

Stuff of Genius: Neon Lights

Have you ever been curious about the story behind those bright city lights? Then tune in and learn how Georges Claude's Stuff of Genius illuminated the world of advertising in this episode.

Stuff of Genius: The Pop-up Toaster

Although toast itself dates back into prehistory, the toaster is a very recent -- and convenient -- invention. Tune in and learn how Charles Strite's Stuff of Genius became a fixture of the modern kitchen.

Stuff of Genius: Spray Cans

Although the idea of an aerosol spray back to the 18th century, Erik Rotheim was the first person to make a working device based on the concept. Tune in and learn how his Stuff of Genius has changed the world -- for better or worse.

Stuff of Genius: Charles Drew and the Modern Blood Bank

Before the advent of the modern blood bank, blood could only be stored for about two days. Luckily, when Charles Drew began researching ways to prolong the usefulness of stored blood, his Stuff of Genius struck. Tune in and learn more.